Bandung Trip

Bandung Trip; Character Building for 7 Graders of SMPK 6 PENABUR


In order to equip students with real life skills, SMPK 6 PENABUR held a field trip to Bandung, West Java, on Thursday, October 13, and Friday, October 14, 2016. The event was subjected to the students of Grade 7. There were 11 teachers joining that trip.

The students went to Bandung, the capital city of West Java, by using buses. There were four buses occupied. The students gathered at SMPK 6 PENABUR at 6.30. After briefing and morning prayer, they went to the buses, and started the journey to Bandung.

The trip to Bandung was not smooth as there was some congestion. The students spent time in the buses by chatting, playing jokes, and eating some snacks. It was not rare that they laughed, chatted and told jokes very loudly, so the teachers had to remind them continuously to be silent. The teachers sometimes got angry with those pandemonium acts. However, there were some patient teachers who could hold their nerves and keep calmed down.

The students and teachers would have had a trip to Geology Museum, one of the most famous museums in Bandung, if there hadn’t been so many students from other schools there. There were too many students and people in the museum. There was no empty space for parking, too. It is sad that the students were not able to visit that museum as they could learn many interesting things about nature, minerals, natural disasters, and Geology there.

Christina Natalina Tanjung, the chief of the event, made a decision by making the students going directly to Saung Udjo. The students also had lunch there. In Saung Udjo, the students watched Wayang Golek (traditional puppets) show, angklung concert, danced through traditional songs, and learned to play angklung. Angklung is a traditional musical instrument made of bamboo. It is one of Indonesia heritages. The students enjoyed the activities very much. They laughed. They participated in every activity there.

After visiting Saung Udjo, the students went to Cikole Jayagiri. That was the place where the students would stay for that day and the following day. The students were given keys to their cottages. Then, they went to their cottages, put their belongings, and took bath. Having done those things, they gathered in the hall and had dinner.

After dinner, they had a session with Manatar Hasudungan Gultom. Manatar recalled the students on their purposes on going to school. Manatar made them realize that they went to school to study and make friends, preparing for their future.

Manatar also emphasized on Parents’ love. The students were invited to ponder about how kind, caring, and true their Parents have loved them. Most students wept because of that. Manatar also asked the students to write something for their Parents. And, the students did it.

In the following day, the students woke up at 5 and had exercise. After the exercise, they had breakfast. They enjoyed the breakfast and the cozy weather of Cikole, Bandung. Cikole is near Tangkuban Perahu Mountain, so the weather is cool and fresh. The atmosphere is relaxing.

Then, the students had outbound. In the outbound, the students played many games, did some puzzles and riddles, and sang songs. The games were designed to build students’ teamwork. The teachers functioned as mentors in the outbound. They facilitated the students to think about things learned from every game played. When the outbound had finished, it was almost 12. The students returned to the hall and had lunch. The students looked tired, but they were happy. They couldn’t help talking their experiences in the outbound. “I am happy,” said Brandon Juta, a 7 grader of SMPK 6 PENABUR.

The last session was about reflection of their activities there. The students did some words puzzles about morals they learned there.

The students left Cikole at around 1.30 pm. The students stopped at rest area and ate some meals on the way to school. The traffic was quite bad. Therefore, they arrived at school almost at 8 pm. The students were tired, but they indeed had learned many things from the trip. The teachers expect that the skills will be useful for the students’ future lives.


(Written by: Andreas Aris Ardianto)