SMP Includes Students in School Management
One of the schools which was visited and provided a guest speaker during the Review and Planning Meeting in Banyumas in July, was SMP Muhamadiyah, Kebasen. This school is very enthusiastic, even though most of the staff are temporary teachers on very low salaries. They include the students in the management of the school with the result, the students have a sense of ownership of their school.
Amongst other things the students have set up a collection box. The funds that are collected are used to improve the classroom environment, including putting up display boards and making shoe racks which are placed outside of the classrooms. There is a real sense of partnership in the school between the principal, teachers and students (see photos).
1. Agus, a grade 3 student of SMP Muhamadiyah, holding the collection box, is the treasurer with their teacher, Ibu Sri Winarti.
2. The students take off their shoes before going into their classroom and they themselves have collected funds to make a shoe rack.
3. The school tuck shop is managed by the students themselves.
4. Some of the SMP Muhamadiyah students pictured with their principal Bpk Sudimo, who is very enthusiastic. There is a real sense of partnership between the principal, teachers and students.
School Supervisors in Purworejo join in
The SBM, Community Participation and PAKEM training in Purworejo District held from 12 - 17 September 2005, was not only attended by teachers, principals, and school committees, but also by primary and junior secondary school supervisors. They worked throughout the training, reviewed the results of and made reports on every training activity.
Above: : Primary School Supervisors actively joining in the SBM, Commmunity Participation and PAKEM training in Kutoarjo sub-district, Purworejo. They formed their own group to do the same tasks as the school groups were doing and read the results of the other groups' discussion and made their own follow-up plans.
Right >>: Secondary School Supervisors modelling PAKEM during the PAKEM training in Kutoharjo.
Madrasah Ibtidayah Attracting New Students
MIN Tegalsari, Blitar is one the MBE schools which has made a lot of progress. It is led by Bpk Syaiful, the school principal (photo right). Progress in apparent both in the learning processes and in its achievements. The school's ranking has risen so that now it is rated number 1 out of the 6 Madrasah Ibtidayahs in Wlingi sub-district. The school also gets many visits from teachers from schools in other areas. Now the parents in the area surrounding Tegalsari have noticed the development, and more of them are registering their children at the school. The number of students registered for grade 1 this year increased from 18 to 26. A few years ago there was only 89 students in the whole school.
SMP 4 Pati Progressing in Science
The SMP 4 Pati science teachers are committed to implement Contextual Learning by introducing more practical work and providing more skills training in science, including collecting, analyzing, and reporting data. Five science teachers from SMP 4 - Ibu Indah Catur Rini is in the centre - were photographed together in front of a display of students' work showing several experiments.
The teachers are holding a number of simple teaching aids that were used in the experiments, one of which was to try out different ways of preserving food.
School Publishes its Own Magazine
SD Patikidul 2, Pati is not an MBE target school but has made a lot of progress under the influence of MBE. One important innovation is a magazine published by the school itself. The magazine is filled with examples of creative and good quality contributions from the students.
In the photo (above) the magazine is being held by the Principal, Ibu Sri Widayati and one of the teachers who helped to publish the magazine, Ibu Dartini. The front page and inside page are reproduced below.