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Right this moment, all twelfth graders are having national exam…so I think it’s perfect to talk about year book as they will all soon graduate from high school.
The closer the twelfth graders to their graduation day the more they get busy with their year book, apart from being busy with national exam and university entrance test. We don’t have prom here because it’s not our custom to have a dancing party of sort. However, just like Halloween and Valentine, Prom has slowly gaining more doers. But the proms are mostly hosted by students without school’s involvement. Since they don’t have to think much about prom, they use their creative mind to create the best theme for their year book.
Here in Indonesia (like most Asia) , we don’t use moving class yet. The students are put in one class for the whole year, they got to know each other pretty well for that year. To be honest, I like this arrangement more because it gives chance for students to learn to be a member of community, their class community. This small community will them put their head together to come up with an idea of how to share their class on their year book.
They also appointed some students to be the committee to handle the book as a whole. The committee will take pictures of the teachers and the school’s employees (from the administration people to the orderlies and even the people who sell food in canteen). They will also collect pictures from all the extracurricular clubs and the members of OSIS and MPK (student organizations). Basically, they are the mastermind of the whole book.
Now, here are three year books that I got from my previous school. The books are from year 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Before the book shares the twelfth graders, it opens with the tenth graders and the eleventh graders and the extracurricular clubs.
The teachers and employees are also on the first pages.
And then begin the parade of the twelfth graders.
They usually open it with words from their homeroom teacher. As I have said before, they create their own class theme. They took pictures of themselves as a whole class and as individual.
Here are some themes from the year books I have:
It won’t be a year book without individual information, such as name, address, hobby, etc. This is how they share their information, with expressive photos:
As I have said above, year book is a kind of battle of creativity and for me, this class from year 2007 has the most creative theme with a very solid team work. They had a movie theme. They put their photos on DVD of famous movies and then they put their information under the DVD (I cut the information bit). What makes it funny is the way they changed the tag line, like in 50first dates became 50first hates and the tagline became ‘imagine having to hit over the girl of your dream every friggin days’ …hit literally means hit.
Different school has different way of creating their year book and NOT ALL schools have year book. Most of the schools in Indonesia have no year book as it is not something compulsory. Few school routinely make year book, my old high school is one of them.
I am going to close this edition of Indonesian banget with a photo of Class of 2008. I love this photo so much as it truly shows the closeness of this class. I taught in that school for 4 years and Class of 2008 was the most solid one. I am grateful that I once became part of this closeness and I am also glad some of them still keep in touch with me 🙂
From what I saw in movies, as I have never been abroad, I saw some differences with our year book. I am not sure how different they are…please share what you can about your country’s year book on the comment form 🙂