Reinstate Indonesian classes at The Anglican School Googong 2019!

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A last-minute decision has been made by the Anglican School Googong's principal, Merryn Clarksmith, to discontinue the Indonesian language program in 2019. It is said that this is so that future language program options may be considered. This is despite the immense popularity and success of the current K-7 Indonesian program, which was originally planned to be offered to each year level as the school expands to K-12 by 2023.

The decision to discontinue Indonesian was made without school consultation and without regard for the interests of the students and school community. The culture of Indonesian study will be damaged and students will fall behind other Australian Indonesian learners.

All Australians concerned with improving international relations and raising the next generation of Indonesian experts must join in putting pressure on the school to reverse the decision to cancel the Indonesian program.

School community members - parents, carers and students - need to let the school know that they value the current Indonesian program (and that, at this private school, we pay for that value).

The school principal, the school board and the Anglican diocese need to be told by the school community that such a rash decision should be reversed or that a dialogue with the community be opened before decisions about changing the Indonesian program are made.

Our voices need to be heard loud and clear before the Googong Indonesian language culture is irreparably damaged!