“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.”
Without a major international award being received or an afternoon carnival and evening performance taking place (thanks and congratulations again to all high school students, parents and staff who were involved in last week’s events– both were amazing!), by GS standards it’s a pretty quiet Friday here.
But of course, lots is continuing to happen. In this week’s newsletter, there are unmistakable hints that the year is beginning to draw to a close, with updates on the upcoming high school exams and a chance to pre-order an incredible yearbook. We’ve got news from Green Studies, a Kindergarten fundraiser, the Green Warung, and of course the latest sessions from Pak Alan and the Parent Education and Inspiration talks. (This week’s discussion on Third Culture Kids led by Nikki Macfarlane should not be missed.)
In this issue:
1. The Latest from Pak Alan
2. Next Parent Education and Inspiration Session
3. Grade 10 Study Party!
4. News from the Green Warung
5. Bamboo Post: 3rd Issue Now Available!
6. GS Yearbook coming together – Pre-order now
7. Deadline extended for early payment discount
8. Kindy Cookbook
9. Green Studies update from Pak Noan
10. BSSA Sports
11. Looking for Macbeth Extras
12. Middle School assembly speaker: The Hitcher
13. Our own weekly news
The Latest from Pak Alan
The learning continues… Integrate! Illuminate! Initiate!
*NEW: Tues/Thurs, May 8 and 10 (repeat) Alan will present the Thematic Seminar. 3:30-5pm
*NEW: Tues/Wed, May 15 and 16 (repeat) Alan will present Practical Lessons: The Experiential Frame. 3:30-5pm
For all those who attended Alan’s CASE Course on Spirituality and Education, please write to email@example.com so that we can gather everyone’s email. Please RSVP if you can meet Tuesday May 15th at 11 AM in the round bale near HOS. We’ll talk through how best to continue our personal learning for this year and fabulous plans for next year!
Next Parent Education and Inspiration Session
Tuesday, May 8, 9:00 AM in Mepantigan
Third Culture Kids
Green School’s very own Nikki Macfarlane leads an important discussion on Third Culture Kids: how can you maximize the advantages and minimize the disadvantages of raising your children in a different culture. What resources are available to you? Please join us
Grade 10 Study Party!
As IGCSE exam time looms closer for Grade 10, special timetabling arrangements have been made through the month of May to allow more teaching time for Science and Maths. Supplementing this extra tuition was an intensive study weekend run by Ibu Benny and Pak Steve. Saturday saw Ibu Benny lead the class through dissections, experiments and revision. It was a hands-on day of learning that engaged the students in an atmosphere of fun.
Special thanks must go to Grade 11 student Dillon Carpenter who also gave up his time to assist in the running of the experiments and to share his knowledge of the exam process with his peers.
After pizzas, movies and a sleepover Sunday’s focus was maths with Pak Steve. The students worked on various activities to deepen their understanding of the IGCSE content. The afternoon activity was working on Flash cards to help with their memorization of key formulas.
Huge thanks to Nikki and Ross Macfarlane, who hosted the weekend at their home and whose generosity made it possible. Thanks also to Ibu Leslie for facilitating the event and acting as chaperone for the sleepover.
Ibu Benny & Pak Steve.
News from the Green Warung
Did you know that the Green Warung is now being run by Ibu Kadek, the executive chef and culinary mastermind behind what some have called the best school food on earth? (I don’t think an official award exists yet but if they ever create it Green School would have to be in the running!) Under her direction, you’ll be seeing some changes, including a move towards healthier snacks during the school day. In addition, there is now an array of prepared foods available for sale, including different types of sambal and pasta sauces, and with a day’s notice you can order some of the finest baked goods on the island (the cupcakes and carrot cake are to die for).Organic brown rice in a beautiful palm leaf wrapper is also on offer, and soon there will be a daily selection of freshly harvested vegetables from the school gardens. Keep your eyes open, and terima kasih banyak to Ibu Kadek and her staff…
Bamboo Post: 3rd Issue Now Available!
GS Yearbook coming together – Pre-order now
Here’s a link to some proofs to the 2011-2012 Green School Yearbook. We are incredibly fortunate to have had two GS parents and world-class photo and design talents donate a huge amount of their time and talent to this project. Thanks Mike Clarke and Cece Wong! The yearbooks will be eco-friendly, printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink, and will sell for IDR 200,000 per copy. Reserve your copy now by seeing Yani at the Welcome Desk in HOS or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline extended for early payment discount.
A number of families have expressed their intentions to take advantage of the early payment discount, but have had difficulties navigating Bali’s restrictive banking hours. In recognition of this challenge, we have extended the early payment deadline to May 15th. All returning Green School families paying for 2012-2013 tuition in full prior to this deadline will receive a 5% discount. Please email your payment intention to email@example.com if you haven’t already done so.
The Kindergarten is going to do a release of our cookbook that we have worked so hard on over the last few months. It contains nutritious recipes that the children have learned to cook. The book also features Yoga poses, as we have learned about taking care of our bodies by practicing yoga 4 times a week. We will sell the cookbooks for 100,000 rupiah. Along with this launch, we are planning to sell pizza for 25,000/slice. All proceeds will go to the Sumatran Orangutan Society, because the children feel very passionate about saving this precious animal. This will all happen starting at assembly on Friday May 11th.
Green Studies update from Pak Noan
In the early years, it is important to establish a relationship with nature, and that is precisely what Green Studies aims to do for children in Pre-K and Pre-K Prep. In the spirit of exploration, the kids went out on an adventure. They ran across logs, jumped from ominous looking stairs, and climbed the sheer walls of rice terraces. While out with the Pre-K we witnessed a hair-raising sight: a praying mantis that had been taken over by parasitic horse-hair worms! The worms were twice as long as the mantis, and were slowly emerging from the rear end of the mantis. It turns out that this worm takes control of the mantis’ brain, driving it towards water where it leaps to its death and completes the worm’s life cycle. (You can see a video–not taken here– of this phenomenon at the following link, if you dare!
Matt has been keeping the Grade 5′s busy with their new chickens. They will reach the 100th egg harvested this week! They have also kept busy thinking about whether the world would be better off without humans. Fortunately, they came to the conclusion that while we are pretty destructive beasts, the best solution would be for us to live in better equilibrium with nature. Meanwhile, the 1st graders are setting up their own Buvarium, which is a butterfly habitat. They are collecting the materials to make the butterflies feel at home, and studying the life cycle of these fascinating fellows. Many of the primary kids have had a chance to reap the seed that they sowed as they got to harvest their veggie patches.
In the Middle School students have been busy exploring Bali’s Subak system. I never appreciated how big of an engineering feat it is to get irrigation across the dramatic terrain of Bali. Playing with some small pieces of pipe and looking around the Green School Campus my views quickly changed though, and now truth be told, I am really impressed. In the coming weeks, the Grade 6 students will attempt as best as they can to irrigate a sloped terrain, having to use terraforming as a means to accomplish their goals. And that…. is the week from the greener side of the fence!
Track and Field practice began last week and will continue every Wednesday 3.15-4.30pm
The BSSA Athletics meet is on Monday 4 June at Kompyang Stadium, Denpasar and we’re looking at around 35 students representing the school!
Good luck to Sonny in Gr6 who will be representing Green School at the BSSA surfing contest in Kuta this week!
Looking for Macbeth Extras
For the past month Green School has been hosting rehearsals of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, with public performances to be held at the end of May. Ibu Sarita tells us that the director is looking for several extras aged 10 and up to appear in some fight scenes. Aside from the desirability of owning a pair of combat (or combat-like) trousers, the commitment required for being in the show is as follows. Please see Ibu Sarita if interested in participating or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 19 May Rehearsal 1 PM to 4 PM
Monday 21 May 4PM to 6 PM. (If they can’t do the Saturday, the Monday is fine.)
Thursday, 24 May, Dress Rehearsal 4 PM-6 PM
Friday, 25 May afternoon matinee for students
Saturday 26 May- 6 PM call time for 7 PM show
Sunday 27 May 10 AM call time for 11.30 AM matinee
Sunday 27 May 6 PM call time for 7 PM show.
Middle School assembly speaker: The Hitcher
One of my favorite things about life in Bali, and especially at Green School, is all the interesting characters who seem to make their way through here. One of the most intriguing people we’ve met lately is a young Frenchman named Jeremy Marie. Nearly five years ago he left Normandy for an incredible adventure: he’s been hitchhiking around the world ever since! Aside from the expected conveyances (cars, trucks, motorbikes, sail boats, freighters), he’s managed to hitch rides in some more unusual modes of transport, including donkey carts and airplanes. Last week Jeremy came to share his story with students in the middle school. He reckons he still has at least 18 months of travel ahead of him before he makes it back home. On his journey, Jeremy seeks to learn as much as he can about the different cultures, and he spreads a message of tolerance, curiosity and goodwill. And while he’s found himself in a few difficult scrapes along the way, on the whole he has received warm and generous hospitality on the roads of six continents. A great story, and a great message for all of us. Here’s a link to a video about Jeremy:
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