“There is no Planet B.”
- Earth Hour, 8.30pm, 26th March
Earth Hour is this Saturday 8.30pm. Last year, hundreds of millions of people from 128 countries took part in the third Earth Hour. This year will be even bigger. Join us at our Friday Earth Hour Assembly and turn off your power for an hour at 8.30pm on 26th March. More news on Earth Hour and the Green School community below…
In this issue:
1. Earth Hour Assembly
2. Beyond the Hour
3. Invitation to Coffee Morning
4. The ‘Get off the Grid’ Fundraiser
5. First Family Green Camp!
6. An update from the students and teachers
7. Our new weekly newsletter
Earth Hour Assembly
- This coming Friday (25th March) will see Green School Grade 9 students host a special assembly for Earth Hour. This event will also see musical performances by Grade 3 and Grade 5, a collaborative performance from Kindergarten with Grades 1 and 2, and the Green School Marimba Band.
There will also be a very special rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Man in the Mirror’ including all students from Kindergarten to Grade 4, the Green School Staff Band and even a couple of parents!
The assembly will start at 1:30pm, come and help us celebrate Earth Hour and the end of this half term!
Beyond the Hour
You can find out all about Earth Hour and news on what we are doing about to take care of our planet here: http://www.earthhour.org
This year Earth Hour has created a new initiative call ‘Beyond the Hour’ where you and your family can post your own environmental pledge for the year along with other individuals, organisations, companies and countries. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/Beyond-the-Hour
Invitation to Coffee Morning
Please join us for Coffee Morning on Thursday 24th March 8.30am. Green School families may recall that earlier this year, we hosted the visit of a data collector and researcher, Marian Hazzard whose visit was sponsored by the Powers of Place Initiative. The Powers of Place Initiative is a not-for-profit organization based in the U.S. which suggests that when human beings believe in the value that places bring to people and act in ways that respect that belief, the partnership becomes a powerful force toward great good in the world.
I first met Dr Renee Levi, one of the co-directors of the initiative some eighteen months ago and invited her to visit Green School. I told her about my intuitive feelings about the impact that Green School is having on the learning process. She understood immediately what I was talking about and took the idea back to the stewards of The Powers of Place to test what we called ‘The Green School Effect’. Marian’s visit to collect data was the result.
During her visit, Marian interviewed more than forty stakeholders – students, teachers, parents – and is finalising her very descriptive report. Renee, from a research prespective, has identified common threads in those interviews and theorised how those threads impact learning capacities. She is visiting Bali next week and is willing to share with us some of Marian’s observations and her own theories about the expanded learning and leadership capacities an environment like ours can provide.
To me, this is fascinating stuff which adds enormous educational credibility to the Green School experience. I hope that many families will take advantage of listening to Dr Levi at the coffee morning on Thursday 24th March.
‘Get off the Grid’ FUNraiser this Friday
The jungle was rocking on the afternoon and evening of Friday, 18 March, as Green School hosted a very successful Get off the Grid “FunRaiser” to help support renewable energy projects on the campus. Attended by several hundred guests, including Green School families, friends, and many of our Balinese neighbors, the event was put together in a scant eight days through the superhuman efforts of several people, primarily Jan Maraire, who arranged for an all-star lineup of international musical talent, Nina Tresia and Agung Lea who organized the team to ensure that all of the logistics worked flawlessly and Ben who MC’d the event. Special thanks to all staff, faculty and parents for supporting the event.
The entertainment came from a variety of sources: roving bands of upper grade Green School students performed musical interludes and dramatic vignettes, Gika from Grade 10 moved the audience with her rendition of a traditional Balinese dance, and the Grade 6 class revisited the soon to be classic “Water Rap” with marimba accompaniment they had debuted just a few hours earlier at an afternoon assembly. Next up it was the Dafra Kura Band, with members from Burkina Faso, Mali, and the U.S. They entranced the crowd with their mix of pulsating rhythms and various stringed instruments. Chris Berry and Kamau (Aerial Crew) wrapped up the night with soulful music.
Apart from raising awareness about the renewable energy projects, the FunRaiser raised enough funds to support the installation of 5 Solar Panels.
Join our Green Team meet on Tuesday
A reminder that the four Green Teams are meeting again 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
Wizard of Oz requests donations or lending: The following is a list of items needed by our Wizard of Oz team. We would be happy to borrow any of the items (if you need them back). Please contact Ibu Susan if you have any of the items below and can lend or donate them. Thanks!
- Tin Man funnel is need in silver.
- A pretty light blue blouse for Dorothy.
- Ballet flats in size ? red/white as the Ruby Slippers
- A little basket for Dorothy.
- Red sparkles/glitter.
- White stockings for the Wizard.
- Striped (preferably in the pinkish color scheme) apron for Aunty Em.
- A plaid farmer shirt for Uncle Henry.
- A farmer hat for Uncle Henry
- Mountain boots for Uncle Henry
- Ruffled socks for Dorothy.
- Elbow pads & knee pads for Tin Man
- Top Hats.
- John Lennon round glasses
- Green glitter.
- Any green Emerald City clothing/accessories in in kids sizes.
- Orange eyeshadow
- Straw Hat for the scarecrow
- A handkerchief or bandana.
- Crazy buttons
- Natural Rope.
- Clown shoes
- Gold hammer pants
- Metal or aluminum sheets
- 3/4 length ripped up capris for monkeys
- Plain red t-shirts.
- Multiple furry hats.
After School Schedule: The new after school schedule is now posted in the events calendar of the homework blog (http://blog.greenschool.org/calendar/events-calendar/). Some new additions include Yoga for Teens, with Ibu Janet, Hula Hoops with Ibu Julie, African Drumming with Hamanah Drum and dance, and the return of both soccer and basketball by popular demand.
Please bookmark the events calendar page, as it is always kept up to date. Also keep an eye on it and the activities tab of the homework blog for changes and additions to the schedule. There are a few activities such as African Drumming and Capoeira that require a charge and a minimum amount of participants so please email Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
After School Sport as of April:
Gr1-3(6-8 yrs) with Ibu Michelle
Till 20 April with Pak Glenn (Green School hosts the BSSA meet on 20 April)
Community Soccer: as of 26 April with Pak Chris Majors
Gr4-8 will be playing friendly games with the local kids.
Also good preparation for BSSA soccer season starting in August
Senior Community Volleyball: 13 April-end May Gr 9-10 will be playing friendly games with the local community on the sand court on the East side Also good preparation for BSSA Beach Volleyball in May
Athletics: Track and Field: 5 May-June
Training for BSSA Athletics meet in June-9/10yrs-15/O
If you have any Q’s regarding BSSA/After School Sport please contact me at email@example.com
Safety Concern: It has been brought to our attention that some of our students are not being safe while being transported by drivers to and from school. Recently a parent witnessed several students hanging out of a car window while the car was in motion headed for Green School. When the parent addressed her concern directly with the driver, the driver responded by telling this parent that he has asked the children to stop the behavior but they continue anyway. The parent decided to contact the parents of these students directly to resolve the issue. A big thanks to this parent for making sure our children our safe. As a result of this information we have a huge request for all parents who send their children to school with a driver: Please take some time to talk with your drivers and help to empower them to keep your children safe in the car. The drivers need to know that you want them to report to you if your children are not responding to their instructions and the drivers need to know that you will follow through with consequences for the child if they are not respecting their requests. Without this sense of support your driver may not be able to provide the precautions necessary to keep your child safe. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
An Update from Grade Three: Grade Three children have been busy little entrepreneurs the past few weeks. We have designed and made novelty badges. The inspiration behind this venture is to help raise much needed funds for our Community Outreach partner BAWA (Bali Animal Welfare Association). We have been working with Ibu Diana and BAWA all year now with our Heads, Hands and Hearts. We have developed stories and poems that will be published and sold in the BAWA retail store, Ubud. We have sold Christmas cards here at school and we continue our work with paper mache dogs…(hands down the biggest project yet).
At a foundational level we have been involved in many aspects of small business; from product conception, design, production, advertising and selling; even balancing the books! Please support Grade Three this Thursday during Parent-Teacher conferences. A fabulous badge stall and activity station will be set up in the Heart of School. Students will be offering pre-made, hand crafted badges at a special Green School price or you may choose to design and make your own badge to wear proudly in support of BAWA.
BAWA, The Bali Animal Welfare Association is a not-for-profit organization registered in Bali, Indonesia and is dedicated to improving the lives of animals. BAWA’s mission is to relieve suffering and overpopulation by providing medical care, spay and neutering, street-feeding and adoption, and by educating children and adults in animal welfare.
BAWA is currently working to eradicate rabies in Bali. Through education programs, a hotline service for humans, a robust vaccination program and by working together with the local government, BAWA is hoping that rabies will be eliminated in the near future. $3 USD provides a three year rabies vaccine for one dog.
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 fourth 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 firstname.lastname@example.org