Consul-general visits Weeroona College

WEEROONA College Bendigo welcomed Indonesian consul-general Irmawan Emir Wisnandar yesterday as part of its cultural day celebrations.

The consul-general was joined by Indonesian Information Social Cultural Affairs consul Irvan Buchari and vice-consul Vitrionaldi during the visit.

City of Greater Bendigo mayor Alec Sandner officially opened the event in a formal assembly.

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and University of Melbourne were also represented on the day, with four representatives travelling to Bendigo for the day.

Year 8 students from Weeroona College and Bendigo Senior Secondary College practised traditional dances, martial arts and gamelan singing, and tried their hand at the bamboo instrument, angklung.

Indonesian cycle rickshaws, known as becak, were enjoyed as well as mask and puppet making workshops.

Guests were treated to a traditional Wayang shadow puppet performance and a taste of Indonesian cuisine.

Weeroona College principal Leanne Preece said the celebrations were an ideal opportunity for students to learn more about our Indonesian neighbours.

Ms Preece said Weeroona College actively promoted learning a second language in Australian schools, particularly Asian languages.

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