Performing Arts and LOTE

At Mt Eliza Primary School we teach the Indonesian language through the Performing Arts program.

Learning another language fosters students’ ability to think and reflect about the workings of language and to develop mental flexibility and problem-solving strategies. It also increases opportunities and abilities to develop interpersonal skills and cultural awareness.

Across Victorian schools, Indonesian is one of the most widely offered languages, with one in four Government primary schools and one in three secondary colleges offering Indonesian.

Students are immersed in the colourful aspects of the Indonesian culture through dance, song, stories and music. This program has the added benefit of not only teaching students a second language and culture, but equally important, providing an opportunity for students to practise higher order thinking skills in a meaningful context.