Student council is an organization consisting of exceptional and trusted students to lead the school. It plays a significant role in representing the students to both local and international communities. To officially celebrate the new generation of leaders, BTB conducts a special ceremony for all council members to be able to voice out their devotions in front of the whole BTB community. This directs the spotlight towards the student council as bthey are the stars of BTB that everyone looks up to. All of the council members receive special ties and pins to represent their responsibility as leaders. Being part of student council may seem cool. However, it actually bears many heavy responsibilities that need to be carried out. - Audreyana Ariella (Grade 11).
"Being part of the student council is a big achievement of mine. At first, I joined student council for granted; that is, for the tie and the pin. However, I have realised the importance and responsibility of being a member." - Bianca Razendra (Grade 10 Einstein)
" Running for the student council had taught us a great deal of experience, one of which is that we have to be tough and open-minded even in the face of perceived failures. The challenges we faced taught us that nothing is easy to achieve unless you work your heart out!" -Richie and Satya Dhira Alfa Teja. (Grade 11)
In August, I competed in the 2nd National Hapkido Championship joined by more than 200 athletes from all over Indonesia. Since I didn't win the previous competition, I practiced very hard for the whole year until I felt I was ready. I was so nervous until I found a way to calm myself down y humming a Charlie Puth's song slowly while waiting for my turn without caring that my competitors were listening. With all eyes looking straight at me while I was performing, I tried to collect as much courage I had so I could do my best.
Finally, with the support of my family and my coach, I won the fold medal. Tears of happiness rushed down my cheeks soon after I knew the result, as my hard work finally paid off. I am hoping to improve and achieve more in the next competitions !
Natasha Shanice Chanaka
We interviewed Ardelly Yangsen, a student from Grade 6 Einstein, who had the best seat in the house to the event. Her favorite part of the competition was the unexpected debate between Mr. Blake and Mr. Edison. She did expect that the `Language B' group would win since they got the highest points. She was really excited that she got to experience this wonderful presentation.
This year's Teachers' Day also got our senior students substituting as teachers for the day. Grade 12's Deborah Angdinata, who became a grade 6 Chinese substitute teacher, said that she learned that teaching is a difficult job that teachers must face every day. In addition, finding materials to teach the students and presenting in front of the class made her nervous. Despite how nervous she was, however, she was able to maintain her composure. This experience even inspired her to take part in more collaborative activities in the future.
On October 28, my friends and I joined a program to help build houses for the less fortunate. We worked together with Habitat for Humanity in small groups of twelve. Each group was assigned to help construct one house.
This was my first experience in building something real and big, first-hand. I found this experience exciting and enjoyable. At first, I didn't know how to do certain things. However, once the person-in-charge showed me how, I was able to follow the steps and managed to complete the tasks.
There were various tasks that each volunteer can do, from building the foundation of the pillars to stacking up concrete bricks to build a wall. In my opinion, the most difficult task was building the wall because it required lots of energy. However, I persevered because over time it became enjoyable. During the process, I was able to mix real cement that was used to glue the bricks together to make a concrete wall by using water. It was a rare experience that I could only get during this activity.
I had fun with all of my other friends. We were able to show great teamwork by looking after each other during the activity, making sure that none of us were hurt during the process, because constructing a house is quite a dangerous job.
Even though I was not able to help build the house until it was completely finished, I am really happy that I could be of help.