Meanwhile, let me tell you about Teacher's Day, which was this day two weeks ago that was basically set aside for nothing but fun. Instead of work and classes, the students and teachers spent the whole day playing games together, like...
water balloon toss,
The students also put on impressive demonstrations of Tae Kwon Do and Silat, which made me feel very safe in case of an unexpected ninja siege. The Tae Kwon Do club concluded by breaking several boards, then letting the teachers try one.
I managed to remember enough about side-kicks to bust it on the second try!
There was also a drama show put on by each form, in which the students good-naturedly made fun of school, the teachers, and themselves, and ended by thanking their teachers for everything. One of these performances even parodied speech choir, ripping off the script and exaggerating all the movements. I forgot how much talent and energy high school performances can have, especially when the students are making it all up on their own!
The student band also put on a great performance, managing to pull off "Rock Around the Clock" in the same program as "We Are the World".
The student emcees then took the opportunity to award cute little plush hearts to pairs of students and teachers who share an uncanny facial resemblance.
And I got to try out the gamelan:
As teachers, we were inundated with gifts from the students and prizes for the games. I am now the proud owner of a small washcloth, a cute mug, a notebook, some very short-lived chocolate, and a very respectable glass baking tray. We ended the day with dinner at a seafood restaurant on the beach, where a huge heap of prizes were awarded to teachers whose names were pulled from a hat. In reflection, I'm glad I didn't have to bring any more swag home; I'm quite satisfied with my baking tray!
Now to find an oven to use it in...