Glenroy College currently teaches Indonesian as a Language to Year 7 - 10 and VCE
In 2009, the student voice group expressed concern over not having a language at the school and Indonesian was reintroduced in 2010. There are currently Indonesian classes at all levels and there is a strong focus for these classes is on using ICT and digital technologies to enhance their language learning. These technologies include the use of iPads, flipcams, easyspeak microphones and laptops.
Students experience Indonesian films, music and food to enhance their learning of the culture. Traditional stories, cultural arts, dance and Indonesian animals are also learnt by the students.
In 2011, the school was a recipient of the Becoming Asia Literate: Grants to Schools (BALGS) initiative and received a $20,000 Federal Government grant. This money has gone towards Professional Learning for the teachers, funding new digital technologies, providing real life language experiences and resources for the students and setting up a Sister School Relationship with an Indonesian school.
In 2015, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) was introduced in Year 9 to the school whereby students learn Humanities in Indonesian.
Sister school program Students and Teachers from SMA N 1 Kasihan, Yogyakarta have come on three occasions to the school to experience Australian school life and culture. While they are in Melbourne they stay with Glenroy families and assist with language classes and other cultural activities at school. Our students have travelled to Indonesia twice. This trip allows students to gain first hand experience of Indonesian language and culture through an immersive program that includes visiting historical sites and nature parks, rafting, hiking and other cultural experiences such as cooking and dancing. Students also spend several days at out sister school where they live with a host family and attend school. Students return home with more confidence, with better Indonesian language skills and a deeper understanding of other cultures.