Last week, Saturday, was a busy day for Dhanu and his class – in fact, for the whole elementary classes at Dhanu’s school. It was the day the students presented their final works as the sign that the semester has ended (or, in other words, their exam). As Dhanu’s class had the theme “dinosaur” this semester, all lessons (math, science, social study, etc.) and activities (outing, etc.) involved dinosaurs, one way or another.
On the big day, the classroom walls were full of students’ works. The main space was set with seats for parents, facing three tables with one diorama on top of each. These three dioramas depicted three dinosaur eras, which were a result of a team work. The presentation started; each kid (there were eight of them) spoke out a line they rehearsed before, explaining the dinosaur eras. Some kids knew their lines by heart, some read from a piece of paper.
Dhanu’s turn to speak was the second-from-last. When he started to speak, his classmates covered their mouth with their hands, giggling. They thought Dhanu’s accent was funny, like a person who’s learning to speak Indonesian – which was what he is indeed. Dhanu didn’t seem to notice them and continued reading his part from a piece of paper, but in a squatting position, his face hidden behind a diorama. I guessed he’s shy, but when asked later at home, he said he squatted because he had to pee (it’s an excuse he used many times already).
This was Dhanu’s part:
Hewan yang hidup pada zaman ini di antaranya: Deinonychus, Pachycephalosaurus, Triceratops, Coritosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Stirakosaurus, T-Rex, Nanotyrannus, Euplocephalus.
After the presentation, came a question-and-answer session. Parents could ask questions and students should answer them. Now the students – including Dhanu - became more animated. They were yelling their answers simultaneously and apparently more impulsive, compared to the rehearsed part. Dhanu no longer squatted behind the table but springing and raising his arm while shouting his answers, along with the others. Afterwards, the program ended and these kids were declared as passing their first grade and are entitled to start as second graders in the next semester.
We went around the classroom to watch the display before leaving. Four ‘fossils’, another team work results, were on auction (we were too late to bid for one that Dhanu worked on). Photos from the geology museum showed each student posing as a fierce dinosaur in front of an erected T-Rex fossil. A cluster of drawings showed how each kid drew a dinosaur and personalized it as him/herself, giving it their names. So there are Bungasaur, Iqbalsaur, Dhanusaur, etc. A box gathered the students’ findings of (clay) fossils, which they dug out of a sand pit (the school’s playground). Dhanu happily showed us around, especially to Lindri. He lent her his teacher’s set of dinosaur, pointed a group of cracked dinosaur eggs from where sponge dinosaurs emerged, and many more.
A bigger closing day of the semester is yet to come: tomorrow (Saturday 23 June) will bring a big assembly event of the whole school. Students from Playgroup, Pre-School and Elementary school will perform on stage and a small bazaar will take place at the school premises. Well, that’s a fun closing of the semester. The next one will bring another theme, another fun! See you in Grade Two!
More photos from that day: http://dhanulindri.multiply.com/photos/album/39