“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.“
Aside from the teasers in the subject line, you’ll find information on another high school Green Enterprise project, a request from the Admissions team, some interesting and helpful web links, details on a big corporate event taking place here later this week (don’t worry– it’s happening after school, and it’s raising a lot of money for the scholarship program!), a BSSA sports update, and much, much more.
In this issue:
1. Letter from Pak Andy: Earth Day Challenge!
2. Letter from a Visiting Artist
3. Admissions Alert: Re-enrolment Decision Deadline THIS Week!
4. Bubam Bamboo Business Cards Reaches Milestone
5. Grade 11 Digital Media Project, Part 3
6. Upcoming Events
7. BSSA Basketball Update from Pak Colin
8. Links that Make Us Think
9. Living in Bali (no, not the song!)
10. Corporate Team Building Event at GS this Thursday, March 15
11. Board Updates and Information Flow
12. BaliSpirit Festival Offer for GS Families from the Murakami Family
13. BaliSpirit Fast with Anne Hockett
Letter from Pak Andy: Earth Day Challenge!
In April we will celebrate Earth Day and there will be celebrations throughout the month to honor and appreciate Mother Earth that will culminate with a school and community-wide Earth Day celebration on Friday, April 20th. Preparations for the big event are well underway and we are extremely excited about putting together a day in which we can come together to share in the joy of our home.
We will be busily working with students over the next weeks in preparation for Earth Day. There will also be many opportunities for you to be involved in preparing for the celebration, as well as opportunities for you to help on the big day. There will be lots of details to share with you soon! But, in the meantime I have a challenge for you, one that will require the participation of the entire family!
In honor of Earth Day I am challenging all families (100% of Green School families!) to the Green School Eco-Challenge for the month of April (and hopefully beyond). The challenge is simple (seemingly): Pick one family habit that you know may not be good sustainable practice and change it for 30 days. This can be as simple as being more vigilant in turning off lights when you leave a room, or reducing the amount of packaged food you buy, to more challenging endeavors like reducing the amount of driving (and increasing the amount of walking or cycling) you do as a family. You get to choose, but you have to be committed to what ever it is that you choose for the 30 days of April. The intention of this challenge is to be more conscious of our use of resources, to demonstrate to our children that it is possible to reduce our consumption when we work together, and to come together as a community of people who are trying to make a difference. And, we just may achieve the greater goal of permanently changing our behavior for the positive!
So, where to begin? As you can imagine there is no shortage of internet websites that list all the various ways in which you can live a more sustainable life. I have combed the internet and found a few sites that I think are a good starting points and I have listed them below. You will find lots of useful information on these sites (and, of course, some not so helpful information, too!). Have a look and start to discuss the possibilities with your family so that beginning April 1 we can all begin the challenge in earnest. On Monday, April 2, I will officially launch the challenge via this newsletter so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, begin a conversation at home about your consumption habits and try to identify one habit that you want to change. You know the one, the one you say to friends, “I know this isn’t very Earth-friendly (or green, or sustainable) but…” This would be the habit that likely needs your full attention now!
For the record, my family has decided to commit ourselves to using only natural and biodegradable soaps and to making all of our own eco-friendly cleaning products. We have been inconsistent in our commitment to these things and we have agreed that in April we will make a full commitment.
I have been thinking about this challenge for months now and I’m so excited to finally be launching the idea with you! Please embrace this opportunity to expand your consciousness and to have a closer look at your habits as a family. And remember, good, clean living is supposed to be fun—so have some fun while you challenge yourselves! Here’s to Mother Earth and all she provides! The challenge has been offered and now is the time to put thoughts into action…journey well!
A few categories for consideration:
Food and Diet, Home Products and Building, Transportation, Consumer Purchasing, Cleaning and Beauty Products, Health and Healing, Clothing, Waste Management, Gardening, Power Usage, Water Consumption, Pest Management, Investments
These types of carbon footprint calculators are not exactly scientific but they do highlight areas that ultimately have the greatest impact on the environment and they may give you a little tip or two related to the challenge!
Sustainable living tips:
Obviously not all of the information on these sites will be applicable to our lives here in Bali but many will!
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/environment/going-green-environment/green-home-makeover/green-cleaning-gg/ ( great video about home cleaning products)
http://eartheasy.com/play_menu.htm (all about play)
Portal to other Sustainable living sites:
Letter from a Visiting Artist
We just received this piece from Joost van Haaften, a Dutch Artist who spent some time working with our high school students in January.
For the last 33 years I have been a professor of Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam (The Netherlands); a well-known international University of professional Education in Art and Design: http://www.rietveldacademie.nl/nl/
Over the last 10 years my ideas of art education and the role of the arts in our society have fundamentally changed from briefly speaking an l’art pour l’art idea to a non- political, more collective idea for the arts in society.
Inspired by Joseph Beuys’ idea that everybody is an artist (Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler), I would like to put the Arts back in the nucleus of today’s society: creative people are better people thus a creative society is a better society.
As the artistic ideas of Joseph Beuys are rooted in the Rudolf Steiner tradition, I started searching for a similar conviction in the education from the elementary institution towards the academies of arts.
In my quest for finding another type of Academy of Art and Design, I encountered the CittadellArte of Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto in Biella (Italy): http://cittadellarte.it/
In the curriculum of this institute I found the idealistic match I was looking for, an education through arts towards more responsible people: the arts for a better society. I made contact with this institute and we are planning a cooperative art project with students of both the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and CittadellArte.
By accident, I discovered the Green School in Ubud (Bali, Indonesia) and was inspired by their vivid website (http://www.greenschool.org) I visited the school in January 2012. By teaching a small art project for the children, I hoped to find the origin of green education in which the arts play a central role next to mathematics, languages and other subject matters.
New Babylon New Bali, the project with and for the children of the Green School Ubud Bali Indonesia January 2012.
Together with the fantasy and creativity of the children I realized a similar visual scenario for a green and thus better society for today. Inspiration: Constant’s ‘New Babylon’ art project from the late Fifties of the last century for The Homo Ludens (Playing Mankind), after the disastrous WWII.
Due to the fact that I was only in Ubud for some days I thought of offering the teachers and the children of the Green School the kick-off for a long-term project: ideally, the school could go on with the project without my presence. In fact, the idea is that of a ‘torch project’; other teachers of artists could do the follow up with the children.
In my two-day contribution, I told the kids about the necessity of a scenario of change for our global society and that only kids, being by excellence, creative and open, could realize this scenario.
By drawing and sketching I asked them to fantasize about a utopian place where they would like to live. How could the houses or even their rooms in which they would like to live look like? How would people look like, their clothes for instance.
How would they travel? By bike or through the air? How would the food look and how is it prepared? How green is that fantasy city? And where are the animals? And thus the kids started to sketch and draw the first day.
On the second day we put all the sketchbooks on the table and we started by drawing and sketching to connect the images and thus realizing one big map or ground plan for our new to-be-built city or world.
The fundament and the possibility for further growth and research were being made.
Together, with new artists and or teachers the kids can now work on this ambitious concept by drawing, painting, filming, photographing, sculpting, modeling and installing, etc.
Maybe in some months there will be a monumental installation of New Bali on the terrain of the Green School as a model for the world of tomorrow.
Admissions Alert: Re-enrolment Decision Deadline THIS Week!
Placements opening to waiting list on Monday; now’s the time to commit for 2012-2013
For those of you who either haven’t received an email, or missed the newsletter notices for the last several weeks, 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 budget, hire, build, and make general plans 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 this Friday – 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.
Be Remarkable, Be Remembered! Bubam Bamboo Business Cards Reaches Milestone
Not quite on par with Apple’s 25 billionth app download, but the countdown is now on to Bubam Card’s 1000th card sold. Bubam Cards is a student-run business at GS that produces business cards engraved on environmentally friendly bamboo. The business is now fully up and running. Sales have been strong enough to justify hiring a new employee and the team will soon be printing its 1000th card for one lucky customer (who will receive a special prize). Business cards on bamboo are a great way to make a
green statement about you and/or your business, which is why the students chose the tagline line “Be Remarkable, Be Remembered” for their business. Also, the students recently implemented a new discount policy for large orders. Contact the Bubam sales team at: firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Grade 11 Digital Media Project, Part 3
Here’s the latest video from Grade 11’s E-Portfolio project, “A Day in the Life of a Green School Student”. Thanks to Leslie Mouradian for sharing her work!
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
BSSA Basketball Update from Pak Colin
The season’s matches are now complete.
Well done to the Junior team for their performance against BIS! Congratulations to the 13/14 girls team (made up of 11-13yr olds) who are through to the semi finals!! Their semi final match will take place on Wednesday 14 March against Sekolah Lentera Kasih at SLK(Jalan Gunung Salak # 88, Kerobokan)
BSSA Swimming Meet- Thursday 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
This video went around last year and was recently re-sent to us. Pretty amazing project. Possible at Green School? We’re looking into it.
And here’s a link that contains some nice photos and text about the bamboo bike building project that took place here last term:
High School Cookbook Projects Seeks Advertisers
We are a group of 4 Green School students starting an enterprise
project. We are creating a desert recipe book. We are going to be selling
the book to the Green School community and other visiting guests, so
there is going to be some advertising space available for you to buy.
The book will be in PDF form meaning that they will be on CD’s,
this way we are able to link your advert to it’s website for the people that
are interested in it.
We are selling Advertisement space in the book for IDR 250,000 (full
page, A5) and IDR 100,000 (Half page).
The measurement specifications are as followed:
Full page costs IDR 250,000
Length (Up and down) 18.5cm
Width (Left to right) 13cm
Half page costs IDR 100,000
Length (Up and down) 9cm
Width (Left to right) 13cm
Please include a website or hyperlink so it can redirect straight to your
If you are interested or have any inquiries, please e-mail back fast as
there is a limited amount of space available.
Please respond soon! Thank you very much,
Living in Bali (no, not the song!)
The Green School website is chock full of all sorts of information about what goes on here. But did you know there is also a very handy link to a parent-run site called Living in Bali, a very helpful guide to all things Bali? Whether you’ve just moved to the Island of the Gods or have lived here your whole life, chances are you’ll learn something: http://friendsofgreenschool.org/
Corporate Team Building Event at GS this Thursday, March 15, plus a general note about visitor
Just a heads-up that this coming Thursday Conor and the Green Camp crew are hosting an on-campus team-building event for approximately 65 executives of a British consumer goods company called Reckitt Beniscker. (Perhaps you have heard of their products Dettol, Strepsil, and Veet, the world’s largest depilatory brand…) The group will start to arrive after 2:00 PM, and their activities won’t begin here until our school day is finished. We’ll have a team of middle and high school students helping to critique the projects the RB execs will be working on, so this promises to be an interesting educational opportunity.
In addition, aside from the revenue generated by the event, before the group has even set foot on the campus, one of the members has made a very generous donation of US$ 17,000 to the scholarship program! We’re of course hoping that other members will be similarly inspired to give based on their experiences here.
Events like these are a great way to help us achieve financial sustainability, but please note that we are committed to ensuring that any non-school related activity taking place on the campus has as minimal an impact on the functioning of the school as possible.
The same holds true for tours. Although we host prospective families, media representatives and occasionally visiting educators during the school day, the vast majority of visitors come after 3:00 PM. We’re now holding general tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but we’ve shifted the start time to 3:30 to minimize overlap between guests and students. Again, these tours bring in donations to the scholarship program, and they also help to generate interest in and excitement about Green School in the wider world. We also regularly get prospective families on them (some of you I believe received your introduction to GS this way).
Board Updates and Information Flow
As part of our promise last year to be more transparent and provide better background on decision making the Board agreed to share more information. For the first time we posted the School’s financials last year along with the 2011/12 Business Plan, we published the Board of Governance and we took the extraordinary step of publishing all Board meeting notes online. We will continue to post the monthly Board meeting notes and provide key updates that are relevant to the broader community. You may find all of this information on our website at the following link:
We thank everyone for your interest and support of the School.
BaliSpirit Festival Offer for GS Families from the Murakami Family
BaliSpirit Fast with Anne Hockett
Many of you have asked me to email when new courses are being offered.
This fasting course is my first solo teaching experience on Bali — I’ve successfully guided many groups elsewhere and just feel elated to be able to offer such a deep program here!
We haven’t had much time for marketing so I’m sending this out to friends here to ask for support. Feel free to share this with anyone you think might be interested.
I’m often asked who should fast? The answer is anyone who says yes to any of these questions:
Do you feel sluggish or with low energy on a regular basis
Do you have trouble sleeping
Have you recently experienced a major life event such as a death, a break up, a move
Are you carrying weight you’d rather not
Are you troubled by your relationships with food in general or sugar, salt, caffeine, or alcohol specifically
Are you currently with a chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, endometriosis, asthma, arthritis, etc
Have you ever been treated for cancer
Have you had major surgery anytime within the in the last 20 years or have you been treated for any condition with pharmaceuticals
Do you suffer from sadness or depression
Would you like to “re-set” anything in your life: relationship with self, with others, your work, your passions
Would you like to feel better than you have for months…or perhaps even years
And, the list goes on. Fasting is perhaps the most powerful tool to pause, assess, let go and move forward.
You know I’m not the type to “peddle my wares” so please receive this in the spirit you know is mine.
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