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We are excited to announce that SEKOLAH MONTE SIENNA has been granted International Baccalaurcate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) Candidate Status by the International Baccalaurcate Organization.
Jl. Yos Sudarso, Sungai Jodoh, Kec. Batu Ampar, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29432
Grade 4: Revealing our Identity through Art
Revealing our Identities Through Art
By Ms. Evelyn Historillo, Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher

The Grade 4 students of Sekolah Monte Sienna recently participated in an engaging journey into how expression of identity can be represented in different ways, making them realize their composite identity.

These lines of inquiry were the focus of their exploration:

  • the role of culture and heritage in forming identity
  • ways people express themselves
  • decisions people make in the creative process
  • what a work can reveal about its creator

The students’ artistic creations, including poetry, traditional dances, and other performing arts illuminated various facets of their learning journey. As they celebrated their heritage, students cultivated a deeper understanding of the diverse cultures coexisting within their learning community.

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Recognizing that learning extends beyond the confines of the classroom, we fostered collaboration with three parents from our class. Their enthusiastic sharing of expertise and personal experiences delved into their identities and cultural heritages.

From one of the tribes in Indonesia to the islands of Malaysia and the rich culture of the Philippines, our resource speakers transported us to their respective homelands. They shared their remarkable arts, heritage, and cultures, offering a glimpse into their composite identities.

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Celebration of Learning

Students’ artworks, vividly illustrating their cultures and traditions, played a crucial role in our learning experience. Our classroom turned into a vibrant gallery, showcasing crafts, paintings, and sculptures telling stories of cultural heritage. Through art, students expressed their identities using patterns and symbolic representations. The universal language of art, conveyed through colors and shapes, provided a meaningful connection to their cultures and identities, shaping their composite identity.

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The highlight of our program is probably the dance presentations that we have prepared from the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. Selected students performed the dance “Tiklos” which is originally from Central Visayas in the Philippines. Our Malaysian audience were also happy to see their representation through the dance “Asas Zapin Melayu”. The dance performances concluded with the dance “Tari Simalungun” from Indonesia.

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We ended the program through a heartfelt rendition of an original composition that was completed in Music class. Through the help of our Music teacher, Mr. Ray Lapoliwa, students were able to compose and present an original song entitled “Unity”. The song captures our diversity, not just in our class, but in Sekolah Monte Sienna as a learning community.

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Among the most important factors motivating students is the involvement of their parents. The experience of seeing their parents in one of their journeys inspires them to put their best foot forward. In that matter, Grade 4 parents showed their full support and involvement during this journey that helped our young artists become the best versions of themselves

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Jl. Yos Sudarso, Sungai Jodoh, Kec. Batu Ampar, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29453