“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.”
- Marshall McLuhan
Welcome to the third weekly news for the Green School Community. This weekly news is created as a joint effort between parents, students, teachers & staff, and will be coming out every Monday with the latest news, events and opportunities for our community. If you are receiving this as a parent, please share this with your family. If you are a teacher, please share with your class. As this weekly news is so new, you can expect to see this same intro for at least the next few weeks! This week’s news…
In this issue:
1. The Japan Tsunami – How to help
2. ‘Get off the Grid’ Fundraiser this Friday
3. Join our Green Team meet on Tuesday
4. First Family Green Camp this weekend
5. An update from the students and teachers
6. First Green School Changemaker forum & social
7. Our new weekly newsletter
The Japan Tsunami – How to Help
- Friday’s earthquake and tsunami have sparked a humanitarian crisis in Japan. Our hearts go out to all that have lost loved ones, their homes and livelihoods.
- Many aid organisations, including the Red Cross, Global Giving and Save the Children have set up programmes to help those in need. You can learn more about what they are doing and how you can help here: http://bit.ly/Tsunami-Help
“Get off the Grid” FUNRaiser this Friday
Please join us for our ‘Get off the Grid’ FunRaiser this Friday, March 18th, 4pm to 8pm. We received confirmation last Friday that a Grammy-award winning musician, Chris Berry, will be donating his time and talents to perform at the event, in the Heart of School.
He will be joined by other world class performers as well as our own Grade 6 Marimba Class and Green School Marimba Band.
All kids (GS or not) get in free and GS parents and staff get a 50% discount (Rp100,000). We hope as many of you as possible can attend, and of course please spread the word far and wide. All funds go towards the development of renewable energy projects.
We will also have our organic farmer’s market open, food, drink, games and plenty more.
Green Camp is holding its first Family Weekend program beginning that same afternoon, and anyone attending that gets free admission to the Friday performances. For more info on that, please see news from the Green Camp below.
First Family Green Camp this Weekend
Brad Korpalski from the Green Camp is thrilled to announce a new program– Family Weekend! Family Weekend will occur once a month and begins Friday, March 18th at 6pm, ending Sunday at 3pm.
The camp is an opportunity for parents and children to share, with other families, in the Green Camp experience! Campfires, a night safari, organic chocolate making, Balinese Wayang Kulit, Canang and Jamu making, gardening/pizza party, trekking on the Subak, and Balinese Amazing Race are just some of the activities to help strengthen the bond with the natural world and provide families with an unforgettable experience. Each family will stay in our yurt accommodations, and all snacks and meals are included, beginning with dinner on Friday, through lunch on Sunday. To enrol contact us at email@example.com
You can also find out more at www.greencampbali.com
Join Our Green Team Meet on Tuesday
Following our first Changemaker Forum last week, the four Green Teams now plan to meet every Tuesday at 3.30pm at the Heart of School. They will be growing their teams of students, parents, teachers and staff involved in changemaker projects. Already we have had leaders step up to lead projects from building the new bridge, to creating Green Leadership programmes, a new tennis court, a Green School farm, completing the vortex, creating a parent class ambassador network and connecting to our local community.
There are four Green Teams meeting at 3.30pm on Tuesday 15th March in the Heart of School – in Education, Community, Innovation and Enterprise. We would love your support, so if you would like to join the team or have a project you would like to start, come and see us! If you can’t make it, but would like to learn more, visit Agung Lea at the Concierge Desk.
An Update from the Students and Teachers
Battle of the Sexes: Student Council is proud to announce the ‘Battle of the Sexes’, to be held throughout this week. For the first time at Green School, boys will battle against girls in games of skill, speed and wit to discover once and for all who really is stronger. Exciting and unique events planned for the week include:
Tug ‘o’ war,
Capture the flag,
Knowing me, Knowing you – a unique quiz where boys will be tested on their knowledge of female trivia and the girls will be delving deep into the mysteries of what makes boys tick.
How it works: Events are free to enter – this is for fun and maybe house points. We will need a boys team and a girls team for each event. Sign up sheets for teams will be distributed to classrooms in Grades 6 – 10 by your Student Council reps during registration and reflection time. Younger grades are very welcome to join in too – ask any member of your Student Council for more information.
Meanwhile, Boys rule! Girls rock! Let’s find out who really cuts the mustard at Green School this week.
Message in a Bottle: For World Water Day, Grade 6 completed the 4 litre challenge and at the same time raised over 2.5million rupiah towards the Paradigm Project, and Rebecca Sweetman, Executive Director of the Project, will be at this Week’s Assembly on Friday 18th March to collect the donation.
We hope you will be able to join us as Grade 6 showcase the work they have done on the theme of water in Green Studies, English, Global Awareness, Maths and of course Music! (Friday 11 March, 1:30 pm, Mepantigan). Well done guys, get collecting that sponsorship money, and have a shower this weekend!
You can learn more about why clean water is so important at http://www.worldwaterday2011.org
Grade 1 and Smile Shop: Grade 1 will once again be collecting donations to take to the Smile Shop in Ubud. Donations can include used clothes, books, toys, and household goods. The Smile Shop sells second hand goods to benefit the organization Yayasan Senyum Bali. Their work brings health care to people with craniofacial disabilities. Please bring donations to Grade 1 by March 25th. Thank you!
You can find out more about the Smile Shop here: http://www.senyumbali.org
Kindergarten and the birds: Kindergarten went to the Bali Bird park on the 23rd February and we had a fantastic time! We saw so many colourful and wonderful birds, as well as a number of reptiles such as snakes, crocodiles and iguanas. We had lunch at the restaurant there and even had ice-cream!!
It was a great day out – all the parents, children and teachers enjoyed it. In class we talked about our favourite birds and described them to each other.
Swim Meet in March: Swimmers have been training hard every Friday and the final session will see a time trial for final team selection. Schools are represented by 2 swimmers in each age group for both boys and girls. The swim meet takes place at BIS on Wednesday, 16 March 16th, 12pm start.
Soccer League Beginning: We will be starting an Intramural soccer league for ages 6-8 upon return from mid-term break in April. The games will be held on Mondays after school from 3:30-4:30. In order to make all the teams as equally competitive as possible will have an assessment day on Monday, March 21st. Each child will be assigned to a team and remain on the same team for the 2 month season.
Games will start Monday, April 4th when we return from break. We are hoping to have enough for 4 teams of 8 children per team, so please tell all your friends. We will play a 6 on 6 with 2 substitutions, this will give each child a lot of time with the ball on the field. We are hoping to have two parents in charge of each team so that one can be coaching while the other helps referee. You do not have to know soccer, just how to have fun with kids. Any coach volunteers please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 6 Water Assembly: On Friday (March 11) at 1:30 the Grade 6 class will be presenting an assembly in the Mepantigan based on their Green Studies theme this year; WATER. The group will combine technology, fun & games and music to share with the school community what they have learned about issues such as water conservation, pollution, tapped water Vs bottled and advertising. The event will also highlight the results of their Green School water use survey and share some moments from their 24 hour water survival activity which raised nearly 3 million rupiah for the paradigm shift project http://bit.ly/PardigmShift
The money raised will be presented to the project’s executive director on Friday and will help to document and promote efforts to provide communities with access to safe drinking water across SE Asia.
Later this year the class will go on a week long experiential field trip looking at water issues from ‘Sea to Summit’ in Bali, and they also hope to feed the school with fresh fish farmed from their Mystic Waters garden project.
The group have been thoroughly immersed in their theme this year, (sometimes literally in the case of the pond garden!), and it has been a great example of how theme based learning on environmental issues can combine curricular disciplines, and teach traditional knowledge combined with important sustainability issues. The assembly is a chance to add skills and experience in promoting a cause or message, something we hope our Green School graduates will do in the communities they enter when they leave ours.
We hope to see you there.
1st Green School Changemaker Forum & Social
The Green School Community held our first Changemaker Forum on last Tuesday, and you can see many of the projects now underway by visiting the Community Showcase in the Heart of School. Thank you to the team for the beautiful bamboo whiteboards and the students for the artwork on the projects they created. The four Green Teams and John Hardy looked at the different projects we wanted to see moving forward for the community and the school.
Here is a list of the projects that are on the list of each Green Team. If you would like to lead one of these or your own project, or join a team of changemakers, come and join one of the Green Teams at the Heart of School this Tuesday, 3.30pm.
Education Green Team: Green School curriculum; Selection of new teachers; Orientation programme; Chicken & watermelon research; Health & safety manual; University validation; Sports programme development; and Holistic programme
Community Green Team: Community basecamp & events; Green Citizen handbook; Scholarship fund; Class ambassador phone tree; Community relations; Green Leadership workshops; Student lockers; Community showcase; School flagpole; School signs by students; Carbon neutral living
Enterprise Green Team: Strategic plan; Green village; Green Supercamp; Green Family camp; Playground & ropes course; Student Homesteads; Green market & co-op; Green School farm; Bamboo cards; Green School spring water; Natural dyes & paper; Social media & Green School apps
Innovation Green Team: Green School master plan; Green School bridge; Vortex; Solar Power; Bio-Gas; Bio-Diesel; Roads & Parking; ice-cream for iPads; Library books; Science lab; Computer equipment; Tennis Court; Kids film festival
At the next Changemaker Forum each team will be presenting on the progress of their projects, along with new projects, opportunities and challenges. The Changemaker Forums are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, and the next is on Tuesday, 12th April, 3.30pm to 5.00pm.
On Friday we held our Community social. We had about 60+ family, faculty and staff join us. Thank you to everyone for coming, bringing food & drinks, and to Agung Lea and the staff for staying late, keeping the Warung open and helping to organise everything. Here is a link to the Ken Robinson video we watched and discussed: http://blog.ted.com/2010/05/24/bring_on_the_re
This is a monthly community-organised event that will take place on the Friday after each Changemaker Forum. Join us and meet others in the community. Also, as a Green Family, have a look at this video story of a zero-waste family, contributed by Green Parent, Chris Thompson: http://yhoo.it/ZeroWasteLife
Our New Weekly Newsletter
There’s so much happening at the Green School, we want to wrap it all up and send it to you every Monday in the Weekly News. This is our third newsletter, and each week we are getting more and more contributions from teachers, parents and students. To add your news, please send it to Agung Lea at email@example.com