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On school spirit, his teaching career, and how to ace his class

bASKara Your new love guru! New Segment: Mr. Scienceman!

Featuring an interview with

Gamma & Avi

your future school Captains






Tax Amnesty by Hanna Bramanto


ave you ever wondered about your parents’ sketchy vacations to Panama? What about your parents staying up all night, coordinating time zones to be able to call the Bank of New Zealand? In fact, this is a phenomenon so vast and close to hearts, it may be the reason for either a) overstayed vacations to Singapore or b) a lack thereof. The Indonesian government has provided a short period of time where taxpayers can pay a defined amount, in exchange for forgiveness of tax liability without any fear of criminal sanctions. This policy is known as tax amnesty, which you may have heard before in your TV screens when the old (and over-payed) men we proudly call politicians of Indonesia Lawyers Club continuously complain about how much they have to pay -- when in reality, they shouldn’t. According to former Minister of Finance Bambang P. S. Brodjonegoro, the implementation of tax amnesty will greatly assist the government’s efforts to improve Indonesia’s economic state, reduce unemployment, reduce poverty and improve equality. By reporting previously unregistered assets and paying a certain fee with it, this increases Indonesia’s tax revenue which is then used for government spending. Its role as an expansionary fiscal policy is expected to assist the eventual reach of macroeconomic stability of our country.

Tax amnesty is designed as a gateway for big businesses and underground markets to reinvest in our economy. However, the flaw in this system is concerning -- the honest pay more, the dishonest pay less. This has led to the decision to exempt most of the lower to middle-lower class and those who are retired from paying the fee; they simply have to report their assets and are granted forgiveness. But obviously, our favorite politicians and lawyers looking down from their marble walls and granite banks can’t help but complain about this so-called ‘inequality’. And that, my brothers and sisters, is why you won’t be going to Panama (or Singapore!) anytime soon.

Cadet Kelly You’re walking up the stairs to B3 on your way to your next humanities class. The moment you land on the hallway, you see an outline of a tall man standing outside of B33, one hand in his pocket, waiting for his apprentices to enter his class. We all know who it is. This month for the first Birdwatch of the year, we interviewed our friendly neighborhood history teacher, Pak Kelly Miller.


He’s the notorious history teacher and coach of varsity girls’ basketball and volleyball teams from Canada. With all these titles, one would think that Pak Kelly has always wanted to be a teacher. But he said, “I didn’t think I was gonna be a teacher. After studying sociology and criminology I went to teach English in Japan to pay off my student loan and to go see the World Cup of soccer. [...] I was teaching at a language school, and then I started teaching kindergarten. And going to these kindergartens and seeing how excited

these kids were to see me was completely shocking to me. It was a side job, but these kids were so excited to have me as their kindergarten teacher that I hated them for it. /laughs/ Even though I was tired, even though I didn’t want to be there, their passion and excitement just won me over that I left my language school and started teaching exclusively the kindergarten. I loved it. It was really cool. [...] When I left Japan, I went back to get my education degree. And then I started teaching overseas.”

BIRDWATCH After Japan, he went to teach in China, then Thailand, and then found his way to Indonesia. Pak Kelly has been working in Global Jaya since 2009 (when we were all still in primary). The reason for him sticking around for the last eight years was because of one thing. “The students. The students are really, really cool in that their perspective on the world is really interesting. They do have a lot of material wealth but yet they are not guided by material wealth, they still want to give back to their community whether that’s our school or Indonesia or other groups.” “We got some very talented people through art, music, MUN, academics, sports, and we also got a lot of people that are good at a lot of different areas,” he continued. “I talked about Ghifary [‘15] who was, a few years ago, a great soccer player, a good athlete, an okay student (I don’t know how well he was in school), but then he just nailed Les Miserable. And the kid was, like, quiet. I never heard him talk in class. And he’s standing in front of everybody and singing and doing a hell of a job. That amazes me, that we have kids that can do that here. My school: either you’re a jock, or you’re in arts, or you’re a weirdo, or you’re this. But this generation here, you guys got to do a thousand different things at a high level. That’s pretty damn cool I think.” Now let’s talk sports. Everyone knows that he was a star player in his team when he was in high school. His love for sports started at a young age, a result of always being active, playing outside, making up games—you know, the life. “I was like a tall, skinny Forrest Gump. I was a running fool,” he said. As he entered high school, it seemed that there was no hope of becoming a football star (“American football —that’s where are the girls are”). But volleyball and basketball were right at his fingertips.

Pak Kelly’s volleyball coach saw him and recruited him to join camps and trained further. In the end, his volleyball team won the provincial championships and became one of the most successful teams of his school and in the province. So yeah, his school’s football team really missed out. Despite winning the title, that wasn’t the most important thing he gained from doing sports. “It’s about the skills that come from them. I was never great at school, but the skills that I’ve learned on the court and the lessons I’ve learned through sports—I was very easily able to transfer over to different areas. I think that’s the benefit. “For you kids,” he added, “you might not be professional athletes, but we all have confidence issues, we all have to deal with adversity, we all have to deal with multiple things in multiple times. How do we do that? Through sports, you have those kinds of black and white ideas and situations where sometimes it’s as simple as black and white you can learn from that and get better from it. So I think that’s why sports and physical education training is important to a healthy lifestyle and personality.” Pak Kelly also implemented what he learned from sports to how he approaches teaching. “We met Bianca [‘13] and we were out at dinner in Melbourne and she goes “Pak, you just need to be a better teacher.” And I’m like,

BIRDWATCH “Okay, how?” /laughs/ and other people around the table were kind of like “that’s kind of rude” and I’m like, I don’t care. She has that right to say that. For her, maybe my teaching style wasn’t very great. […] What sports taught me is it’s not about the ego. As teachers we can get sucked into the ego of “I’m a great teacher” or “I’m this” but the reality is, it’s the twelve students in the room that matter. Not my ego. I’m not the one who has to finish off the exams. They do. So if my ego get’s in the way of that, that’s not good.”

When asked how would students survive a class with him, he simply said: “I think people that are successful in my class are able to understand the big picture—that it’s not one assignment; it’s a desire to be better. Those that want to be better do very well in my class. Those that are just putting the time have a hard time in my class. But realistically, at the DP level, everybody chooses (for history) to be in my class or not. TOK’s a little bit different, but I don’t think it’s that hard to survive in my class /smiles the Miller smile/.” Good luck to all of y’all who take his history class.

To the future of Global Jaya’s sports program, Pak Kelly has high hopes. “I think when we get teams that everybody wants to win and everybody’s pushing at everybody to win, that’s when we’re really gonna be interesting to watch. And we’re a couple of years away from there […] I think they are where they are but they’re never gonna be Chinese, they’re never gonna be Korean. You look at Sooyeon [‘17]—man. I love her. /laughs/ She’s like the 80s action star, where if I punched her in the mouth, she’d look at the blood, lick it, and then she’d kill me. Then she goes, “What? You call that a punch?” Now that is the Korean mentality. Indonesia is a

little bit more relaxed but the competition and the desire to be better, I think our kids understand. But I guess the hill that they have to climb is “Do I have the abilities to push through this?” or “Do I want to do this?” That’s the hardest part. The confidence, I think, is the biggest thing that I have to work on with my teams. It’s not the desire, it’s the confidence. Can they do this when things get tough? And how I push through this when things get though? Everybody wants to be great. It just takes time to be great.” And finally, we had to ask him: are tall people the best people?


“What sports taught me is it’s not about the ego, it’s the twelve students in the room that matter.”


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Let’s get to know them better,


Way back in May, all of secondary voted for our next school captains. When the votes were counted and the tallies were double-checked, the two triumphant students were Avi and Gamma, two promising students who have a mission with a vision.

But how well do we know our future leaders? For The Hawker’s first ever Student Birdwatch, we are interviewing the next generation of legacy makers. Favorite music? Gamma: “Avi’s into K-pop.” Avi: “Gamma’s into—“ Gamma: “Sam Smith?” Avi: “Movie soundtracks. He doesn’t really listen to music.” *Both laugh Gamma: “I don’t. I should start. My playlist basically masih 2014.” Avi: “It’s horrible.” Favorite subject? Avi: “History right now.” Gamma: “BM right now ‘cause Pak Eko was actually my kindergarten teacher.” Favorite TV show? Gamma: “Right now I’m super into Gotham and all the other superhero TV shows. It’s pretty lit.” Avi: “Honestly, Criminal Minds… and some other Korean stuff.” Favorite movie? Avi: “Can you believe I haven’t been to the cinema in, like, five months?”

Gamma *laughs to Avi: “Yeah. ‘Cause you’re a nerd.” [But neither of them watches movies anyway.] Favorite book? Gamma: “Do I read books?” Avi: “I try to read books. Never happens.” Gamma: “I finished [HP 8] The Cursed Child, but I ended up giving it to Fey.” Avi: “I actually started reading Plato, for some reason, but five pages in I stopped.” Sitting across these two students can really make you feel like you’ve accomplished so little. Gamma, leaned against the chair with his volleyball practice clothes on, just finished a summer course at University of Southern California for business. And Avi’s just the same; she took a college prep course at Columbia University, wearing her blue Columbia sweater with pride. They get good grades and join so many other clubs.

How do they do it?

What motivated you to become Student Council captains? Gamma: “We really liked the way [the student council] was going—we really wanted to leave a mark, and being vice captain was one is one way to do it.” Avi: “All of the previous vice captains were either, like, really influential around the school and they were really confident, and that’s what I aspire to be.” But what is that mark? Gamma: “I think we have different goals to reach, so I’ll let Avi go first.” Avi: “For me, I really want the community to be one, as in the faculty and students. And I feel like events like teacher appreciation day and movie night promotes the message. That’s one of my goals for this year.” Gamma: “For me, I’m really proud being a Global Jaya student for its arts and sports, and that’s something I want people to recognize from this school. Aside from that I also want to have some sort of community outreach program that might happen annually even after we graduate.”


We know you guys are super busy with everything you have going on, how do you manage your time? Avi: “Apa ya?” Gamma *chuckles: “It just—it just happens!” Avi *chuckles too in agreement: “Haha, yeah.” Gamma: “What I would say is there’s the alasan that you never have enough time in a day. [That excuse] is not really available as an excuse ‘cause you have twenty-four hours in a day and you can pretty much fit everything you want to Our female vice captain, Avi Abiwardhani do there. So I try to get as much as I can DOB: 19 May 2000 from those hours.” Nationality: Indonesian Avi: “Kalo aku, I’m interested in every group that I’m in and that goes for my subjects as well, so I don’t really find it as work. I find it as something I actually enjoy.”

Our male vice captain, Gamma Abdurrahman Thohir DOB: 10 June 2000 Nationality: Indonesian

Alright. Fast forward to next year. You guys are going to be captains, right? Do you think it would differ that much to being VCs now? Gamma: “I think right now we’re really dependent on Pieter and Deandra—“ Avi: “Yeah…” Gamma: “And we’re just there to support them, but also to support the additional student council members. I think when we become captains, more responsibilities are going to fall to us.” Avi: “And we’re still new to the system of what we can and what we can’t do, so maybe in Year 12 we can decide on more things. For example, events that concern other schools etc.” Are you guys excited? Gamma *nods excitedly: “Yeah.” Avi: “Yeah, I’ve wanted to be captain since, like, a year before I moved here.”

Fantastic. So what about Global Jaya you guys like the most? Avi *whispers: “You start…” Gamma: “I think that, um, I’ve been here since I was in second grade and I’ve always felt at home even during the first day. Global Jaya’s a very welcoming community and everyone’s so close to each other— you just feel right at home even though you’re someone new. All of the new students are basically… you can’t even tell that they’re new students.” Avi: “I’ve only been in this school for five years now, and what I love the most about being here is that they let you to improve. That goes for, like, social and educational aspects. And everyone here is so supportive and I love it.”


What about Global Jaya do you like the least? Gamma: “Ooh… that’s hard.” Avi: “Yeah…” Gamma: “I think one of the things we can fix about Global Jaya is that [the board] tends to decide things without involving the students in any way.”

Our future Student Council Captains being interviewed by our fellow Hawker leader, Alisa.

“I think what me and Avi want is for Global Jaya Students to have a better Global Jaya experience” Can you give an example? Gamma: “Like tiny details, like what we would want from renovations. Stuff like that. I don’t know what Avi would say…” Avi *chuckles: “It’s not that I don’t like this but I feel like student and teacher participation in events should be promoted more.” Gamma: “Yeah.”

Are you guys doing anything outside of school even? Gamma: “We have a CAS project that’s coming up soon. We’re making, like, a library in orphanages around Jakarta

How do you think we can make students be more active for events? Avi: “I mean, we’ve promoted [the student council]’s events well, but they don’t really reach out to people. So we were thinking of like holding events that the students and faculty want. Such as, again, teacher’s appreciation day among other things.”

Then the two vice captains proceed to discuss their answers off the record, acting all businesslike and what not.

Sounds great. So what do you hope for this school?

Gamma: “I think what me and Avi want is for Global Jaya students to have a better Global Jaya experience. To maybe leave Global Jaya or enter Global Jaya thinking ‘wow this school’s great.’ I think that’s what we really want for this school.”



Yo, what’s Gucci everybody, this’ ya boy Baskara and we here to discuss things like life, relationships, school, money, and music. As a student in Global Jaya, I know what you readers are going through as a teenager. I know the things you are going through inside and OUTSIDE of class. I might not be the best person to answer these questions, but somehow I was picked so let’s go through with this.

Q: How to LDR? B: “To be honest I’ve never been in a relationship, so I’m not the best one to ask. BUT, I’ve seen a lot of movies so I have some sort of background knowledge. My advice, dear readers, would be to just hold on to that special someone, work it out, and compromise. Different time zones? Skype at 12 AM. No Skype? Send letters. If they are truly “the one”, keep in touch with them. If they keep trying to get to you then you know that this person still wants to be in a relationship with you. But then again, I have never been in a relationship so do as you will with this information.”

Q: How to swag? B: “Swag is pretty easy. Just look at all the stylish people in the world like Kanye, Biebs, (Kylie?), and emulate their style and make it into your own. Have fun with yourself, wear something that defines you as a person, and show what kind of things you’re into. It doesn’t have to be rare and expensive things like Supreme or HBA, you can still ball on a budget with brands like H&M or Uniqlo. Swag is not just what you wear, it’s how you wear and what your attitude is. Comb and search for brands that fit your tastes and your budget. Don’t just buy all of the most expensive things and mash them all together. Combine and mix up your wardrobe daily to get lots and lots of outfits.”

Q: Why are you so confident? B: “Basically, just have fun with yourself during a performance and try not to be too serious about it. If you mess up, just don’t repeat it and move on. Maybe people are gonna remember but maybe they wont. Who cares yo. That’s the key to being confident, being able to do something or wear something, and not care what other people think. Being confident has nothing to do with being an extrovert or introvert. Being confident is all in your brain. Do you have the guts to do X? Are you brave enough to do X? Those are the mental boundaries you must push to be confident enough to do the said action.”



 BILA YUDOPUTRI Bonjour! Ever wonder how to look stylish while still abiding by school rules? Let me introduce to you “Style Spotter”! This is The Hawker’s new fashion column for both boys and girls. What is this all about? “Style Spotter” will include fashion tips by yours truly. But here’s the real deal; for every edition of The Hawker, I will be choosing the top five to ten Batik Friday outfits! So, my dear readers, this is your chance to be featured in Global Jaya’s very own school magazine! Well, here’s my first advice to you; dress up, put on your best batik, and embrace Indonesia’s culture.



Nobody can rock monochromatic fashion like Karissa! Her artistic senses have done well for her fashion choices, plus, almost everything that she wore came from a local brand—talk about Indopride!

Trend spotted! Drop-crotch pants are so in right now especially with guys, which Karel here paired with a combination of blue and white batik shirt and shoes, I’m definitely picking up some JB vibes here!



Can we talk about her skirt guys?! I LOVE the bubble effect at the bottom of the skirt; it adds a statement to her entire look while still looking comfy.

Similar to Karel, Alex paired his batik with drop-crotch pants and a pair of Nike’s, loving this cultural hybrid.



Neta’s outfit just screams autumn, I love the combination of warm colours paired with the metallic top, it definitely brings out fall vibes, even though we don’t have autumn here— boo. Plus, the cascading front of the skirt is such a smart way to add flare to the entire outfit. Keep it up, Neta!

Our school captain is not only book smart guys, she’s a fashion genius! Obviously, she has great shopping skills too— it’s not everyday that you come across a trendy batik.

FASHION HACK #1: Are your new shoes a little bit too tight and uncomfortable? Well, don’t worry, you don’t have to wait for a couple of weeks until it stretches to your size. Simply fill two Ziploc bags halfway with water, stuff them in your new shoes and leave them in the freezer overnight.


Photography & Design: Karissa Munaf


Olympics Writer & Design: Febe Tobing

Black Lives Matter Writer (s): Edrian Martawardaya Baskara Firdausi Design: Karissa Triastari Tax Amnesty Writer: Hanna Bramanto Design: Fiorenza Deandra


Liang Fang Zhang Writer: Julianna Alysha Design: Novian Indraputra


Game - PokemonGo Writer & Design: Rafi Hanafiah Event - WTF Writer: Kaysha Soelistyo Design: Nafa Halwa Album - Blonde Writer: Baskara Firdausi Design: Gladys Edwinadia Movie - Don’t Breathe Writer: Edrian Martawardaya Design: Febe Tobing

Playlist - Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun Creator: Valin Wibawa Design: Fiorenza Deandra


Mr. Scienceman Writer: Garvin Bulkin Design: Gladys Edwinadia

bASKara Writer: Baskara Firdausi Design: Bila Yudoputri

Meditation Writer: Ofal Rabbani Design: Novian Indraputra

Style Spotter Photgraphy & Design: Bila Yudoputri Writer: Bila Yudoputri


Birdwatch - Cadet Kelly Writer (s): Karissa Munaf Alisa Nadhifa Photography & Design: Karissa Munaf Student Spotlight - GAVI: The Next Big Deals Writer (s): Alisa Nadhifa Photography: Febe Tobing Design: Karissa Munaf


Student Council Writer: Fiorenza Deandra Design: Kezia Putrali

2016 Varsity Season Photography: Febe Tobing Kezia Putrali Design: Kezia Putrali Kilvington Writer: Baskara Firdausi Design: Alya Zeta HMCA Writer: Avi Abiwardhani Design: Amadea Deliesa

Public House Writer: Rayssa Putri Design: Amadea Deliesa Halloween Puns Writer: Audrey Putri Waliliong Design: Nafa Halwa Halloween Recipes Writer: Joey Kantawinata Design: Rafi Hanafiah Alisa Nadhifa


Editor in Chief

Devin Norman

Head of External News

Karissa Munaf

Head of Special Ops

Fiorenza Deandra

Head of Scholastic News

Alisya Reza

Head of Entertainment

Disa Azalia

Head of Lifestyle

Febe Tobing

Head of Design

The Hawker Issue No. 7 - October 2016  

Cover story: Cadet Kelly Photographer: Karissa Munaf