Our first day in Singapore!

Departure from Tullamarine, Melbourne

Departure from Tullamarine, Melbourne

Fresh off the plane, the Hawkesdale VCE Environmental Science students woke up this morning eager for their trip to Malaysia. The day begun with an Asian styled breakfast, giving the students an opportunity to explore a different cuisine. After breakfast everybody hoped on a bus and headed for the Tanjung Bin coal plant in Malaysia. After a long trip and the stops at customs, the students were keen to explore the coal plant.

Tanjung Bin Power Plant in Malaysia

Tanjung Bin Power Plant in Malaysia

When we arrived at the coal plant a big lunch was provided for everybody hosted by warm welcoming staff. The food was luscious and divine, and although many students hadn’t tasted Malaysian food, all enjoyed the lunch. For many the lunch was a highlight, as not only did it fill our stomach, it also gave us a taste Malaysian-styled food. All the staff were very generous and we can not thank them enough for their kindness and willingness to share their knowledge with us.

After lunch we were taken on a tour around the coal plant, getting a insight of how it runs. Before the tour everybody got geared up in helmets, vests, and protective footwear. This was a challenge in itself as many students struggled to find shoes that would fit and many were walking around as if they were in clown shoes. We saw first hand how the coal plant worked by walking around, and taking a bus tour. Along the tour we got to see the boilers and visit the port where the coal is imported. Taking photos at the port was difficult with many of us struggling to keep our eyes open while the photo is being taken.

Safety gear to be worn for a tour of the Power Plant

Safety gear to be worn for a tour of the Power Plant

Once the tour was ended, everybody hoped back on the bus and headed back to Singapore where we enjoyed a leisurely stroll along the waters edge.

Please note this post was added by Anne Mirtschin for Britt Gow who experienced some problems adding the post overseas.

Introducing Malay Customs and Cultures – An eIntercultural Learning Adventure!

Veronica Woo, an innovative teacher from Malaysia, organized an extravaganza two weeks ago. The library was booked so that we could videoconference with skype using the Interactive White Board to project the web  conference. A number of classes from year 6 to 11 were present – a total of more than 45 students and 6 staff members.

Year 11 students from  SMJK Poi Lam School in Ipoh, Malaysia, demonstrated to and treated us with the following:-

  1.  Malay dance performance
  2. Demonstration on how to play ‘congkak’
  3. Demonstration on how to beat the Malay drum ‘kompang’
  4.  Brief introduction of a Malay wedding
  5.  Demonstration on paper money-folding ( folded items are given as Bridal gifts to families concerned )
  6. Ended the web conference with a song!

Three of our year 6/7 students learnt how to dance the Malay Dance by following the Malay girl’s movements on screen. Most students had an Australian paper note to practise folding the paper money.

In turn, our students and staff demonstrated the following:-

  1. a bearded dragon lizard
  2. a pet colourful baby bird
  3. how to play Australian Rules Football (footy)
  4. vegemite and how to spread it on a dry biscuit

It is always great to see that the sharing of objects over the web cam, makes students overcome their shyness, as their curiousity drives them to naturally ask questions about the object.