The importance of learning a language is for the people to communicate and interact. Nelson Mandela once said that, “Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savour their songs.” Therefore, enable for us, human beings to communicate effectively, we need to share the same codes.
One of the most well-known languages, most people use nowadays, is the English Language. It has become the new international language. It is very obvious as most people speak English when they meet foreigners. There are also more people who speak English as their second language. So, it is a fact that the English language plays a crucial role in communication and is no doubt plays a vital role in modern days.
BPK PENABUR JAKARTA, as an educational foundation, takes the above statements as a concern and responsibility to equip students with many great opportunities that would enhance their knowledge and skills, using the English language. With regard to this, the “English Day Program” has been implemented to all BPK PENABUR schools. This program aims to facilitate various kinds of activities that would unleash the potential, and boost the confidence of all the students, teachers and staff, using the English language as their means of communication in the school. To make sure that this innovative program runs well, it is being evaluated annually.
Last 20th of May, 2017, the SMPK PENABUR Harapan Indah bagged three major awards in the mentioned program above, specifically “The Best Implementation of the English Day Program”, “The Most Collaborative
English Day Program” and “The Overall Winner”. This program was assessed by our honorable judges from BPK PENABUR JAKARTA, namely Ms. Ignasia Yuyun, S.Pd., M.Pd., Ms. Siegfrida A.S. Mursita Putri, S.S., M. Hum, and Ms. Hanna Juliaty, S.S., M.A. This is the fourth time that SMPK PENABUR Harapan Indah achieved the Overall Winner Award.
This success wouldn’t be possible without the help and unwavering support of our dear principal, Ma’am Ciptiyani and Ms. Ii Dwi Kristiningtyas, one of the English teachers in the school and also the PIC of the English Day program in SMPK PENABUR Harapan Indah, who had exerted profound effort to encourage our students, particularly all the English team members to do the best that they can to succeed.
SMPK PENABUR Harapan Indah has proved once again that with great determination, unswerving teamwork, perseverance, humility and faith in God, achieving success is possible. To God be the glory!
by. Ii Dwi