Imagine Bugs Bunny traipsing through the forest, twittering “No more books, no more school! No more dirty looks!” That was, more or less, the atmosphere at Global Prestasi as the students piled into the hall for the Christmas program, which ushers in the end of the first semester. School’s out! No more waking up at the crack of dawn to get to school on time. No more burning the midnight oil studying for exams or finishing a paper. No more assignments – at least for the next two weeks. Gut feel tells me that all my students from Grades seven to 10 will be cramming to read the literary pieces I assigned them viz. Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Grade 7; Coraline by Neil Gaiman for Grade eight; Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (retold by Clare West) for the ninth graders; and As You Like It by William Shakespeare for the 10th graders during the last week. Worst case scenario – they don’t read at all.

I'm not a morning person but Ibu Liertji, principal of Junior High School, of Global Prestasi is all set for the Christmas Celebration.

The Junior High School division had their Christmas Celebration program at the Global Hall of the school while the Senior High School occupied the lobby of their building. It was a celebration of the birth of Christ with a service for the Christians and, afterwards, a variety show that featured the talents of the students. It was a medley of songs by the teachers (except this one who gave moral support from the audience) who sang “I Will Follow Him” and students who sang, well, Christmas songs at Global Hall. Naturally, there were dance numbers – one was a ballet by an eighth-grader; a tambourine dance by a group of girls representing the seventh grade; and a modern dance routine by yet another group of ladies representing the eighth grade.

An interesting break from the Christmas theme of the program was the yo-yo demonstration by two boys from the ninth grade. The dexterity was amazing – the yoyos were flying in the air with not one of them skipping a beat.

All's ready for the Christmas program of the Junior High school division of Global Prestasi.

Over at the Senior High School’s program, I managed to catch the teachers singing a song and, shortly afterwards, a skit on putting a party boy who disses Christmas on the right path [read: being a church-going boy]. And a simple lunch of, what I think, was nasi uduk.

The teachers from the Senior High School division of Global Prestasi take center stage.

Then school was a ghost town at around 1pm.

Selamat Natal dan Selamat Tahun Baru!

[Photography by Ibu Henney and Jessica Maria]

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