“All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.”
-Martin H. Fischer
This week our Grade 10 Students begin their IGCSE exams, and we wish them the best of luck. This week is also our Changemaker Forum and Community Social, and we are celebrating all the exciting projects taking place in the school. Come and join us! Latest updates are below.
In this issue:
1. Green School Changemaker Forum this Tuesday
2. Green School Community Social this Friday
3. Green School Paints Parent Workshop
4. Updates from Green School Principal
5. Green School Interactive Farm on its way
6. An Update from Students and Teachers
7. Junior Green SuperCamp
8. Green School Effect
9. Updates From Green School General Manager
10. Lost and Found Items
11. Contribute to our weekly new
Green School Changemaker Forum This Tuesday
Tomorrow is our third Changemaker Forum, Tuesday 10th May – from 3.30pm to 5.00pm in the Heart of School. Come along and join us as each of the four Green Teams presents their projects and discusses their progress. We will be covering many exciting projects creating an impact from Education to Enterprises, Community and Innovation. We will also be updating you on the latest developments on the Green School Board and plans for the new year.
This is for parents, students, teachers and staff who want to be involved in the projects that help us to nurture and grow Green School. This will be your opportunity to have your say on the projects we will be actioning in the coming months.
Green School Community Social This Friday
This Friday 13th May, from 3.30pm to 6.30pm we will be having a fun-filled third Green School Community Social. A group from the Community Green Team will be organising a ‘Green Leadership’ activity for the family, so bring your family & friends for a fun afternoon and early dinner together.
This month’s social will begin straight after school assembly at 3.30pm. We will be having a family picnic on the football field (unless it’s raining in which case we will be in the Heart of School). Bring your own drink and a dish to share, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Green Paints Parent Workshop
SOCIAL NIGHT SPECIAL – Please note that the community outreach committee will be offering a hands on GREEN workshop during the Changemaker Social Evening this Friday. This workshop on “Making natural paint’ is the first in the series of workshops planned for the community by the committee. The workshop will start at 4pm.
We will be demonstrating how to make natural paint, followed by everyone getting a chance to make their own paints. After this we will all paint together on big canvas screens that will ultimately adorn the walls of the yoga pavilion.
Please wear clothes that you don’t mind becoming a bit more colorful during this event. Also please bring any yogurt containers you may have. We need approx 100 containers.
Looking forward to this.
Updates from Green School Principal
Parents of Grade 8, 9 & 10 are invited to a meeting with Green School’s Principal about Curriculum & Staffing
Wednesday 11st May, 3:30 – 4:30pm
At Grade 4 Classroom
Please respond to Novi – firstname.lastname@example.org – by noon on 10th May
Coffee Morning with the Principal
Coffee Morning this week, Thursday, 12 May at 8:30 to 10am
Presenting new incoming teachers and class groups for next year.
Green School Interactive Farm on its way
Last Saturday saw a team of students, parents and teachers roll their sleeves up to clear space and build fences for the upcoming Green School Interactive Farm. The chicken coup, led by Grade 5, is coming along nicely and has now been joined by the pens for the goats, geese, ducks and roaming area for deer and Bali black pigs.
Few schools have their own farms, but what makes Green School’s farm more unique is the way we will be integrating learning with the animals (the waste from school meals are already fed to the pigs), and conservation (with the Bali black pig and the Bali starlings).
The conservation bird cages next to the farm are for breeding the Bali starling, which is one of the most endagered species in the world. Looked after by the Begawan Foundation, the project was set up by Balinese vet Dr Bayu Wirayudha. The number of birds have grown from only 16 birds left to 65 having been bred and released into the wild.
The birds have micro-chips so they and their wellbeing can be tracked when they are released. You can learn more about that project here: http://www.begawanfoundation.org/starling.html
Grade 1 Visits Green Village
Grade 1 had a wonderful visit to the architects’ site office at Green Village where the children were shown the 3D models of the homes that are being built all in bamboo! Green Village is moving along rapidly, with many homes now under construction in the same beautiful style and principles as the Green School.
Homeowoners, Irene and Rahim, invited the group into their house and gave a brief tutorial on how to recycle. The kids participated well and enjoyed the experience!
It was a fantastic morning and we welcome more classes to join us for a tour!
You can learn more about the Green Village here: www.greenvillagebali.com
Student Lockers Moving Forward
There’s been lots of activity in the past week on the student lockers project. Last Friday the 7th and 8th graders started off the construction with the help of the Green School bamboo construction team. Lot’s of measuring and cutting bamboo. They were followed by grade 10 this Friday, who helped laying bamboo planks and securing with bamboo dowels they helped to craft, and of course more sawing bamboo.
There was even the visit from 8th grade reps Adele and Theresa to check out how class 10 was faring. Work continued on the Saturday work day with the bamboo crew joined by a few parents, thanks Vadym!
Pak Glenn’s been keeping us all on track, Ibu Nina’s support is integral, and Pak Kadek and his team really bring it all together. Looking forward to the 6th and 9th graders coming in soon….
Ubud Music Festival: Multiculturalism or Cultural Assimilation 10th Grader Isami Rashid Joins the Debate
In February, Green School parent and ethnomusicologist Franki Raden published an article in the Jakarta Post - Ubud Festival Welcomes World Musicians – announcing the Bali Inter-Music Festival, stating that one of the main purposes of the festival is to help “Indonesian and other non-Western musicians…claim their positions on the international music scene.”
One immediate reply to the article, “Letter: World music in Ubud,” also published in the print addition of the Jakarta Post shortly after the article appeared, derided the Festival as another example of cultural assimilation in Bali – as another bite at a weakening Balinese culture to feed the insatiable bellies of invading westerners.
Being a musician who has participated in the festival, Grade 10 student Isami Rashid took offense at the accusation that he and fellow musicians were corroding Balinese culture by sharing their music and collaborating with Balinese musicians. His response to the reader’s letter is thoughtful and well-reasoned. And it speaks best for itself. Follow the link to Franki’s article, and then follow the link to the readers response. Then, scroll down to Isami’s “comment” and see how a Green School student most excellently turns a strongly held conviction into action.
Dolphin Rescue Attempt by Green School Staff and BAWA
On the night of Monday, 2 May, a live dolphin washed up on the beach at Sanur. Dr. Ating, who was out walking his dog, acted quickly and set a rescue mission in motion. For full story, please click here
Junior Green SuperCamp is Happy to be Green!
Expect to see “Happy to be Green” stickers around the school, from Green SuperCamp. The is a partnership between the Green School and SuperCamp, the world leader in summer enrichment camps for students. SuperCamp has a 30 year history with over 56,000 graduates around the world.
From July 5th to 11th, 2011, the first Junior Green Supercamp will take place in Bali, attended by children from around the world. For seven inspirational days, young leaders between 11 and 13 years old will have the camp of a lifetime, learning the world’s best accelerated learning skills while building a powerful sense of purpose in our fast changing world.
SuperCamp’s expert facilitators will be flying in from the US and around the world, and volunteer team leaders (parents and teachers) will have three full days of training prior to the camp starting. You can pick up a brochure from the concierge desk in the Heart of School to find out more.
Green School Effect : Student Engagement
Last month, Steve Milverton brought in an external education consultant to evaluate “student engagement” in the Green School classrooms. The project involved in class observation across all years as well as a questionnaire component. Clearly, a pre-requisite of learning is that the students are engaged in class.
The review was undertaken by Education Consultant: Andrew. J. Uthmeyer. Mr. Uthmeyer has provided us with ways of taking student engagement to an even higher level but here are his own summation words…
“As a teacher of 40+ years of experience, I have never witnessed such a high percentage of teaching staff who are totally motivated, well organized, dedicated and committed to providing challenging experiences to engage their students in education. Student engagement is at the higher end of the scale.”
“Finally, I would like to state that the engagement of students at the Bali Green School would far exceed any comparable school I have ever taught at.”
This assessment is designed to be undertaken on an annual basis.
Advisor to the Green School Board
Updates From Green School General Manager
New Videos on Green School Website
As a result of our in-house web capability and generous parents, Dian and Joshua Estey, you can now take the Virtual Green School Tour through the eyes of Ben Macrory. Please go to the link below for the tour.
The same parents have also done a video of Renee discussing the Green School Effect with the Green School Community. Please go to the link below for more on the Green School Effect.
Internet Access at Green School
In an effort to continuously improve the delivery of our core product, we have made some changes to wireless access at Green School. Please make note of the same. Internet Access is now available through the following two networks:
1. Green School Private – For Green School Students and Staff, access is via a Unique ID and Password
2. Parents & Visitor – For Green School Parents and Visitors, access is open around the campus.
We are happy to be able to offer parents and other visitors the convenience of internet access at Green School. Please do keep in mind that this is not an unlimited resource, however. As a courtesy to others we ask that you refrain from using Skype, downloading large files, or any other online activity that uses an inordinate amount of bandwidth. Thank you in advance for your cooperation
We will continue to work on the settings so as to ensure continued improvement to our core product and fair access to the community at large. If you have any questions, please stop by the Concierge Desk and ask for our IT Department.
Media at Green School
The Green School has been a source of interest to people and organizations all over the world. We are constantly approached by news, TV and documentary developers who would like to cover the Green School. Our first and primary focus of the School is always the students. We would never do anything that jeopardizes their growth and experience.
Media has been an integral part of Green School’s growth from CNN to the BBC to TED Talks to numerous other bits of coverage we receive. It is critical for the health and growth of the School. But it also plays an important role in education. Green School has a beautiful message on sustainability, learning in a “green” environment, progressive education, respect of the earth and much more. We’ll never be able to educate every child in the world! But we can share the wonderment of the Green School to audiences around the world. It is an important role of the School and our community.
Periodically we will have film crews into the school who will be on campus to create documentaries or specials about the schools. These groups have been carefully selected and need to pass critical selection criteria before they are even allowed to come on campus. We won’t allow film crews to sit in a classroom with cameras in children’s faces disturbing their learning. But we may allow crews to stay on campus and film for multiple days.
In addition we ask for any group wanting to film a documentary to give to our Indonesian Scholarship Program to ensure a level of interest and commitment.
We also appreciate privacy and we present all parents with an “opt out” clause if they do not want their child to appear on any film.
We are proud of our School. And we hope others will follow us in working to create a better world.
Lost and Found Items
Please follow this link to see the updated list of Lost and Found Items.
Please see Miska at the Concierge Desk for more information.
Our own weekly news
Our weekly news has now become a regular fixture to keep us all up-to-date with the growing magic of our Green School community.
To add your own news updates for inclusion, please send it to Agung Lea at email@example.com As well as our weekly news, we have a daily Green School newsletter for your.
The newsletter reports on the changemakers and organisations around the world that are leading the change, and we are proud that Green School plays such a pivotal role as one of those leaders.
You can read the newsletter and subscribe to it here: http://paper.li/green_school