PURWOKERTO.SUARA.COM, BANYUMAS – Putera Harapan Three Language School or Puhua School is holding a Festival entitled “Puhua Festival 2023 Constellation of Dreams: Our Dreams Our Future”, Friday 19 May 2023. This art festival is interesting because it is inspired by Coldplay concerts in various parts of the world which raise the issue of environmental sustainability.
“If Coldplay concerts around the world always call for reducing carbon gas for all concertgoers, then at the 2023 Puhua Festival all school members inspire the use of school waste so that all students can use it to care for the environment where we live and build dreams. said Arinta Dewi, person in charge of the festival.
There were more than 2,000 plastic bottles that were reprocessed by dozens of Puhua students and teachers into materials for stage decorations.
The used bottles are cut in half, the ends are burned so that they bloom and tree buds are made. One bud requires about three used bottles.
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Not only the bottles are reprocessed, the bottle caps are also employed. From the bottle caps, students paste seven seeds to make one-dimensional flower petals.
The entire arrangement is used to build trees and decorations along the school corridors so that all guests walk down the hall which has been transformed into a gallery made of used goods and bottles.
At this festival, teachers including Teguh Sugeng Apriawan and Indihira Ayu Pertiwi accompanied the students. Students are also invited to use the goods in the storage warehouse which contains piles of used goods that are not used at school.
Starting from broken chalkboards, unused plywood and wood, used cardboard, leftover plastic laundry, broken Scout wooden sticks, to pieces of used pipes. Everything is sorted, cleaned, and then redesigned into the properties of drama staging to the decoration of this entire event.
Students and teachers work together to build a backdrop from leftover boards that are rearranged and then covered with patchwork that is sewn together to assemble various decorations in the gallery.
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Then the broken blackboard is rubbed clean and covered with banners to be conjured into
“Manifestation Dream Board”. All visitors who were present were invited to write their dreams on this board and become a joint prayer to be realized in the spirit of Our Dreams Our Future according to the theme of this event.
It wasn’t enough to stop there, all of the decorations for the student drama performances were also designed from used materials that made use of unused items in the school’s warehouse. Starting from sticks, pipes, and used boards used as the foundation for stage decorations on the stage.
Used pots are used to arrange trees strung from plastic bottles. Plastic decorations left over from the laundry become rows of hanging tassels. Students also designed drama costumes from used cardboard which were carefully designed so they could be put to use.
Regarding the recycled costumes, the students even displayed the work of the Secondary students from piles of used plastic, including used raincoats. The combination of these materials is assembled into a unique costume, for example, dresses and robes are like haute couture works.
“In fact, all of this is made of leftover plastic that has been sewn, joined and pasted, to the tying technique,” said the Head of Osis Secondary, Nathania Cherilyn Sanjaya (16), who is usually called Selin.
The idea of using this waste came from the students’ awareness to call for the management of the mountains of waste every day. The idea of collecting plastic-based school waste started with collecting used packaging bottles which was carried out simultaneously by teachers, students and school employees.
In this event, an art performance including culture, music, and drama is conjured up in a mission based on joint movement in schools to minimize waste and unused used goods. That’s why, since three months ago, Puhua students and all their colleagues have been organizing a school to collect tens of used bottles and up to thousands.
In every classroom, canteen, teacher’s room, employee room, and every crowd center in the school, they are collected in a large box complete with an inscription calling for the collection of plastic bottles.
Selin and all of her colleagues put large used cardboard boxes complete with instructions for all school members to throw away used plastic bottles that had been cleaned and dried into the boxes.
The purpose of this used bottle collection movement was also written clearly as a form of participation of all students to build galleries and decorations at the annual Puhua Fest 2023 event.
Every day for three months the entire OSIS Secondary (SMA) team sorts and divides the caps and bottles into two halves. Up to two weeks before the festival, all bottles continued to be collected, reaching more than 2,000 to be ready to be processed into various gallery and stage decorations.
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Dare to build dreams is the key for Putera Harapan Three Language School or Puhua School students to be able to penetrate the boundaries of their interests and talents in various fields. One of them is through Puhua Fest 2023. This activity which is held once a year at Puhua Secondary School is not just a frenetic event.
Every student is actively involved in the pattern of organizational wheels that are closely related to learning as the key to the progress of each individual. Starting from looking for ideas together, learning dialectics in groups, to finding agreement on a logical concept. Step by step is passed as a process of maturity in the plurality of thoughts, ideas, feelings, and tastes.
Through this festival which is full of ideas, Puhua students are also challenged to be able to raise funds for activities through various patterns of creativity, including making food worth selling (entrepreneurship), being couriers for messages and gifts (hospitality), to participating in various bazaars (festival hoppers) and persistently seeking sponsorship for the success of this activity.
Fighting limitations, getting out of the comfort zone, until students discover hidden talents and abilities is the school’s way of sparking every student’s greatness from nothing to becoming a real implemented work.
In short, every student has the courage to build dreams, then looks for ideas and methods, persistently fights for challenge after challenge, and executes them until they come true.
Here, a series of ideas for staging dramas whose scenarios are contested, written by the students themselves and then selected as the best in the climax of the event will be the ultimate treat for a colossal drama. The motion, decoration, dialogue, costumes to the plot and stage effects will prove how great a teamwork can create great work.
And what is no less great, the Secondary students under the guidance of Mr. Sugiryo and Mrs. Lidya Yulinda Mekar Sartika will launch an anthology book that contains fiction, loose articles, to pentigraphs or well-known so-called three-paragraph short stories which were first published by Puhua Secondary School from Literacy Club at Puhua Activity Village. The two book titles are All About Dreams which was written by 43 students and a book entitled Look-Hear which was written by nine students.
The three final events of this festival were also enlivened by the presence of guest star Essa X The Juno, a food bazaar, and it is open for other schools to attend to witness all the great works that are seriously worked on to bring inspiration and positive impact to the younger generation.***