Address : alan Raya Purworejo km 5, tepatnya di Desa Pirikan, Kecamatan Mertoyudan, Kabupaten Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
Taruna Nusantara, usually shortened Tarnus or TN, is a national senior high school (SMA) situated in Magelang, Central Java. Literally, “taruna” means “young man” while “nusantara” refers to the Indonesian archipelago. Thus, Taruna Nusantara could be meant as young men from all across the country. The word “taruna” is also used as term of reference for student in the military school (AKABRI). SMA Taruna Nusantara is often dubbed as the semi-military school.
The founding of the school was initiated by ex-Minister of National Defense and Security General L.B. Moerdani who spoke of the idea on May 20th 1985 in Pendopo Agung Taman Siswa, Yogyakarta. According to Moerdani, the advancement of a nation was not determined by how rich they were with the natural resources, but more by the quality of the human resources. Hence, it was important to have an educative body at high school level to accommodate, educate, and prepare the young generations to take up the struggle of Indonesian founding fathers.
The idea received a good response from the ABRI and Taman Siswa. And thus on October 1989, the construction began. The school was built in Pirikan Panca Arga Village, Magelang Regency. It occupies a land of 18.5 acres and included student dormitories and teacher housings. Then, on May 1990, the high school was inaugurated by the Commander-In-Chief of Indonesian National Army, General Try Sutrisno. On the same month and year, the selection of teachers for the school was conducted in the National Army Headquarter in Cilangkap.
It started operating in 1990 and since 2006 when it was planned to become International Level School in 2012, TN keeps on working to improve everything. Among the steps taken to improve the education is adding up more teachers with master degree and applying bi-lingual education method for subjects that are included in the National Test.
The curriculum used contains three visions usually called “Tri Wawasan”, i.e. nationalism, labor, and culture. First, the vision of nationalism, it focuses on the building of nationalism in daily life which will lead to the unity and oneness of the nation. Second, the vision of labor, it focuses on the building of good work ethos, discipline, and toughness. For that the students there live in a tight competition atmosphere. Third, the vision of culture, it aims at creating a society that holds Pancasila in their life. This is reflected by the figures of the teachers, who work to teach, help, and nurture the students. Ethics and manners are important in this school, besides the other things like modesty, willingness to help each other, and cooperation. All of these are included in the Code of Ethics of TN High School, i.e. Tri Prasetya dan Kode Kehormatan Siswa (Three Vows and Student’s Codes of Honor).
There have been thousands of graduates of the high school. To organize these alumni, there is an organization called Ikatan Alumni SMA Taruna Nusantara or shortened IKASASTRA. This alumni association was founded in 1994 and initiated by the alumni of the first class of TN High School. Some of the objectives are helping students to achieve something during their time in the school, sharing experience and tips, for instance, of what to do after graduating, including helping those fresh graduates to choose a major in university.
The curriculum, facilities, and environment are what make the school special. Every student is taught to be a leader with good quality in academic, physical, and mental aspects based on the three visions.
There have been so many achievements made by the students of TN High School, at both national and international levels. Some of the national achievements are as follows: Computing Olympic Games (2003, 2004, 2006), Mathematics Olympic Games (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006), Biology Olympic Games (2000-2006 straight), Chemistry Olympic Games (1997-2003 straight, 2006), Physics Olympic Games (2000-2006 straight), Science Olympic Games of Central Java (2010), and National Science Olympic Games IX in Medan (2010). At international level, TN have collected trophies from Asian Mathematics Olympic Games (2002), Chemistry Olympic Games (1997, 1998, 2005, 2009), Physics Olympic Games (2000-2007), Biology Olympic Games (2002, 2005, 2006), Computing Olympic Games (2005, 2006), Astronomy Olympic Games (2008), English Debate (2002), Student’s Science Club in Germany (2005), Russia (2006), and Ukraine (2008), Chemistry Olympic Games in London (2009), Icys Poland (2009), etc. Besides, TN students have also been in student exchange programs, such as in Australia (2004) and Singapore (2008-2010).
Taruna Nusantara High School is located on the 5th Kilometer of Purworejo Street, i.e. in Pirikan Village, Secang District, Magelang Regency, Central Java.
Secang Regency is in the north part of Magelang Regency. It is on the main route that connects Semarang and Yogyakarta, or the other that connects Semarang, Temanggung, and Purwokerto. To get to the location, visitors could use public or private transportation. If departing from Yogyakarta, you may take a bus heading for Semarang and get off at the 5th kilometer of Purwerojo Street.
There is no admission charge to get into Taruna Nusantara High School.
F. Accommodation and Other Facilities
Taruna Nusantara High School provides many facilities and infrastructures needed for its educational activities. There are multimedia classrooms, libraries, reading room, laboratories for physics, astronomy, and biology, a glasshouse and a room for students’ science club, multimedia and regular language laboratories, public computers, and also internet connection.
Besides the facilities, there are also many students’ organizations, such as OSIS (Intra School Students’ Organization), marching band, school security patrol, class representatives, science club, scout, red-cross, choir, theater, dance, band, movie editing, swimming, tennis, badminton, football, hockey, athletic, basketball, table tennis, volleyball, rattan ball, karate, and pencak silat.
In addition to those clubs, there are teams founded for specific purposes like decoration team, sound system team, students’ magazine team, environment team, Olympic Games teams, language teams, etc.
Photo(s): Collections of Jogjatrip.com
Translation: Reza Daffi
(Primary data and various sources)