Stella is eleven years old. She is in Year 5 at Eltham Primary School in Melbourne and likes learning Literacy and Physical Education. She enjoys reading, playing tennis and writing stories. Stella has been learning Indonesian for three years and would like to visit Indonesia. She really enjoys learning Indonesian because it’s fun, interesting and useful, and because she has a wonderful teacher.
Stella is hoping to be a professional tennis player when she finishes school. She is also interested in teaching and politics. Stella is extremely proud and excited about winning the NAILA award, and hopes to be able to use her Indonesian knowledge in the future.
Speech topic: Introduce yourself to a new Indonesian friend.
Michelle is currently in Year 6 at Christian College Geelong. She has experienced a large amount of success in the language program, both in and out of school. This year, she has placed first in the state-wide Japanese speech contest and Indonesian Sayembara Lisan. She has been learning Japanese for 4 years and Indonesian for 2 years, to compliment the Chinese spoken at home and some Spanish.
Michelle is a very skilled musician, playing instruments like the piano and violin for the school orchestra. Her other hobbies include sports such as tennis, and in her downtime enjoys reading. Michelle loves learning languages, and is keen to learn to learn more about Indonesia in the future.
Speech topic: Introduce yourself to a new Indonesian friend.
Emily Dixon is in Year 7 at Catholic Ladies’ College. After learning Japanese in primary school, she fostered a love for Asian languages and culture, and began Indonesian at school is Semester 2 this year. Emily loves to read and write, so thoroughly enjoyed preparing for the NAILA competition and the challenges it presented with her new language. She began debating this year at secondary school and was awarded speaker of the night in her argument supporting the topic “That every secondary student should learn an Asian language”. Emily is very creative and loves art. She plays netball and enjoys cycling, canoeing and lazy days at home.
Speech topic: You have been invited to cook a popular Australian dish on an Indonesian cooking show. Demonstrate.
Jasmine is a Year 10 student at Ipswich Girls Grammar School. She has been studying Indonesian for 6 years. In the past year, Jasmine has been learning Indonesian online via the Cairns School of Distance Education in Far-North Queensland.
Jasmine enjoys playing netball, singing with chorale, participating in school service activities and getting involved in the community. She is particularly passionate about travelling and studying modern history. Upon her completion of high school, Jasmine will continue her studies at university, and wishes to experience international cultures.
Jasmine’s passion for Indonesian language and culture stems from her previous school, where her language teacher often spoke of the benefits of learning Indonesian and how this was, and is, important in modern society. Jasmine hopes to share this passion with others, by increasing awareness of Indonesia’s language and culture.
Speech topic: How do you think learning Indonesian will help you in the future?
Chakris is a Year 11 student who has been actively learning Indonesian as his third language for the past 3 years through the Western Australian home schooling curriculum known as SIDE (School of Isolated and Distance Education).
Home-schooling allowed Chakris to travel extensively throughout South East Asia every year since Kindergarten, fostering his passion for Asian languages. Chakris decided to learn Indonesian over other languages, “as it is the perfect bridge between my two countries of origin: Australia and Thailand”.
In 2014 Charkis was awarded the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Award for his excellence in school and extra-curricular activities. He returned to Western Australia after residing in Thailand at the start of 2015 to finish his WACE through mainstream schooling.
Chakris enjoys rock climbing and longboarding and hopes to someday add Japanese and Hebrew to his list of additional languages. He is a 2015 Leeuwin Youth Explorer Vogage Graduate.
Upon completion of year twelve, Chakris plans to continue studying Graphic Design and languages so that he may one day travel the world as a Freelance Designer and an advocate for international relations.
Speech topic: Do you think learning a second language changes the way you view the world? How? Why?
Emma Roberts is a recent graduate of Asia-Pacific Studies and a current Law student at the Australian National University. Emma has spent the last 18 months living in Indonesia under a study, research and internship program supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan scholarship scheme, for which she was chosen as the inaugural Yudhoyono Fellow. In 2015 Emma won second prize at the International Malay Public Speaking Championship and represented Australia at the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program.
Speech topic: Imagine you are the new Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs. Propose one new foreign policy, and explain its benefits to the Australian-Indonesian relationship.
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John is an economist and consultant and has had a long association with Indonesia. John first moved to Jakarta in the early 1990s as an impressionable 7-year old, and is now on his third stint, coming up on almost nine years of living in Indonesia (plus another two in Timor-Leste). Over that period, he has worked for the World Bank, AusAID, a Jakarta-based investment bank, in private advisory, and currently works as an infrastructure policy adviser to the Indonesian government under the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance.
John spends much of his spare time hanging out with his family, but also runs a blog called Nusantara Economics.
Speech topic: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela. Discuss.
Jane grew up in a small bush town called Toogoolawah in Southeast Queensland. Her love of Indonesia blossomed when she took her first trip abroad to Bali in 1998. Upon her return, she was inspired to study Indonesian. With books she borrowed from the school library, she taught herself in her final year of high school which led to her majoring in Indonesian at Griffith University.
More than a decade on, Jane is now in her second year of her PhD candidature at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the representation of leading female political figures in the Indonesian online media from the SBY – Jokowi presidency. Through the lens of gender and Critical Discourse Analysis, Jane seeks to examine the construction and contestation of Indonesia’s collective national identity through mediated representations of female politicians.
Beyond the harsh world of politics and gender, Jane has a passion for the art of Balinese dance. After quitting her office job, she spent time in Bali as a Darmasiswa Scholarship recipient and gradually learned to dance. Four years later, she now teaches and performs Balinese dance here in Australia. For Jane, strong friendships are formed through a shared love of the dynamic movements and romance of Balinese dance. Jane believes that the collective pursuit of the art of Balinese dance in Australia creates meaningful ties between Australians and Indonesians at the crucial grassroots, community level.
Speech topic: Introducing Balinese Dance
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