There have been incidents during school orientation programs in which new students have been injured or have died. However, SMK 1 Pundong state vocational high school in Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, is trying out a new method by introducing traditional games to new students.
Among the traditional games introduced recently were ketupat (rice cake in woven palm leaves) making; cengkir (coconut shell) race and batik making.
A total of 256 new students took part in the event and were required to wear traditional Yogyakarta attire while participating in the cengkir race. The sound of laughter could be heard among them.
“It’s exciting. The games are fun and easy to play,” said Citra Adi Pratiwi, one of the new students.
The school's vice principal, Sutapa, said it had been decided to introduce and preserve Yogyakarta culture, including the games, so that the younger generation could still play them.
Students also signed integrity pacts in which they pledged to avoid violence, drugs and crime. They signed the pact using a canting (pen-like tool used in making batik). [yan]