“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself”
Please do have a look, as the newsletter contains some useful (we hope) news and information. This addition also contains an update from the principal on infrastructure improvements, a short piece on Green School’s first international exam results, and an interview with one of the pioneering teachers who has been with us since the first day, Ibu Desak.
In this issue:
1. Updates from the Principal
2. Green School’s First International Exam Results
3. Living in Bali
4. West Side Access Road Repairs
5. Tours of Green School
6. After School Programs
7. Media at Green School and Website Images
8. This Week’s Teacher Profile
9. Changemaker Forum & Family Night Friday 30 September
10. BSSA Football (Soccer) this week
11. Our weekly newsletter
Updates from the Principal
We continue improving our facilities, and the following upgrades have already been achieved:
Our new computer lab is up and running on the second floor of Heart of School, with24 HP desktop computers running Windows 7 operating system. All grades from kindergarten through grade 11 have enjoyed the opportunity to use the computer lab already this year. Ibu Emily in ICT reports that students are welcome to use the computer lab for their class work or other learning Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Students now have space to safely run experiments with more advanced equipment in our new science lab under the direction of Ibu Sarah. There are four sinks around the perimeter of the room, sunk into tile countertops with tile floors underneath, so chemical experiments can be done safely. Two big lab tables occupy the center of the room, so that the space can accommodate classes of up to 24 students at a time. A science supply room and lab prep room are right next door. Puri Wahyuni is a full-time lab technician and classroom lab aide. She manages all of the lab equipment, sets up and breaks down labs, and helps students with their lab work. The science lab is used for science classes grades 6-11. Primary grades have access to all the equipment as well. Ibu Puri is also working with the primary teachers in the design of many primary appropriate science experiments.
The Chakra House now devotes two floors and office space to music. This new area accommodates the entire marimba ensemble on the lower floor, with additional room for classes of up to 25 students on the second floor. We also have a greater variety of percussion instruments for the students to channel their musical creativity.
E-Portfolios are being developed by all of our Senior school students. The Middle school staff are also receiving training on the E-Portfolio work so that they can implement this later in the year. Our E-portfolios are an assessable part of the senior program and will provide another tool for self promotion at the end of their Green School journey. We expect eh e-portfolios to share the passions and accomplishments of our students while they work their way through the school This will complement their academic transcripts at the end of Grade 12.
Our senior students have started their online elective subjects recently as well. The electives are covering a wide variety of areas from digital game design through to high level sciences. These electives are also being supported by Joel and the senior teaching team. The first few weeks have been focusing on getting our students settled in to their weekly routines and developing the class norms to ensure a happy classroom environment.
I have been enjoying the opportunity to get into the class rooms over the last few weeks. It’s a pleasure to see the high level of engagement and the variety of programs that are being offered. Our programs this year are also being supported by an ESL program. We have a number of students from Europe and Russia who are benefitting from this. We offer an intensive and intermediate course.
In the coming weeks, I will share with you our progress in the curriculum upgrade and how we measure learning progress at a student level and at a school level.
Green School’s First International Exam Results
Last April and May, Green Schools’ 10th graders sat for their IGSCE exams through Cambridge International in seven different subjects, and we received the results in August. For the first time in our short history, Green School students can be benchmarked against tens of thousands of students in thousands of schools around the world. We’re very pleased with the results. Here’s Senior School Coordinator and IGSCE English and Global Perspectives teacher Joel Mowdy:
“In line with Green School’s mission, we try to cast a green shade on everything we teach. We also recognize that our students represent a wide array of interests and talents. Over the past two years, our most senior students were given the opportunity to explore these interests and further develop their talents in the context of their IGCSE courses. The exam results show that our student-centered, green-infused approach to delivering the Cambridge Curriculum has been effective. From having the courage to take the exam at the conclusion of a challenging course to achieving the highest marks available, each student has reason to be proud of his or her achievements.”
Congratulations to these students and teachers for all of their hard work and preparation. From the beginning, Green School has attracted international attention for our pioneering efforts to integrate environmentally sustainable practices with traditional education. Successful results in the IGSCEs mark a big step in getting us onto the world map in terms of our academic program as well. Keep up the great work!
Living in Bali
A Potpourri of Bali: Learn the culture and receive a blessing.
Where: Tampak Siring (Water blessing)
When: 16th September 2011 (5pm – 7.30pm)
Who: John Hardy and guest speakers
Dress code ESSENTIAL. Please bring the following.
For the blessing – T-shirt,sarong and waist tie.Flip flops.
After the water blessing – Traditional Balinese Upacara attire for males and females. Do not use beach sarongs or pre made hats for males.
This is one of the most unique cultural experiences you will do in Bali. We will all get to meet and be involved with an authentic worship and blessing ceremony. We will all enjoy a traditional meal after the blessings and hear from a guest speaker on the past and present of Bali.
There will be a basic cover charge for the dinner and the temple donation. Approximately Rp70,000 per adult or Rp50,000 per child.
Everyone is to organise their own transportation to Tampak Siring which is about 20 minutes north of Ubud. Here is the Google map link to the site:http://g.co/maps/5facv
It is essential that everyone sends a RSVP by email or sms by Thursday 4pm.
Please register attendance by emailing:
Tel: 081 338292986
West Side Access Road Repairs
The west side loop road repairs are finished! Thanks again to everyone for the cooperation and patience these past few weeks. To keep our beautiful new road looking beautiful and new, please do limit your speed to 20 KPH. Signs will be erected soon, but in the meantime if your child(ren) come(s) to school with a driver, please remind him or her about the speed limit. (Don’t make Ibu Nina sit out there with a radar gun every morning issuing citations!) Aside from keeping the new road in good shape, this is obviously a huge safety issue as well for Green School children and those from the surrounding community with whom we share this resource.
Tours of Green School
We remain honored and humbled by the number of people from around the world who want to come and see Green School for themselves. For anyone thinking about enrolling children here, we suggest a private tour during the day so as to see the magic of Green School in action.
If you know anyone in this category, you can always connect them with Ami or Tim in Admissions to arrange for an appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; or just come see them on the south side of the ground floor of Heart of School). For visiting friends or family or that person you met at yoga class who expresses an interest, we offer general tours every Monday and Wednesday (excluding Indonesian public holidays) at 3:00 PM, for which we have a suggested donation of IDR 100,000 per person that goes to support our Balinese scholarship program. I believe there are quite a few new parents this year who have relocated from abroad and never took a tour during the admissions process, so if any of you are interested to know more about the history of Green School and some of the moving parts that make up the project, please feel free to join me on one of those.
After School Programs
As a reminder, we’re just through our first week of after school activities. Participation was strong but we hope to see even more students get involved. We’re offering an impressively diverse set of activities this term.
For more info, please check the calendar: http://blog.greenschool.org/calendar/events-calendar/ This is another useful link with specific updates: http://blog.greenschool.org/blog/category/activities/ Please encourage your children to participate!
Media at Green School and Website Images
Green School continues to generate a huge amount of interest from international media outlets both large and small. Media coverage is an important tool for spreading the word about the project to prospective families (perhaps even some of you), teachers, donors, volunteers, environmentalists and generally inspired people from all around the globe who somehow want to get involved. We try to walk the fine line between allowing media access without disrupting the fundamental purpose of Green School, the education of our children, and our goal is to schedule any media visit in a way that minimizes disruptions. For any parent who does not feel comfortable for whatever reason having their child(ren) interviewed, photographed, or videoed, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can respect your wishes or discuss any concerns you might have. In addition, many of the photos on our website are quite old (some of you may hardly recognized your own children!), so we are beginning a project to update some of the images. We’ll contact you individually to ask for permission to use those. Again, feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.
This Week’s Teacher Profile
Ibu Desak (Desak Putu Ratmini, SPd) hails originally from Singaraja, in the north of Bali. In 2011-2012, she serves as Indonesian class teacher of grades 4.
Ibu Desak’s initial attraction to Green School was its idea of creating a place for teaching and learning that is both functional and beautiful, while employing green technology to reduce the carbon footprint. She also appreciates Green School’s efforts to utilize local sustainable materials and resources in delivering knowledge and experiences to the children.
At Green School, Ibu Desak gets to share her Balinese culture as well as Indonesian language.
“Green School is different because it aims to produce the leaders of tomorrow, and obviously through a different and deeper understanding of the local environment than typical education,” said Ibu Desak. “It can inspire people, especially the children and other schools to take the underlying principles of this school, adapt them to their circumstances and build their own in their parts of the world.”
Ibu Desak finds teaching at Green School particularly rewarding because Indonesian teachers here teach in class for all subjects rather than only Indonesian language.
“It’s a great place in cultivating high-quality teaching through induction and mentoring so that I am able to be a high-qualified International-based teacher,” she said. “It gives me an awesome opportunity to work with world-class academic educators from different countries, backgrounds and pedagogies.”
Facing cultural differences has been the most challenging aspect of teaching at Green School. This can mean different communications styles, attitudes toward conflict, approaches to completing tasks, decision-making styles, attitudes toward disclosure and approaches to knowing, especially during the first two months of the school year. Teachers, students and parents all get more adept at overcoming these challenges with practice.
During the 2011-2012 school year, Ibu Desak hopes to help cultivate even stronger links of understanding and respect among new members of the Green School community and the local Balinese community.
“I’ve been involved in starting a new school before, and I understand what a challenge it can be under any circumstances,” said Ibu Desak, who has been with Green School since its opening in 2008. “I believe that we remain a work in progress on many levels, but in this regard, we are starting, at least trying, to do things differently.”
Changemaker Forum & Family Night Friday 30 September
Changemaker Forum: From 3.00pm to 5.00pm, parents and teachers are getting together to discuss the various projects that everyone will be getting involved in this year at Green School. There will be activities for the kids as well, so stay behind and get connected.
Family Night: From 5.00pm to 7.00pm the cash bar and dinner will be available. You can bring your own food and drinks or buy from the bar.
BSSA Football (Soccer) this week:
On Wednesday 14 September we’re hosting BIS at Green School:
3pm: 9/10 boys
3:30pm 11/12 boys
4pm: 13/14 boys
Please ensure that players have the white and green sports kit (available
from Ibu Novi) and bring their hats/sun block and water bottles.
The 6-8 year olds will travel to BIS on Wednesday: meet Ibu Michelle and Pak
Peter and Andy at the gym at 2 PM sharp to leave on buses for BIS. The games start at
3pm. We will be back at GS roughly at 5 PM. Parents may collect kids from BIS but please
let the coaches know! 6-8 year olds need not worry about having sports kit as Green “bibs” will be given to them to wear in their games. Parents please remember hats and water
Good luck to all our teams!
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