NAILA is very proud of our Awardees. We congratulate them on their achievements and applaud them for their enthusiasm in Indonesian language learning and in strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relations at a people-to-people level.

2020 AWARDEES

Primary Awardee 2020

Jake Wherrett

Middle Awardee 2020

Cameron Leggatt

Senior Awardee 2020

Oliver Gunthorpe

Tertiary Awardee 2020

Charlie Barnes

Wild Card Awardees 2020

Eve, Tabitha, She-Ro and Xian

Primary Awardee 2020

Jake Wherrett

Jake is 11 years old and has lived in both Australia and Indonesia. He loves animals, outdoor sports and hanging out with his friends. He actually finds learning Indonesian difficult but has been motivated by the NAILA competition and would like to thank NAILA and the sponsors for helping him in his language learning. 

Jake has done lots of interesting things in Indonesia. He has visited an active volcano, learned how to surf and welcomed 1500 guests to a traditional wedding. He has also eaten grasshopper, chicken intestine and snake. Jake expects his experiences learning about another culture will be useful in the future.

Watch his winning video entry here!

Middle Awardee 2020

Cameron Leggatt

Cameron is a year 9 student who enjoys school, loves trying new foods from different cultures, playing tennis, debating and writing stories. He has lived in Perth all his life and has had the opportunity to travel to many places including several Asian countries and yet to visit Indonesia. Cameron commenced learning Indonesian in Kindergarten and these days enjoys cooking and conversations during Indonesian class. He thinks learning a second language is a useful skill and may bring opportunities in the future when pursuing a career in law. Cameron would like to combine his language skills with his interest in Humanities and Social Sciences subjects in an international context. Cameron enjoyed making his submission for NAILA and super excited his speech was enjoyed by the judges.

Watch his winning video entry here!

Senior Awardee 2020

Oliver Gunthorpe

Oliver is a Year 12 student at Bandung Alliance Intercultural School who loves soccer, playing guitar, and the performing arts. He has studied Indonesian as a language elective since primary school, but direct cultural immersion has helped him the most. He learned a good portion of his language skills and Indonesian cultural understanding from a local soccer team that he played with during his time in Indonesia, which began in 2008. Oliver’s relationships with his teammates have greatly increased his understanding and speaking abilities, as keeping up with the local pace of dialect is quite a challenge.

His passion is to return to Indonesia after university studies and use soccer as a method of connecting to and educating the younger Indonesian generation. He has grown to love the Indonesian people, with their hospitality and friendliness, and enjoys relating to them through his understanding of their language.

Watch his winning video entry here!

Tertiary Awardee 2020

Charlie Barnes

Charlie has just finished his second year of Economics and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He has had a keen interest in Indonesia since he started learning Indonesian in Year 7. Inspired by fantastic teachers throughout his time at school, Charlie has been to Indonesia several times both to do intensive language study and to backpack around its many islands.

Charlie is passionate about promoting Indonesian language learning in Australian schools and universities, and increasing intercultural understanding between the two countries. Charlie is particularly interested in Indonesia’s political economy and hopes to return to Yogyakarta and Jakarta to study sometime in the future.

Watch his winning video entry here!

Wild Card Awardees 2020

Eve, Tabitha, She-Ro and Xian

Watch their winning video entry here!

2019 AWARDEES

Primary Awardee 2019

Bronte Halden

Monash University Middle Awardee 2019

Sophie Wherrett

The University of Melbourne Asia Institute Senior Awardee 2019

Samirah Yip

Tertiary Awardee 2019

Callum Lowe

Executive Awardee 2019

Anastasia Pavlovic

Educators Awardee 2019

Jane Ahlstrand

Deakin University Wild Card Awardee 2019

Nita Novianti

People's Choice (Group) Awardees 2019

Kenez and Blake

Primary Awardee 2019

Bronte Halden

Bronte is a Grade 6 student at East Manjimup Primary School. She lives in Western Australia with her parents, two sisters and a dog. Her hobbies include soccer, skipping, reading and doing triathlons.

Bronte loves going to school and she has been studying Indonesian since Grade 3. Her favourite subjects are maths, sport and Indonesian. She has loved taking part in the NAILA Awards for the past three years. Submitting to NAILA 2019 has provided her with so many different opportunities to extend her language and performance skills. Her favourite part of this year’s NAILA competition was learning of all the different ways her school helps the environment.

When Bronte grows up, she wants to start her own conservation program and live in Indonesia for a while to continue her Indonesian language learning and to help save native animals.

Monash University Middle Awardee 2019

Sophie Wherrett

Sophie is in Grade 7 and loves reading books, cooking, art and maths. She has lived most of her life in Tasmania but when she was seven, her family moved to Indonesia and she has been going back and forth ever since. She loves the warm weather in Indonesia and thinks the people are very friendly. Her favourite Indonesian foods are sate, mie goreng and bakpao. Sophie is thinking she might like to become an architect or teacher, and perhaps Indonesian will be useful in the future.

Sophie is very grateful for the experience of competing in NAILA which has encouraged her to take her language skills to the next level – thanks NAILA!

The University of Melbourne Asia Institute Senior Awardee 2019

Samirah Yip

Samirah has recently graduated from Monte Sant Angelo College, North Sydney. After previously studying Japanese and French in primary school, she chose to study Indonesian as a language elective in Grade 7. For the past six years she has thoroughly enjoyed studying Indonesian, not only deepening her understanding of traditional Indonesian culture but also developing new friendships.

She chose to study Indonesian because she was fascinated by the traditional Indonesian ceremonies, traditions and performances such as Wayang Kulit, and developed an interest in learning about the unique historic heritage of Indonesia. Indonesian was her favourite subject whilst studying at school, and she hopes to sustain these skills in the future for potential job opportunities or leisurely holidays to Indonesia.

Samirah has previously visited Indonesia with her family several times, and hopes to travel to Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Surabaya with her classmates in the near future to sustain her passion for and skill in the Indonesian language.

Tertiary Awardee 2019

Callum Lowe

Callum is in his third year of study at the Australian National University where he is an undergraduate researcher at the Research School of Population Health. He works on projects with the Department of Global Health, with a particular focus on the epidemiology of disease in the Asia-Pacific region, and is currently doing a project on sanitation in rural Central Java.

He has studied Indonesian for about two full years now but actually never intended on studying Indonesian. When he moved to ANU he wanted to study a language having just returned from a teaching trip in Vanuatu where he learnt a language called Bislama. Indonesian was the only language that fitted into his timetable so he chose it without much thought, and in his first class he felt extremely out of place as he was the only one who didn’t know a thing about Indonesia. But now, a few years later, it has become a big part of his work and his goals!

Executive Awardee 2019

Anastasia Pavlovic

Anastasia’s love for Indonesia stems back to her first visit to Jakarta back in 2001, falling in love with the becak, warung and satay. Upon entering university, she sought to reconnect with her cultural heritage by taking an Indonesian class. Four years later, she graduated with a BA majoring in Indonesian studies and sociology from the University of Sydney. During this time, she took part in a university exchange program to Universitas Gajah Madah, Yogyakarta with ACICIS in 2016. She also spent three months interning in the public relations department at Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah Yogyakarta (DPRD DIY) and volunteered as a Web & Video Officer for AIYA National.

She is particularly passionate about how the power of youth & women can change the world – which can only occur with a shared language and understanding of one another. Anastasia currently resides in Singapore where she consults with Australian small businesses on their social media marketing strategy.

Educators Awardee 2019

Jane Ahlstrand

Jane Ahlstrand is a lecturer in Indonesian at the University of New England in the regional city of Armidale. After completing her PhD at the University of Queensland in 2018, Jane moved to Armidale, and began her first academic appointment at UNE. She primarily teaches online, and while her students come from a range of backgrounds, they are united by a keen interest in Indonesia and its language. Aside from language teaching, Jane is an advocate for engagement with Indonesia through the arts. She teaches Balinese dance, and is currently hosting an artist in residence at UNE who is teaching gamelan to the community, and assisting in the digital documentation of the university’s gamelan collection.

Deakin University Wild Card Awardee 2019

Nita Novianti

Nita Novianti is a lecturer at the English Department of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI), Bandung. She is currently doing her PhD at the University of Tasmania. Also a mother to two beautiful children, Nita has always loved literature. She has published a couple of short stories and three novels. Apart from teaching English literature, she has also been teaching BIPA (Indonesian to Other Speakers of Languages) since 2008 and published as well as edited books on BIPA.

The NAILA competition has given her an avenue to channel her love for poetry and to put her translating skills to a real test. Her self-confessed brazenness to translate and recite a famous Australian poem by Dorothy Mackellar, titled “My Country”, has taken her to earn the “Wild Card” Award. Her very supportive husband and children have really helped her in applying for the Awards.

People's Choice (Group) Awardees 2019

Kenez and Blake

The winners of the NAILA 2019 People’s Choice (Group) Award are Kenez and Blake from South Australia.

2018 AWARDEES

Primary Awardee 2018

Blake Johnson

Junior Awardee 2018

Kayla Burnett

Middle Awardee 2018

Sreeya Das

The University of Melbourne Asia Institute Senior Awardee 2018

Rya Hwight

AIC Tertiary Awardee 2018

Ellen House

Executive Awardee 2018

Bryanna Wilson

Wild Card Awardee 2018

Iven Manning

Deakin University Teacher Awardee 2018

Tom McKenzie

Native Speaker Awardee 2018

Andrian Liem

People's Choice (Group) Awardees 2018

Team ACI (Aku Cinta Indonesia)

Primary Awardee 2018

Blake Johnson

Blake is a Year 4 student at Aveley Primary School in Western Australia. He has always lived in Aveley, which is near the Swan Valley region. 

Blake’s favourite subjects at school are Sport, History, Drama, English and Bahasa Indonesia. The main reason he enjoys learning Indonesian is because he enjoys learning about the culture, food and language. His Indonesian teacher is Ibu Yang, who has been teaching him Indonesian since Year 1. 

When he finishes schooling, Blake would like to compete in the Olympics in athletic running events. He is currently involved in football (AFL), cricket and little athletics on the weekends. 

Junior Awardee 2018

Kayla Burnett

Kayla is a Year 8 student at Emmaus Christian College in Adelaide. She has been learning Indonesian since Primary School and has found that competing in NAILA has improved her Indonesian. Partaking in NAILA was enjoyable and challenging for Kayla, with the opportunity to apply and share her interests to a wider community. She has traveled to Indonesia numerous times to visit relatives and wants to continue improving her Indonesian to communicate with them fluently. Kayla loves to discover more about her Indonesian cultural background and hopes to look further into it in the future.

Besides loving the Indonesian culture, Kayla loves the arts. Craft making, drawing, painting, and sewing are all some of Kayla’s main interests. Her main passion is sewing and she hopes to apply it in future job opportunities.

Middle Awardee 2018

Sreeya Das

Sreeya is a 14-year-old student studying the LEAP Program at Lyneham High School in Canberra. She has been studying Indonesian for almost eight years, with her interest and love for the language growing each year. She speaks four languages: Oriya, Hindi, English and Indonesian. Sreeya continues to strive to improve her language skills. 

Sreeya appreciates the opportunity to participate in NAILA as it has allowed her to extend her vocabulary, improve grammar, and enhance Indonesian fluency. This chance to learn has only furthered her love for Indonesia’s culture and language. 

She also enjoys Science (especially Chemistry), Mathematics, and Art, and would like to pursue Medicine in the future. She has a love for fitness and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle. 

The University of Melbourne Asia Institute Senior Awardee 2018

Rya Hwight

Rya Hwight is a Year 11 student attending Iona Presentation College in Perth, Western Australia. After learning Italian since Kindergarten, Rya chose to take Indonesian as an elective subject when it was offered at school while she was in Year 8. Since then she has found the last four years of studying Indonesian to be very rewarding and advantageous.

During the July school holidays in 2018, Rya had the opportunity to visit the island of Java on a school tour, spending time in Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Malang. As her first visit to Indonesia, she thoroughly enjoyed the time spent there and found the experience to be invaluable and beneficial in further developing her language skills and learning about the country and its people.

Living south of Perth and along the beautiful coastline, Rya enjoys taking her dogs to the beach during summer or spending time outside playing sports. Her other interests include swimming, playing piano and art. After completing her High-School education, Rya is still undecided about her career path but is interested in exploring the world and visiting new countries.

AIC Tertiary Awardee 2018

Ellen House

Ellen House is a third-year student at the University of Sydney studying her Bachelor’s degree in Arts (Languages). She commenced her studies of Indonesian in Year 7 and continued to study the language through to the HSC. Ellen’s love of the language and diverse culture of Indonesia inspired her to major in Indonesian Studies at university. Earlier this year she undertook a semester of study in Yogyakarta through the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICS). Ellen is passionate about the study of language and culture as a vehicle to better understanding the way of life of different peoples around the world.

Executive Awardee 2018

Bryanna Wilson

Bryanna’s passion for the Indonesian archipelago began in 2006 when she started studying Indonesian language at Ferny Grove State High School and has accelerated ever since. She took part in a university student exchange program to Yogyakarta in 2015 with the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). In Yogyakarta she immersed herself in the language and the student lifestyle and got the opportunity to travel around Indonesia. In 2017 she completed an Australian Volunteers International (AVI) assignment working as an editor/translator for the SMERU Research Institute in Jakarta. SMERU produces research into poverty and development throughout Indonesia. Since completing her assignment with SMERU, Bryanna has been living in Jakarta with her husband and child and is currently doing freelance editing and translating alongside the extremely rewarding job of being Mum to her daughter, Kirana. She has recently launched a new business and website at www.aksaraenglish.com and is certain that her relationship with Indonesia will continue well into the future.

Wild Card Awardee 2018

Iven Manning

Iven is a student of Indonesian and Linguistics at the University of Western Australia who has  recently returned from 18 months living and studying in Indonesia as part of the New Colombo Plan Scholarship. Throughout this fantastic stint, Iven soaked up as much Indonesian and Javanese language as he could, along with copious amounts of oil, sugar, motorbike fumes and secondhand kretek smoke. Iven has loved studying Indonesian and Javanese over the past three years, but it is what he’s learnt, gained and experienced as a result of knowing those languages which he considers to be of even higher value. Language is a bridge upon which people from different worlds come together and such exchanges have brought him happiness and wisdom – things which Indonesia has in abundance. He’ll always be grateful that it shared a little bit of each with him.

For Iven, it was hard not to feel a touch dismayed as he watched his language skills erode when he returned home to Australia. He is appreciative of the chance to maintain them through the NAILA awards, and thankful to be flown over to be a part of things this weekend. Makasih banyak NAILA!

Deakin University Teacher Awardee 2018

Tom McKenzie

Tom currently teaches Indonesian across Years 5 – 10 at Christian College Geelong, bringing his enthusiasm and passion for the Indonesian language and culture to a varied student base. Through his teaching, he aims to instil this same sense of love for Indonesia in his students. One of Tom’s biggest goals in Indonesian education is to combat the rapid decline of students studying the language through to VCE. With a change in teaching methodology, moving towards a more relaxed, fun, and interactive classroom, Tom has seen a large increase in students continuing their study in non-compulsory years.

Outside of the classroom, Tom has a keen interest the in bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia, bringing his teaching expertise to the AIYEP group of 2015 – 16, as well as various other programs and initiatives. After achieving his goals in teaching, Tom plans to extend his passion for Indonesia into other areas, further promoting the language and country to the broader community.’

Native Speaker Awardee 2018

Andrian Liem

Andrian was born and raised in Lampung. Now he is completing his PhD at the University of Queensland (UQ) under the supervision of Peter Newcombe and Annie Pohlman, with a scholarship from the Indonesian Government (LPDP RI). He joins in Pojok Bahasa at UQ and Balai Bahasa dan Budaya Indonesia Queensland to promote Indonesian language and cultures. He has also been interested in knowing more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and cultures because history shows that the friendship between Indonesian and First Nation peoples was established long before European colonisation.

People's Choice (Group) Awardees 2018

Team ACI (Aku Cinta Indonesia)

‘Team Aku Cinta Indonesia’ are a brother and sister duo who are 9 and 12 years of age. They have been living in Indonesia on and off since 2014 but prior to that they didn’t speak a word of Indonesian.

Learning Indonesian actually hasn’t been easy for them so entering the NAILA competition was the perfect motivation to improve their skills. They practiced over and over until they could remember the words without too many mistakes.

Just like in the video they love animals, Indonesian food and sightseeing. Adik really does want to become a vet and his big sister has just asked to start learning Javanese. Who knows she might even end up using her language skills for a job in the future!

They want to thank NAILA for this great opportunity to improve their skills and showcase the richness of Indonesia to their friends and family.

2017 AWARDEES

Primary Awardee 2017

Emily Snell

Junior Awardee 2017

India Lewis

Middle Awardee 2017

Jack Cheesman

AIC Senior Awardee 2017

Sarah Bouquet

Tertiary Awardee 2017

Jane Ahlstrand

Junior Executive Awardee 2017

Joel Grant

Senior Executive Awardee 2017

Daniel Peterson

Wild Card Awardee 2017

Catherine Coyne

Teacher Awardee 2017

Lyndal Chittleborough

Native Speaker Awardee 2017

Sherly Annavita

People’s Choice (Group) Awardees 2017

Kiera and Mercedes

Primary Awardee 2017

Emily Snell

Emily is a Year 6 student at East Manjimup Primary School. She has spent her childhood in the country town of Manjimup, a tall timber and farming community situated 300 km south of Perth.

Emily has studied Indonesian for five years and it is one of her favourite subjects, along with Art and Sport. Emily enjoyed the experience of entering the NAILA awards and saw it as an exciting opportunity to extend both her Indonesian language use and her confidence in performing. In her spare time she enjoys just spending time with friends and family.

In the future, Emily would love to study journalism or teaching at university. Gaining the skills to run a small business such as a hairdressing salon and having the chance to travel around the world are also things that Emily would like to do when she is older.

Junior Awardee 2017

India Lewis

India is a Year 8 student who currently enjoys studying the Indonesian language at Christian College Geelong in Victoria. She has studied Indonesian, alongside Japanese, for the past two years through the school’s core and elective program. She currently plans to volunteer in East Timor in 2018 as part of Christian College’s work in the region, where she looks forward to further developing her fluency in the Indonesian language. India enjoys studying Indonesian because of the challenge it provides, and she is very interested in finding out about the Indonesian culture.

India enjoyed competing in the NAILA competition. Writing her speech helped her to expand her Indonesian vocabulary, and practicing it helped her improve her fluency.

India enjoys studying maths and science at school. In her spare time she plays piano, which she has done for the past five years. She lives near the beach, and enjoys spending time at the beach during the summer months.

Middle Awardee 2017

Jack Cheesman

Jack is 16 and studying in Year 10 at Emmaus Christian College in Adelaide. He began learning Indonesian when he lived in Indonesia, and grew to love the culture and language. He continued to study Indonesian upon his return to Australia, and has now learned it for five years. His sister has been learning Indonesian for just as long, so it’s great to be able to ask her questions about Indonesian, as well as to practice Indonesian.

Jack has always had a passion for languages, and would like to travel to Indonesia to enhance his speaking skills and cultural understanding. He recently started teaching himself some French in preparation for a family holiday next year. Other things Jack enjoys doing are mountain biking with friends, swimming at the beach and singing in choir.

AIC Senior Awardee 2017

Sarah Bouquet

Sarah is a Year 12 student at Leongatha Secondary College in the southern countryside of Victoria. Sarah has enjoyed studying Indonesian since primary school and has been inspired over the years by a string of passionate teachers; Pak McGillivray, Pak Boss and Ibu Maria especially. Her love and enthusiasm for Indonesian studies became even more enriched when she participated in AIAV’s 2015-16 Northbound Exchange program in West Java, wherein she attended an Indonesian high school for six weeks and formed many long-lasting friendships.

Sarah plans to visit Indonesia again during her gap year and is also interested in enrolling in the University of Indonesia’s three month course for international students in Depok. At university, Sarah aspires to study a Bachelor of Music alongside a Diploma  of Languages, fostering her passion for both playing piano and speaking Indonesian. In the future, Sarah hopes to work at the Yamaha Music School in Bandung or Surabaya’s International Music School, wherein she can extend her passion of music to others while enjoying an endless supply of Sari Roti and Indonesian street food.

Tertiary Awardee 2017

Jane Ahlstrand

Jane’s passion for the language and cultures of Indonesia first emerged in 1998 as a 16-year-old visiting Bali on her first ever trip abroad. Growing up in a rural town, Jane was accustomed to the sight of cows, horses and lucerne paddocks. Visiting Bali, she became aware of an entirely different world filled with extraordinary sights, smells and sounds.

Determined to get to know this new world on a deeper level, Jane borrowed books from her school library and began to study Indonesian. This led to an Indonesian major at university, and many years later, a PhD study on the Indonesian language.

Jane also performs and teaches Balinese dance. After participating in a Darmasiswa scholarship program in Bali, Jane was inspired to share the beauty and intricacies of this unique art form with the world. She also writes a blog called JembARTan on the Australia-Indonesian arts scene and reports for Indonesian news outlets as a citizen journalist.

Junior Executive Awardee 2017

Joel Grant

Joel is currently based in Jakarta, working for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation to make informal education more accessible to young people throughout the Asia Pacific region. His Indonesia journey began very much by chance in 2008 when he at the last minute decided to study Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney. In 2010, Joel partook in the ACICIS program studying for two semesters at the University of Gadja Mada, after which he found it very difficult to part with the country. In 2013-14 he took part in the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) and the  Australian Volunteers International Development (AVID) program in Indonesia. Over the past six years, he has worked with several NGOs across Indonesia with a strong focus on youth development. He is very fond of Indonesian culture and has a strong passion for learning the local dialects from across the archipelago to develop strong relationships with people from Indonesia. He believes that this is the key to strong Australia-Indonesia relations.

Senior Executive Awardee 2017

Daniel Peterson

Daniel is currently completing his PhD at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at Australian Catholic University. Using the blasphemy conviction of former Jakarta governor Ahok as his primary case study, Daniel’s thesis investigates whether or not Indonesia’s broader human rights legal framework can withstand the challenges presented by the rise of political Islam in the archipelago.

Daniel also works as a research assistant at the Institute, where he is a principal contributor to both Euro-Islam and SHARIAsource. He is a qualified lawyer, fluent in Indonesian, and is an Associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the University of Melbourne.

Wild Card Awardee 2017

Catherine Coyne

Catherine has been visiting Indonesia for both long and short trips over the past 10 years. She was a volunteer in Jakarta for Indonesia’s National Commission on Violence Against Women, Komnas Perempuan, through the Australian Volunteers for International Development Program. Her role focused on creating and improving campaigns that raise awareness about gender-based violence in Indonesia, and editing reports, speeches, newsletters and press releases. Previously, whilst living in Bali, Catherine worked as an editor and writer for a website dedicated to women’s health. After completing a BA in Sociology she worked as a research assistant for Dr Zane Goebel, a Linguistic Anthropologist who specialises in Indonesian and Javanese language. Catherine was awarded the Darmasiswa Language Scholarship twice and has studied Indonesian at Universitas Udayana in Denpasar, Universitas Pasundan in Bandung, La Trobe Uni in Melbourne, and Wisma Bahasa in Yogyakarta. She currently lives in Alice Springs, Australia’s Central Desert.

Teacher Awardee 2017

Lyndal Chittleborough

Lyndal has taught English and Indonesian in a range of ‘classrooms’ including government, independent and international schools, rural indigenous Australia and the floor of a coffee picker’s staffroom! After being rescued from a near-drowning by a German stranger in Kuta, Lombok, and climbing Mt Rinjani together, they had three children and moved to Medan, Sumatra. Lyndal learned Indonesian from her domestic helper, becak drivers and the mums at nursery school. She now teaches Indonesian in the Adelaide Hills, and enjoys the incidental learning that happens when Australian students meet Indonesian visitors. Her long-time favourite Indonesian word is perpustakaan (because the word ‘library’ should sound sophisticated), along with maaf and toko-toko (rated as overwhelmingly fun words to say by her students).

Native Speaker Awardee 2017

Sherly Annavita

Sherly is an awardee of Australian Awards Scholarship, doing her Master of Social Impact in Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Previously, she studied International Relations at Paramadina University in Jakarta. She has been actively involved in youth organisations in Indonesia, such as Gerakan Mari Berbagi (GMB) as Board Member and Dewan Kerja Nasional (DKN) under Ministry of Youth and Sport of Republic of Indonesia as Vice Chairman. Through those two organisations, together with her friends, Sherly has conducted several social projects such as National Youth Leadership Camp in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Sail Radja Ampat 2014, Indonesia-Australia Homestay Program in 2014 and 2015, Education for All, etc. She is passionate about youth, social change, and development. She believes that there is always youth behind social change. Her passion for those three things has led her to be selected as the winner of ‘I am President,’ a speech competition about Indonesia in 2030 (2013). In 2014, she participated in a four-month youth exchange to Australia, and held an internship at SBS Radio as announcer of the Indonesian Program in Sydney.

People’s Choice (Group) Awardees 2017

Kiera and Mercedes

Kiera Robinson and Mercedes Purcell are currently in Year 9 at Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak. They both grew up and live in Melbourne and have been learning Indonesian for 3 years as an elective subject together. Apart from Indonesian, their favourite subejct is Maths. In their spare time they like to spend time together and with other friends, cooking, playing sport, and socialising. Kiera and Mercedes would both love to continue Indonesian till Year 12 and beyond, and travel there together to put their speaking skills to action! Mercedes would love to become a plastic surgeon and Kiera is still unsure about what she wants to do.

Mercedes is the oldest of 2 girls and Kiera is the youngest of 3 girls. Kiera has a dog and Mercedes has 2 rabbits, a cat, and a lizard. They are both extremely grateful for their experience with NAILA and hope to participate in the future.

2016 AWARDEES

Primary Awardee 2016

Precious Lundberg

Junior Awardee 2016

Lazuli Chittleborough

Middle Awardee 2016

Zahra Daghagheleh

Senior Awardee 2016

Penny Vakalopoulos

Tertiary Awardee 2016

Shanti Omodei-James

Executive Awardee 2016

Tom McKenzie

Wild Card Awardee 2016

Sally Andrews

Native Speaker Awardee 2016

Muhammad Arif Zamani

People's Choice (Group) Awardees 2016

Bella and Jack

Primary Awardee 2016

Precious Lundberg

Precious is a year-six student. She currently attends East Manjimup Primary School in rural Western Australia. She has been studying Indonesian for six years. Precious loved the challenge of the NAILA competition, since she only had a short amount of time to practice and memorise her speech. At school Indonesian is one of her favourite subjects along with literacy and sport. Precious loves to play basketball, to swim and to act in the Manjimup Repertory Club. She enjoys getting involved with social activities with the school and the town.

When she grows up, Precious would like to study forensic science at university. She also aspires to travel the world and see its wonders.

Speech Topic: Introduce yourself to a new Indonesian friend. Winning video: click here.

Junior Awardee 2016

Lazuli Chittleborough

Lazuli enjoys Year 7 at Cornerstone College, South Australia where she now studies German and Chinese. Her enthusiasm of Indonesian studies at primary school was enriched by having been surrounded by Indonesian speakers when living in Medan, Sumatra for three years of her early childhood. The NAILA speech competition gave her a chance to reflect on cultural differences and similarities between specific communities within Indonesia and Australia. Having travelled to several Asian countries, Lazuli loves reflecting on cultural difference. She also likes spending time with her family, gardening, writing and loves days at beaches.

Speech topic: The moment where my understanding of Indonesia changed. Winning video: click here.

Middle Awardee 2016

Zahra Daghagheleh

Zahra is 15 years old and attends Glenroy College in Melbourne, Victoria. She has been learning Indonesian for three years while simultaneously studying the english language. Indonesian is her fourth language after mother tongue, Arabic and Persian. When Zahra arrived in Australia three years ago, she started school at Glenroy college and was inspired by her Indonesian teacher, Miss Cole as she taught with passion and inspired Zahra to learn more about Indonesia.

Her dad is also another reason that she is learning Indonesian: he always says that “learning another language not only helps you, but it will also help other people.”

In her spare time Zahra enjoys rock climbing, swimming, badminton, learning about different cultures, especially Indonesian culture, and travelling around the world. She also enjoys solving maths and chemistry equations. After completing Year 12, Zahra wants to study medicine, as well as Indonesian at university.

Speech topic: How do you think learning Indonesian will help you in the future? Winning video: click here.

Senior Awardee 2016

Penny Vakalopoulos

Penny is a Year 12 student at Carey Baptist Grammar School in Melbourne and has been learning Indonesian since Year 7. Her love for Indonesian culture was first sparked in Year 9 when she participated in an exchange program in Surabaya, and has grown steadily ever since. She has also visited other parts of Indonesia, including Jakarta where she was able to volunteer casually for a short period teaching English. Next year, Penny will be taking a “gap year” and spending five months in Indonesia, volunteering in Lombok and Jakarta, revisiting her friends in Surabaya, and following Ramadan and Lebaran celebrations in Yogyakarta, where she also plans to commence learning Javanese language. At university, Penny plans to study a Bachelor of Arts including a major in Indonesian, with other areas of interest including Asian Studies, Philosophy, Literature and International Development. She hopes one day to be able to live and work in Indonesia to study its culture in more depth, and is inspired by figures like Irish scholar Benedict Anderson who became an expert on South East Asian anthropology, specialising in Indonesian studies.

Speech topic: Do you think learning a second language changes the way you view the world? How? Why? Winning video: click here.

Tertiary Awardee 2016

Shanti Omodei-James

Shanti has spent the past four years splitting her time between Indonesia and Australia. As well as completing her undergraduate degree in Development Studies from the University of Adelaide, she has participated in a year long exchange to Indonesia as well as a short exchange through the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program. When Shanti does return to her hometown of Adelaide she is often busy volunteering within the Indonesian community. Previously Shanti held the role of President of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association South Australia Chapter and more recently she was part of the INDOFest team, helping to organise one of the largest Indonesian festivals in Australia. In her academic life, Shanti has spent the last year conducting her honours research with Flinders University on religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue in Indonesia. She was awarded an ANU Indonesia Project research grant to conduct this research.

Speech topic: Consider one issue that you have studied at university and explain how it impacts on either Australian or Indonesian society. Winning video: click here.

Executive Awardee 2016

Tom McKenzie

Tom is an Indonesian teacher at Christian College Geelong, and has always been passionate about the Indonesian language and fostering the relationship between Indonesia and Australia. Currently teaching middle years (from grades 5 – 9), his goal is to raise the profile of Indonesian study in early years. He began his language journey in prep, and credits his love of Indonesia to his primary school teacher. Over 20 years later, he is still heavily involved in growing Indonesian study and involvement in Australia. In late 2015 and early 2016, Tom was selected to participate in the Australian-Indonesian Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP), and brought a breadth of knowledge and experience in terms of Education to the program. In his spare time, Tom is a keen volleyball and tennis player, and enjoys relaxing in front of the TV with his PS4. After achieving his goals in teaching, Tom plans to extend his passion for Indonesia into other areas, further promoting the language and country to the broader community.

Speech topic: What are the three biggest hurdles we must overcome to strengthen the Australia-Indonesia relationship? Winning video: click here.

Wild Card Awardee 2016

Sally Andrews

Sally is in her final year of a Bachelor of Laws/International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney, and was recently selected as a New Colombo Plan Scholar and the 2015- 2016 Indonesia Fellow by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She volunteers as a ChilOut Youth Ambassador and as Secretary of the West Papuan Development Company, an Australian NGO that constructs wells in the Papuan provinces. Sally has published several pieces focusing on Indonesia and Melanesia, including a stint as the 2016 Indo-Pacific Fellow for Young Australians in International Affairs. She clerked for Harmers Workplace Lawyers in 2015 and has worked at Allen & Overy as a paralegal and Indonesian translator. She has completed research internships within the Melanesia Program of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, and recently worked for General Electric in Papua New Guinea on a maternal mortality research project. She is currently based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where she is completing a law exchange at Universitas Islam Indonesia as part of her New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

Performance: An original song titled “Soekarno”. Winning video: click here.

Native Speaker Awardee 2016

Muhammad Arif Zamani

Arif Zamani originally hails from Bandung, Indonesia and currently resides in Canberra as a master research student at the Research School of Accounting of the Australian National University.  He is an awardee of the prestigious Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education administered by the Indonesian Ministry of Finance. Arif actively promotes Indonesian cultures through organizing various traditional music and dance performances, culinary and language exchange for those based in Canberra. Currently he serves as an Event Director of the ANU-Indonesian Student Association and General Officer of Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) ACT Chapter. In his time off, Arif enjoys travelling around Australia and now calls Australia his second home.

Speech topic: Bersatu kita teguh bercerai kita runtuh (United we stand, divided we fall). Discuss in the context of the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Winning video: click here.

People's Choice (Group) Awardees 2016

Bella and Jack

The winners of the NAILA People’s Choice (Group) Award 2016 are Bella and Jack Cheesman.

2015 AWARDEES

Primary Awardee 2015

Stella S

Primary Awardee 2015

Michelle Zhao

Junior Awardee 2015

Emily Dixon

Middle Awardee 2015

Jasmine Stephens

Senior Awardee 2015

Chakris Srisuwan

Tertiary Awardee 2015

Emma Roberts

AIC Executive Awardee 2015

John Cheong Holdaway

Wild Card Awardee 2015

Jane Ahlstrand

Primary Awardee 2015

Stella S

Stella is eleven years old. She is in Year 5 at Eltham Primary School in Melbourne and likes learning Literacy and Physical Education. She enjoys reading, playing tennis and writing stories.  Stella has been learning Indonesian for three years and would like to visit Indonesia.  She really enjoys learning Indonesian because it’s fun, interesting and useful, and because she has a wonderful teacher.

Stella is hoping to be a professional tennis player when she finishes school. She is also interested in teaching and politics. Stella is extremely proud and excited about winning the NAILA award, and hopes to be able to use her Indonesian knowledge in the future.

Speech topic: Introduce yourself to a new Indonesian friend. Winning video: click here.

Primary Awardee 2015

Michelle Zhao

Michelle is currently in Year 6 at Christian College Geelong. She has experienced a large amount of success in the language program, both in and out of school. This year, she has placed first in the state-wide Japanese speech contest and Indonesian Sayembara Lisan. She has been learning Japanese for 4 years and Indonesian for 2 years, to compliment the Chinese spoken at home and some Spanish.

Michelle is a very skilled musician, playing instruments like the piano and violin for the school orchestra. Her other hobbies include sports such as tennis, and in her downtime enjoys reading. Michelle loves learning languages, and is keen to learn to learn more about Indonesia in the future.

Speech topic: Introduce yourself to a new Indonesian friend. Winning videoclick here.

Junior Awardee 2015

Emily Dixon

Emily Dixon is in Year 7 at Catholic Ladies’ College. After learning Japanese in primary school, she fostered a love for Asian languages and culture, and began Indonesian at school is Semester 2 this year. Emily loves to read and write, so thoroughly enjoyed preparing for the NAILA competition and the challenges it presented with her new language. She began debating this year at secondary school and was awarded speaker of the night in her argument supporting the topic “That every secondary student should learn an Asian language”. Emily is very creative and loves art. She plays netball and enjoys cycling, canoeing and lazy days at home.

Speech topic: You have been invited to cook a popular Australian dish on an Indonesian cooking show. Demonstrate. Winning videoclick here.

Middle Awardee 2015

Jasmine Stephens

Jasmine is a Year 10 student at Ipswich Girls Grammar School. She has been studying Indonesian for 6 years. In the past year, Jasmine has been learning Indonesian online via the Cairns School of Distance Education in Far-North Queensland.

Jasmine enjoys playing netball, singing with chorale, participating in school service activities and getting involved in the community. She is particularly passionate about travelling and studying modern history. Upon her completion of high school, Jasmine will continue her studies at university, and wishes to experience international cultures.

Jasmine’s passion for Indonesian language and culture stems from her previous school, where her language teacher often spoke of the benefits of learning Indonesian and how this was, and is, important in modern society. Jasmine hopes to share this passion with others, by increasing awareness of Indonesia’s language and culture.

Speech topic: How do you think learning Indonesian will help you in the future? Winning videoclick here.

Senior Awardee 2015

Chakris Srisuwan

Chakris is a Year 11 student who has been actively learning Indonesian as his third language for the past 3 years through the Western Australian home schooling curriculum known as SIDE (School of Isolated and Distance Education).

Home-schooling allowed Chakris to travel extensively throughout South East Asia every year since Kindergarten, fostering his passion for Asian languages. Chakris decided to learn Indonesian over other languages, “as it is the perfect bridge between my two countries of origin: Australia and Thailand”.

In 2014 Charkis was awarded the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Award for his excellence in school and extra-curricular activities. He returned to Western Australia after residing in Thailand at the start of 2015 to finish his WACE through mainstream schooling.

Chakris enjoys rock climbing and longboarding and hopes to someday add Japanese and Hebrew to his list of additional languages. He is a 2015 Leeuwin Youth Explorer Vogage Graduate.

Upon completion of year twelve, Chakris plans to continue studying Graphic Design and languages so that he may one day travel the world as a Freelance Designer and an advocate for international relations.

Speech topic: Do you think learning a second language changes the way you view the world? How? Why? Winning video: click here.

Tertiary Awardee 2015

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts is a recent graduate of Asia-Pacific Studies and a current Law student at the Australian National University. Emma has spent the last 18 months living in Indonesia under a study, research and internship program supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan scholarship scheme, for which she was chosen as the inaugural Yudhoyono Fellow. In 2015 Emma won second prize at the International Malay Public Speaking Championship and represented Australia at the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program.

Speech topic: Imagine you are the new Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs. Propose one new foreign policy, and explain its benefits to the Australian-Indonesian relationship. Winning video: click here.

AIC Executive Awardee 2015

John Cheong Holdaway

The Australia-Indonesia Centre proudly sponsors the NAILA Executive Award.

John is an economist and consultant and has had a long association with Indonesia. John first moved to Jakarta in the early 1990s as an impressionable 7-year old, and is now on his third stint, coming up on almost nine years of living in Indonesia (plus another two in Timor-Leste). Over that period, he has worked for the World Bank, AusAID, a Jakarta-based investment bank, in private advisory, and currently works as an infrastructure policy adviser to the Indonesian government under the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance.

John spends much of his spare time hanging out with his family, but also runs a blog called Nusantara Economics.

Speech topic: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela. Discuss. Winning video: click here.

Wild Card Awardee 2015

Jane Ahlstrand

Jane grew up in a small bush town called Toogoolawah in Southeast Queensland. Her love of Indonesia blossomed when she took her first trip abroad to Bali in 1998. Upon her return, she was inspired to study Indonesian. With books she borrowed from the school library, she taught herself in her final year of high school which led to her majoring in Indonesian at Griffith University.

More than a decade on, Jane is now in her second year of her PhD candidature at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the representation of leading female political figures in the Indonesian online media from the SBY – Jokowi presidency. Through the lens of gender and Critical Discourse Analysis, Jane seeks to examine the construction and contestation of Indonesia’s collective national identity through mediated representations of female politicians.

Beyond the harsh world of politics and gender, Jane has a passion for the art of Balinese dance. After quitting her office job, she spent time in Bali as a Darmasiswa Scholarship recipient and gradually learned to dance. Four years later, she now teaches and performs Balinese dance here in Australia. For Jane, strong friendships are formed through a shared love of the dynamic movements and romance of Balinese dance. Jane believes that the collective pursuit of the art of Balinese dance in Australia creates meaningful ties between Australians and Indonesians at the crucial grassroots, community level.

Speech topic: Introducing Balinese Dance. Winning video: click here.

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