The University of Cambridge International Examinations has awarded two Taman Rama School, Bali students Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards for their exceptional performance in recent examinations.
In November 2009 international examinations Lee Shang Young achieved A for AS Level Chinese Language and in June 2010 Pradnya Paramitha Stuti gained A* in A Level Art & Design. Both students received High Achievement Awards for highest marks in Indonesia.
Lee Shang Young is currently studying Medical Science at Fudan University in Shanghai.
Pradnya Paramitha Stuti is working towards her first solo painting exhibition due to be held at Panigoros rd, Jenggala Jakarta mid 2011.
Celebrating United Nations Day with Resident Coordinator
On Thursday 21st October 2010 students from all grades at the Taman Rama School in Bali, celebrated the 65th anniversary of United Nations Day (24th October) with a morning of songs, dance and readings.
The event was attended by Mr. El-Mostafa Benlamlih UN Resident Coordinator for Indonesia and other honoured guests, including a representative from the Bali Governor’s office, Consul Officials and high ranking officers from Indonesia’s Army and Police.
Speaking on behalf of the School Foundation, Mr. James Nicholas Bird, director of Taman Rama School’s Cambridge International Fellowship Centre said that the school’s philosophy was based on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and the principles of Pancasila, and that it shared many of the United Nation’s values.
The colourful and lively event featured students from Kindergarten to Senior High School and told the history of the United Nations from its creation until present day. A carefully designed drama production focused on the broad issues facing the organisation, through its Millennium Development Goal programme and paid tribute to the organisation’s on-going work.
There was screening of Taman Rama and Asian International School’s recent charity donation to SDN 1 Sukawana, in Kintamani Bangli Region and awards were presented to the winners of the annual art competition. The theme of which was the Millennium Development Goals.
Mr. El-Mostafa Benlamlih, the highest ranked United Nations official in Indonesia, congratulated the students on a wonderful morning that was both entertaining and informative. He said that everything had been fully explained and that he himself had learnt about the key dates of UN’s history. Looking at the display of 192 world flags that had been cut into large hands and painted by the students he said the world would be a boring place without its diversity. He went on to congratulate students on their drama skit that accurately portrayed the eight UN Millennium Development Goals.
The UN Resident Coordinator told an anecdote about the importance of recognising the value of education and spoke about how the United Nations measures human development and how it sets levels for improvement.
The morning finished with a grand flag-waving finale followed by the inauguration of the art exhibition and annual blood collection.
For five days, eight teams from five schools faced off in the school’s first basketball tournament at Taman Rama.
Participating schools included Bali International School, JB School, Dyatmika, Santo Yoseph and the host Taman Rama.
The Taman Rama 13/14 boys lost their first game but went on to win three in a row advancing to the championship game. They gave a strong effort but could not hold off a talented JB School team over the final minutes of the game. But the boys have come a long way since their first practice and are starting to come together as a team.
“I saw good things from my players. I am happy with their performance and they should be proud of their efforts on the court,” stated head coach Jett Russell.
The 15 and up boys lost their first game as well, but they remained poised and went on to win their next four games to win the championship against Bali International School.
Head coach David Bertrand had this to say of his team, “Our guys really stepped up and defended their home court. Adi was our offensive MVP and Krishna was shutting down our opponents best players on defence. Our point guard Leo, has continued to prove that he is a leader and does a great job on both ends of the court.”
The tournament was a success and tournament director Jett Russell would like to give thanks to all involved.
“Talent-time”, the annual musical talent show, was once again an event of the highest caliber. Now in its fourth year Talent-time is a much anticipated and appreciated event on the school calendar. This year’s show was hosted by Literature teacher Mr. Ben who conceived the clever idea of having timed Rubik’s cube challenges between act change-overs. It was great to see so many students taking to the stage with confidence and professionalism.
Students Donate to Schools
On Saturday 26 November 2009, representatives of students, teachers, parents and administrative staff from both Taman Rama School and Asian International School visited two schools in the Jembrana Regency of Bali to hand over a charity donation raised by students of the schools.
The ‘Share for Peace’ programme was part of the celebrations commemorating the 140th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. The two schools receiving the charity donation were SDN 2 Baler Bale Agung, Negara district and SDN 6 Manistutu, Melaya district.
244 packages containing school uniforms, sport uniforms, shoes, socks, pencils, pencil cases and exercise books were given to students as well as English lesson books for primary students and t-shirts for teachers.
It was a day filled with much joy as each student received their packages from the representatives of the donating schools and took great delight in looking at the various items inside.
Japanese language as an additional option
Providing students with an opportunity to study a language other than English or Indonesian has always been an important priority of the Cambridge International Fellowship Centre’s education programme.
The LOTE (Languages Other Than English) programme initially offered a choice of Mandarin and French to all students at the Cambridge International Fellowship Centre. This school year we are excited to add Japanese to our LOTE program.
Students will learn basic Japanese as well as a little about Japanese culture. Senior students with previous knowledge of Japanese can use the lessons to properly prepare for either of two examinations offered by CIE. Japanese – First Language or Foreign Language Japanese.
Bahasa Bali has always been part of the curriculum in the National Plus section of Taman Rama. It is now also available as a LOTE option to students in the Cambridge International Primary Programme if they wish to study it as a second language
Marcella Ekaputri Tandiono from Year 11 in the Cambridge A Level programme of Taman Rama School has won a 50% tuition scholarship to the prestigious Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore. Marcella applied for entry at the regional office of NAFA in Surabaya.
Marcella had to complete a three-part entry test which included; an observational drawing test based an object in her possession; Marcella chose a pair of sunglasses. A collage from magazines that she’d been asked to bring in and an English language test. Marcella is currently taking a number of Cambridge AS subjects including Art and Design. She will start her 4 year Bachelors Degree in Interior Design in July.
Taman Rama School Ten Years in Bali.
In 2009 the Taman Rama School will celebrate its tenth year since opening in Bali. In 1999 the Yayasan Taman Mahatma Gandhi took the decision to develop a National Plus School here in Bali. In the ten years since it opened the Taman Rama School has established a reputation for innovation and development in education and sound moral guidance based on the principle of AHIMSA as expounded by Gandhi.
Indonesia’s First Cambridge Fellowship Centre.
The Taman Rama School in Bali has been awarded Cambridge Fellowship Centre status by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). This prestigious award makes the Taman Rama School Bali Indonesia’s first Cambridge Fellowship Centre and makes it a member of a select group of schools that have qualified for Fellowship centre status. There are 6,000 schools in 150 countries delivering CIE courses, 1,100 of these schools are Cambridge International Centres with less than 100 of these Cambridge Fellowship Centres. The Fellowship status enables Taman Rama CIE students to be eligible for special scholarships and awards.