Teachers of SMPK 6 PENABUR JAKARTA taught at its ‘sister school’ SMPK PENABUR JATIBARANG, Indramayu, West Java. The program was held in order to share knowledge among teachers of PENABUR. There were five teachers of SMPK 6 PENABUR involved in the unique program lasting from August 22 – September 2, 2016. They were Andreas Aris A., S.Pd. (English), Rudolf Bob M. Butarbutar, S.T.P. (Mathematics), Suko Rahadi, S.Pd. (Music), Adesta N. K., S.Si. (Biology), and Natalia Ava E., S.Pd. (Bahasa Indonesia). Andreas, Rudolf, and Suko were sent in the first week. Adesta and Natalia were sent in the second week.


The program run well as SMPK PENABUR JATIBARANG—both teachers there and the students–welcomed and received the guests very warmly.  “We have been waiting for this moment. We are very happy with the program. It’s a good chance for us [SMPK PENABUR JATIBARANG] to learn from teachers from SMPK 6 PENABUR,” said Mam Sri, a teacher of SMPK PENABUR JATIBARANG.


A big red banner welcoming the guest teachers was put in that private school. “The teachers of SMPK 6 PENABUR and the banner will make people here, especially students’ parents really believe that this school is a branch of BPK PENABUR Jakarta; and it has the same quality with those PENABUR schools located in Jakarta,” explained Mam Puji, the Principal of SMPK PENABUR JATIBARANG. “Therefore, there will be many more parents send their lovely children to this school,” she said.


The teachers of SMPK 6 PENABUR did the jobs quite well. They mingled with the students. The students seemed enjoyed and motivated by the teachers. “I feel a difference in the students. The students look so happy with the guest teachers. They work harder and enjoy the learning processes,” Mam Puji said.


The teachers did not only teach the subjects they were required to teach, but they also taught other subjects or skills such as Journalism, choir, and basketball. Besides, they also gave extra private courses about some lessons after regular school time. During the recess time, the teachers had conversations with the students—and, they did not only had talks with the junior high school students, but also students of PENABUR elementary school and PENABUR kindergarten school which are located in the same area.


This program is great. PENABUR should hold more programs which are like this program,” said Mr. Butarbutar. The Mathematics teacher also said that the students of SMPK PENABUR JATIBARANG are very polite and hardworking. “The students behave very well. They are polite and enthusiastic. They have determination. With these kinds of attitudes, they will be able to be great people in the future,” said Mr. Aris. The English teacher also mentioned how caring and patient the teachers of SMPK PENABUR JATIBARANG are. “The teachers have passions. They know the students very well. They are great,” he said.


Mr. Suko said that he was surprised by the politeness of the students. “The students are warm. They are very nice. Besides, they don’t litter garbage. The school is clean,” he said. The music teacher also said that the students have a good sense of music. “The students can learn a song or composition very quickly,” he said.


In the last day of the program (in the first week), the teachers and students of SMPK PENABUR JATIBARANG said thanks to the guest teachers. Some of students’ parents also came and gave some snacks for them. The students also gave them some handicraft as memento—something to remind them about SMPK PENABUR JATIBARANG. The students and a teacher accompanied them to the railway station, where they would take a train from there to return to Jakarta.


The teachers of SMPK 6 PENABUR were dazed by their kindness. “I’m unable to speak. They have been so nice to us. I will miss them,” Mr. Aris said. “They have treated us very well. They have treated us like we are special people. I’m so happy,” Mr. Butarbutar explained. “This is the first time I am treated as nice as this,” Mr. Suko said.


Written by Andreas Aris A.

English Teacher of SMPK 6 PENABUR Jakarta