School assembly pagipagi (very early)

This morning I was awake at 5am. Itwas still dark and the sliver of moon that is left was just setting….

When I arrived at school preparations

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Were already starting. It was 6:30am..

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Soon the students began streaming in

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Finally everyone is there nearly a thousand students! Amazing!

Let the assembly begin…

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First, it is  the flag raising ceremony…
It is choreographed and disciplined. Every one participates and joins in a national song and a reading of the

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Pancasila (like a code for living)

After this a representative from the police addresses the students about the dangers of driving and the best ways to to drive carefully. He outlines the regulations. Its an important conversation as nearly all the students
ride motorbikes to school.

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Finallythere was a celebration of the school’s latest achievements and address by the principal.  Pak Suteja held up each trophy and congratulated all those involved. This  week there were many

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Well done everyone!!

Soon after this assembly concluded.
We all stood for a long time… I wonder if our students in Australia could do this.

2 thoughts on “School assembly pagipagi (very early)”

  1. Amazing. That could NOT be any further removed from the school environment I’ve just spent time in! All those eager, good, compliant, high achievers! I reckon the Balinese would be shocked! I was debating with a colleague how it is that so many (“third world”) kids the world over would chew their right arm off to go to school, but the vast majority of Anangu kids can barely drag their feral little arses in there a couple of days a week! Alas, one of the conclusions we came to is that welfare passivity has had a fair bit to do with it.

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