“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
Along with the usual announcements about upcoming events and activities at Green School, this week’s update features several pieces that highlight some of the really innovative examples of environmental and experiential learning being overlaid onto academic subject matters. In addition, there is exciting news about a Shakespeare production that will be taking place on campus along with a series of visiting artists who will be enriching our creative arts program. And of course, the biggest news of the week continues to be the return of Alan Wagstaff (a Shakespearean name if ever there was one!) to Bali and Green School. Welcome back, Alan, and we’re excited to see you in April!
In this issue:
1. Alan Wagstaff coming back to Green School
2. Upcoming Events
3. Artist in Residence: Tooza Theis
4. Grade 11 Day in the Life Video Project, Part 2
5. Grade 7 Biodiesel Project
6. Request from the Admissions Team
7. The Bard Comes to Green School: Shakespeare in the Jungle
8. Grade 2A project on Light and Shadow
9. BSSA Sports Update:
10. Links that Make Us Think
11. Our own weekly news
Alan Wagstaff coming back to Green School
The letter below was sent to all Green School parents and staff this past Friday. For anyone who didn’t catch it, we’ll re-print it in its entirety. This is big and exciting news!
Dear Parents and Families of Green School,
As you know, we have been involved in a worldwide search for academic leadership for Green School for the past year. Green School is a unique environment with a unique program and it requires a unique individual. We are confident that we have at last found the right person for the job.
We are very pleased to announce that Alan Wagstaff will be joining Green School on April 1st, 2012. You’ll be hearing much more from and about Alan in the weeks and months to come. One of the first things he’ll do upon arrival in Bali is to hold a series of short courses for parents, teachers, and friends to explain his philosophy of effective schools being places where learning is an ongoing activity and a lifelong passion for all members of the community, no matter what their official role. Part of his approach to a democratic and distributive model of school leadership is to eschew titles like “Director” and “Principal”. Alan will therefore assume the position of Lead Learner at Green School.
Alan will work closely with me as I continue as Managing Director and then transition into a role of Facilitator, who manages the School from “within” rather than “above”. Andy Slavin will also stay on in his Acting Principal role for the remainder of this year as the primary point person for teachers and parents. Going forward he will continue to play a pivotal role in the organization. Over the next several weeks we’ll be announcing further changes to the management structure of the school for August 2012, designed to improve both the learning and the operations at Green School, and we will share this fully with you upon Alan’s arrival in Bali. In the meantime, rest assured that going forward we will continue to build upon the great work that has been done by the exceptional group of teachers and administrators we already have in place here.
Alan’s name will already be familiar to many of you, as he has been a guiding force here from the very beginning. In fact, his “Three Springs” manifesto, in which he sets forth a vision for a school-centered community built on an ecologically sustainable platform with various cultural, environmental, and entrepreneurial streams running through it, was instrumental in inspiring John and Cynthia to found Green School. Alan created the original Green School curriculum, and throughout the school’s brief history, we have attempted to implement his methodologies to rekindle the magic of education and engage students with lively classroom practices. This implementation of course now grows significantly easier!
Alan has had forty years experience in the education sector as a primary and secondary school teacher, a special education teacher, a school principal, and for the last decade, as an independent consultant, mentor and school developer. He has worked at and advised schools in the U.K., New Zealand, Canada, Indonesia, and Australia. Over the last several years, Alan was contracted to Silkwood Education Services – an advisory arm of Silkwood School in Nerang, Queensland Australia – as the Director of Education and Development. Most recently he has also served as Learning Manager at Silkwood School itself.
Alan brings extensive experience in virtually every aspect of growing a healthy and vibrant school– a partial list includes the development of student-centered, holistic perspectives with policy formation, curriculum innovation in all key learning areas, parent education and liaison, behavior management, co-operative learning, student assessment, learning support, values education, literacy, numeracy, and all other academic subjects, health and physical education,teacher development, mentoring, appraisal, and lesson preparation, and facilitative school management. In short, Alan Wagstaff is a force to be reckoned with!
Given this impressive background and his already long-standing association with the project, we believe that Alan is the ideal person to expand upon the work that has taken place here over the last four years and take Green School to the next level. We are delighted to have Alan on board as we begin this exciting new chapter of Green School’s history.
Following is a list of dates you may want to put in your calendar. As always, we recommend that you refer early and often to our newer and recently even more improved events calendar, which is updated on an hourly basis. You may not find the answer to some of life’s bigger mysteries (for example, is it purely coincidental that in Bahasa Indonesia “air” means water and “solar” means diesel?), but you’ll be able to keep tabs on all of the exciting events and activities taking place at Green School every day!
March 13: Shadow Puppet performance, 1:15pm-2:15pm
- We will have a group of visiting puppeteers and dancers from Malaysia; all parents welcome to attend
March 16: Parent/Teacher conferences, 12-5pm (Middle School from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM)
- Student dismissal at 11:30 (including Middle School), no lunch served for students. Limited amount of Nasi Bungkus lunch available for sale for parents.
- Information about conferences will be sent home as we get closer to the date
March 20: Nyepi Day/Rumble in the Jungle 3: Musical Sharing
- Nyepi Assembly at 11:30 AM.
- Parents invited to stay for lunch; post-lunch pre-music program TBA
- Rumble in the Jungle 3: All music classes will perform, including marimba. Performance will begin at 2pm. Don’t miss it!
April 20: Earth Day celebration!
- Many, many activities throughout the day and into the early evening, a big Community event! Details to follow in early April.
April 27: Fun Day, planned and carried out by High School Students as part of their Enterprise class.
- This will be an after school event and fun for the whole family! Details to follow in April.
March 21-30 Nyepi/Spring Break (Professional Development for teachers March 21) with a return April 2
April 6 Good Friday, no school
Artist in Residence: Tooza Theis
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Ibu Tooza Theis to the Green School community, where she will be been in residence in the art studio for 10 days.
Ibu Tooza trained as an artist at Leeds Art School in the United Kingdom and has lived and worked in France for 33 years. She is a community artist who uses willow, paper and light to create ephemeral illuminated installations. As an artist she has been commissioned to work world wide in a range of projects including festivals and street based art activities, sourcing local and recycled materials and working with people across all ages, from babies to the elderly. During Ibu Tooza’s residency with us she is conducting workshops with Grades 1- 10 in which students are making 3D organic bamboo sculptural forms.
We thank Ibu Tooza for her generous contribution to the Green School community and we invite you to view the installation “Living Shells” in The Warung and Art Studio from Friday March 2. This is a collaborative creation inspired by shells, pods and nests and is testimony to her hard work and the ingenuity of our enthusiastic art students.
Ibu Tooza is the first of three artists to reside in the art studio this semester. Alexandra Robb, a printmaker from London will be with us for 4 weeks in April and Andrea Caterina & Stefania, Italian Mask Makers will work with our students at the end of April for one week.
Grade 11 Day in the Life Video Project, Part 2
Here’s the next in our series of Grade 11 videos, this one from Rasa Milaknes. Thanks and terima kasih for sharing, Rasa!
Grade 7 Biodiesel Project
During the 2-day week before Galunggong, the 7th grade students made biodiesel in
their science classroom. As a conclusion to their unit on plants, the students learned
that many plants produce oil. In fact, Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of the diesel engine,
originally invented his engine to run on peanut oil! The students discussed plant
oils, highlighting the pluses and minuses. One of the bigger pluses they found was
using vegetable oil as a fuel—namely that the carbon released into the environment
when vegetable oil is burned, is then taken in by the plants that the vegetable oil
was harvested from. So vegetable oil is much closer to carbon neutral than oil.
However, plant oils such as palm oil often lead to great deforestation. At a bit of a
stalemate, we put the discussion on hold until day 2 and went on to converting
vegetable oil to biodiesel.
The students learned that although Rudolf Diesel’s
original engine was made to run on peanut oil with out modification, the engine has
since been modified to run best on diesel fuel. Therefore, to run a diesel engine on
vegetable oil now, one must either heat the vegetable oil before running it through
the engine, or modify the vegetable oil to become structurally similar to oil—
biodiesel. (The students explained this as, if you were to run vegetable oil and diesel
down a slide at Waterbom, you want them to get to the bottom at the same time).
The students blended vegetable oil, methanol, and lye together in a blended donated
by Joe (G7). They learned that when methanol and lye are blended with vegetable
oil, a chemical reaction takes place producing biodiesel and glycerol. When they
returned on day 2, the biodiesel and glycerol had separated, the dark brown
glycerol at the bottom of the glass, and the clear, lighter biodiesel on top. The
biodiesel could be put straight into a diesel engine’s diesel tank. Finally, we
discussed using waste vegetable oil as a feedstock for biodiesel. Using waste oil is
the best option as it is a waste product and does not add to deforestation. The 7th
graders “filled” a “sustainable barrel of oil,” brainstorming all the different
sustainable ways we could create enough energy to fill a barrel of oil. Biodiesel from
waste vegetable made up a portion of that barrel, along with wind energy, sun
energy, energy efficiency, and using less. Great job grade 7!
Ibu Meegan, Middle School Intern
Request from the Admissions Team
Thank you to all of you that responded promptly to last week’s Admissions Alert! For those of you who either haven’t received an email, or missed last week’s newsletter notice, we are now looking ahead to the 2012-2013 academic year and beginning to plan enrolments in all classes from Pre-K-Prep to grade 12. There has been significant interest in several grades, so we would like to request you indicate your intentions to re-enroll your children in order that we might effectively plan for the year ahead.
Therefore, please complete the below online “micro”-form to indicate your enrolment decision for the 2012-2013 academic year. We use the term ‘micro-form’ here to emphasize the quick and easy nature of completing this feedback mechanism – approximately 15 seconds is all that is required.
The deadline for responding is March 16th. If you have indicated a commitment to re-enroll your child/children, we will gladly hold their place(s) for the 2012-2013 academic year. Should you indicate that you will not be re-enrolling your child/children, their place(s) will be released to other students who may be on our waiting lists.
Tim Fijal Head of Admissions,
Ami Lestari, Admissions Manager.
Click here to complete re-enrolment commitment form.
The Bard Comes to Green School: Shakespeare in the Jungle
Please see flyer below along with a letter from director Rehane Abraham about a very exciting upcoming event: a version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that will be rehearsed and performed at Green School!
We are inspired to do a radically truncated adaptation of Shakespeare’s great anti-war play,Macbeth.Hopefully we will be able to explore themes of violence and power in an age appropriate way;touching on issues such as bullying and aggression in a personal context and war in a global context.
As usual there will be all the fun and games involved in putting on a play along with developing acting and voice skills cultivating confidence, elaxation and release on stage. And as this is a Shakespeare we will be working with metre, rhythm – getting in touch with and expressing all that huge Elizabethan emotion!
Please be advised that this is not a fancy costume show! The production focuses on acting and what the actors do on stage rather than effects. Costumes are not supplied and actors will have to wear your own clothes – something basic, simple and utilitarian.
Dates: Rehearsals begin in the first week of April and performances are 26 and 27 May 2012. We will rehearse one day in the week after school and on Saturday mornings depending on the parts requirements. You will be advised of the schedule closer to the time and your own pre- existing schedules will be taken into account.
Cast: The leads have already been cast. But many meaty roles are still available as well as choral parts and walk on’s for those just beginning. Lines will be allocated according to ability. No-one will have more than they can deal with. We are allocating parts for a chorus of witches and a few of the lords such as Lennox, Siward, Angus, etc.
Fees: Fees per child for this firefly production are Rp800,000 per month for taking part in the production. There is a 10% discount for siblings.
If there are any queries or comments please do not hesitate to contact Rehane Abraham: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 2A project on Light and Shadow
2A has been learning about Light and shadow. As an integrated unit we have also looked and observed patterns in time.Based on their learning today all children made their personal sundials.
BSSA Sports Update:
Well done to our basketball teams for their fantastic efforts in last week’s round of matches.
There will be no BSSA matches on 29 February, but practices will continue as per usual.
The final round of the basketball season will be:
8-10 Mixed vs BIS+ Dyat at BIS
10-12 Boys vs SIS at SIS
13/14 Boys vs BIS at BIS
13/14 Girls- round robin completed and waiting to see if semi final spot!
In our Friday Community Sports Day, the 15/O girls took on the 13/14 boys, while the 15/O Boys team faced up against a strong Balinese team from Padang Galak.
In the first match the 15/O girls gave the 13/14 boys a lesson in basketball winning 17-11, while the 15/O boys beat the local team 19-18 in a thrilling and tough match! Well done!
BSSA Swimming Meet- 15 March
We have 10 students who will be representing Green School at BIS- good luck to our swimmers!
BSSA Cross Country- 18 April at Green School
We’re hosting the BSSA meet again this year and practice will start on Tuesday 13 March with Pak Glenn
Links that Make Us Think
Thanks to GS parent Gabriela Bonin for sharing this link that features an inspired and passionate 11 year-old. Please note that we consider ourselves to be an equal opportunity venue here, so if anyone from the Monsanto corporation sees this and begs to differ, we welcome their response!
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