“We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”
You’ll find below a link to our latest Green School newsletter. You’ll find letter to the GS community from Pak Andy and Alan Wagstaff (I suppose after April 1 we’ll probably start calling him Pak Alan), and lots of news about upcoming events and recent happenings. We’re excited to open our new Bamboo Gallery just outside the art studio. And some intriguing items have shown up in the Lost and Found box behind the Welcome Desk.
In this issue:
1. Letter from Pak Andy
2. “No thanks… that looks like brine!
3. Upcoming Events
4. Bamboo Gallery Opens
5. Compass School Workshop at GS/GC
6. BSSA Update from Pak Colin
7. Admissions Alert: Re-enrolment Decision Deadline Next Week!
8. The Ultimate Bamboo Post, Volume 2 now available
9. New Lunch Policy for Guests
10. Green School Saving Rainforest and Endangered Animals
11. Links that Make us Think
12. March Camp at the Spring
13. High School Student Council Update from Theresa Hamilton
14. Lost and Found Items at Welcome Desk
15. Our own weekly news
Letter from Pak Andy
Last week marked the beginning of my time as the Interim Principal of Green School. I wanted to extend a big thank you to all the families, students, and teachers for the support they have given me as I have made this exciting transition. I have been at Green School for nearly three years now and I have never been more happy or more excited about the present state and the future direction of the school. Extraordinary things are afoot!
This is an incredibly exciting time at school. You need only step on campus for a few minutes to feel the incredible energy that is present. Students and teachers are deeply engaged in amazing academic endeavours and creative projects, our curriculum deepens with each passing day, our children are thriving in so many ways, and there is a deep sense of connection throughout the school. We are truly in the midst of education at its best, and it’s getting better every day!
I was struck this week by how much my educational framework has changed during my time at Green School. I have long been a member of an organization called Re-Thinking Schools and each month I get an email from the organization outlining it’s latest findings about education and how they are striving to reshape the landscape of education in the United States. This month the featured publication was a book called “Pencils down: Rethinking High Stakes Testing and Accountability”. I used to spend a lot of time and energy fighting against High Stakes testing (essentially the standardized testing used in the US and other places that has significant consequences for students and schools, but that often does little to inform schools and students about better learning). I believed, and still do, that High Stakes testing completely undermines the real beauty of learning and narrows the focus of schools to teach to the test, essentially eliminating all other learning that is not addressed on the test. What struck me this week is that I no longer have to waste my energy worrying about the harmful effects of these tests on my students (though I do still worry about all the students who are continually subjected to the tests!). At Green School I can spend my time and energy exploring what is really meaningful in education—holistic teaching and learning, engaging learners, environmental education and stewardhip, the richness of the arts in school, and so much more! In short, I can focus on all that is wonderful about education. Wow, how incredibly fulfilling this is for me as an educator and parent!
So instead of reading about how High Stakes testing is eroding the foundations of education, I can read about things like Ecoliteracy and how it is transforming education. I want to share a link with you that I thoroughly enjoyed this week from the Center for Ecoliteracy:
This is a wonderful article about a book called Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability. It reminds me that we are all doing important work, and we are part of a process that is fundamentally changing the landscape of education. Here’s to our labor of love and to the continuation of our work together!
“No thanks… that looks like brine!
New take on an old saying…
If you lead a horse to water – it had better BE water!’
Education, as you will know from experience, is served-up via many recipes; some of these are not sustaining – and therefore, in the long-run, are not sustainable. To get an inkling of what I mean you might ask yourself: ‘What are the lasting legacies I took from my schooling days:resilience, boundless curiosity; pluralism… or what?’ Maybe you could try inserting the word ‘examination’ into your next schooling conversation – just to see what happens.
Sustainable education has learning as its heart-fuel – but not merely learning; it has learning of a certain flavour. We, at Green School, wantstudents in pursuit of learning – not the reverse. To achieve this, school-wide, requires vigilance and effort in every aspect of the enterprise. Our aim: ‘Self-managing, self-directed students’ is easy to say – but complex to achieve. Read More …
Friday, March 9: Assembly, 2:15-3:15 for Grades 5-11
Grades 9 and 11 will be presenting some of their work on environmental issues
Tuesday, 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
Friday, 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
Tuesday, 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!
Friday, 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.
Friday, 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
Bamboo Gallery Opens
If you’ve walked through Heart of School recently, you might have noticed that the area just outside the Art Atrium has been transformed into a beautiful exhibition space.
Welcome to the Bamboo Gallery!
Now on display is Living Shells, comprising 3D bamboo structural forms created by students in Grades 2-10 with the recently departed (although still very much alive, never fear) visiting artist, Tooza Theis.
If you haven’t visited yet, please come through and take a look.
Living Shells will be up through the beginning of April. Keep an eye out for the next exciting show under the expert curatorial hand of Green School’s very own Ibu Margot.
Compass School Workshop at GS/GC
As most people know, there are very few dull moments on the Green School campus. There always seems to be a lot happening here! Click on the link below for information about a very interesting workshop on sustainability for educators that Green Camp will be hosting here next month. Although Green School is still a ways from being perfect, it’s pretty amazing how many teachers (and environmentalists, architects, designers, artists, etc.) are coming to visit us for inspiration and ideas.
BSSA Update from Pak Colin
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
Buses depart GS 2pm, return by 5pm
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
Admissions Alert: Re-enrolment Decision Deadline Next Week!
Placements opening to waiting list soon; now’s the time to commit for 2012-2013
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.
We have an exciting year ahead and we hope to see your family return to our Green School community this August!
Tim Fijal Head of Admissions,
Ami Lestari, Admissions Manager.
Click here to complete re-enrolment commitment form.
The Ultimate Bamboo Post, Volume 2 now available
The 2nd issue of ‘The Ultimate Bamboo Post’ has arrived – a newsletter written by kids for kids at Green School. We have increased our pages from 6pp to 8pp. You can purchase a printed copy from the GS welcome desk which is located in the Heart of School for Rp30,000 (each copy costs Rp28,000 to print).
Please show your support so we can afford to publish our next issue.
We’d also appreciate your comments, ideas, pictures or stories.
Contact us using our Dropbox in the Green Warung or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Lunch Policy for Guests
To ensure that all students and staff get enough to eat, we kindly request that parents and other visitors wait until 12:45 to have lunch in Heart of School. Here is the new lunch schedule:
11:30 – 12:45 for students, teachers, and staff
12:45 – 13:15 for parents & visitors
In the meantime there are always plenty of food options available at the Green Warung. Terima kasih and thanks in advance for your cooperation.
Green School Saving Rainforest and Endangered Animals
Grade 1 will have a bake sale on Friday, March 9th during snack. We shall be selling snacks and accepting donations for the Dr. Ating Foundation in the Bale from 10:00-10:30. Dr. Ating will be putting Green School ideals into action in the jungle of Sulawesi. Please help us to support his very important work. Visit Dr. Ating’s website for more information.
Thank you very much.
Links that Make us Think
Alan Wagstaff sent along the following link. Although the content might be of more specific interest to our American and Finnish families (a relatively large group and a very small one, respectively), the general points about educational models are very interesting.
March Camp at the Spring
Have young kids? Live in the Ubud area? Looking for something fun and engaging to do during the mid-term break? Our good friends at the Spring asked us to share the flyer below.
High School Student Council Update from Theresa Hamilton
This week the High School student council discussed possible locations of the new classrooms, all of which have almost no noise distraction, which is fantastic news! Other issues addressed include; noise during break times (can teachers please ask their middle and lower school students to be relatively quiet while classes are still taking place above them in Heart of School) and the strict timing in the high school classes (Will teachers please be more tolerant and give a grace period between break and class as we have no gong or bell and the time it takes to get to the warung from, for example, the science lab, cuts a significant amount of time from our break).
Lost and Found Items at Welcome Desk
We have two bamboo baskets out by the security post at the west side entrance that are nearly overflowing with water bottles, hats and sports gear. Meanwhile, please check with Arnie at the Welcome Desk for some higher ticket items that are pictured below. I’m not sure how valuable the make-up brush really is but the watch at least appears to be Swiss and very expensive!
Our own weekly news
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