Selamat Datang! (welcome)


The LOTE program at Elwood Primary School focuses on the national language of our closest neighbor, Indonesia ,’Bahasa Indonesia’.


 Students learn Indonesian once a week. The LOTE room is located upstairs in the senior school. There are two Indonesian teachers Kirsteen Reid and Jenny Zimbachs. We are also lucky to have Made a native speaker and a fantastic Balinese artist who works at our school in the garden and supports the LOTE program at different times during the year. Each student is given an Indonesian work book to record their work in, and in a sense this will form their own dictionary of basic vocabulary to use over the year.


The students learn both Indonesian language such as basic conversations, greetings, colours and numbers as well as explore the culture of Indonesia through investigations. We look forward to working with your children this year and hope to create a passion for learning about the language of our closest neighbor!


Students can further develop their language skills at home by accessing the website LANGUAGE NUT which the school currently subscribes to. This site has Indonesian vocab lists for many topics and a variety of games and activities to help develop fluency. The website details are, www.languagenut.com , user name-elwoo4791, password-elwoo0523, enter the Modern languages, click on Indonesian, and select Topics. You will find many engaging activities here.


In Term Two we celebrate Indonesian Week where students watch a wonderful Asian performance as well as explore Indonesian culture through literature, creative activities, food and investigations. This is a real highlight of our year at Elwood Primary School.


We value learning about our Asian neighbors and creating a sense of connection to our geographic region.


Sampai Jumpa ...


Kirsteen Reid




Term One Overview- LOTE

Grade Two- This term is very exciting for our grade two classes as they begin their language journey. Students will learn how to introduce themselves, the greetings of the day, colours and numbers 1-10. We will explore new language through recall games and activities.


Grade Three and Four- We start this term by writing a personal profile which we will send to our friends at our sister school in Bali. We will then test our memory on the colours and the numbers 1-20.


Grades Five and Six- This term our focus is on recalling basic conversation structures and using these to write a simple cartoon conversation. We will also be creating colour by number activities to share with our new Grade Two Indonesian students, as well as extending our knowledge of numbers 1-100.


Indonesian week

At Elwood Primary School we celebrate the wonderful culture and language of Indonesia in term two in our Indonesian Celebration Week.


Our celebration includes …………..

  • Learning Indonesian language
  • Learning about and Investigating Indonesian culture in our classrooms
  • Inviting guest companies to visit our school and present amazing Indonesian dances, puppet plays and musical performances.
  • Preparing and cooking an Asian themed lunch in our Kitchen Garden program
  • Indonesian Red and White Day- On this day we dress up in the colours of the Indonesian flag and donate a gold coin to fundraise for our Sister School in Bali.
  • Our parents and friends share wonderful activities and stories with our students about their travels or childhood
  • All students get to create some amazing art pieces for the Indonesian Art competition which are then displayed around our school.


It is a great week and the children and staff love making this a special celebration. 



 Asia Week 2016



Songan Primary School– Our Sister School


Through the Bali Children Foundation, Elwood Primary School shares a Sister School relationship with the Songan Primary School in Kintamani, Bali. This region is a beautiful part of Bali which is in the mountains beside lake Batur. The region has suffered from many landslides that has caused great hardships for the local people. This program is just one way we create more opportunities for the children at Elwood to develop relationships with our Indonesian friends through letter writing and digital communications. We also raise funds during Indonesian week to help purchase learning resources for our friends at Songan Primary School. We look forward to your support with our fundraising activities.