“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Looking over this week’s happenings, I’m once again struck by what a creative group of people we have here. There is a pretty extraordinary array of activities taking place both on the campus and off, activities that are being initiated by students, parents, teachers, friends, and the wider community, but most of it centered around Green School.
As Alan prepares to leave Bali for now, I find myself reflecting on his original Three Springs document and the concept of a school-centered community (http://goo.gl/7AKZS). The journey hasn’t always been an easy one, and we haven’t yet reached our destination but I think this newsletter offers solid proof that we are well on the way.
In this issue:
1. Letter from Pak Andy
2. Green School’s Three Frame Day
3. Grade 10 Bamboo Raft Video
4. 1st annual Green School Cabaret Show
5. Gentle Reminder to Pay Outstanding Invoices
6. Middle School Play and Dance
7. Slow Food Bali event invitation
8. Parent Education and Inspiration
10. Pelan-pelan, please!
11. Reminder: Macbeth at GS next weekend
12. Dream Workshop for 6 to 11 year-olds
13. Our own weekly news
Letter from Pak Andy
Hello Green School Families!
We say goodbye to Alan Wagstaff this week after an incredible seven weeks of inspiring seminars and deep conversations about how we can provide the absolute best and most meaningful education for our children. I think I speak on behalf of the entire community when I say we are deeply grateful to Alan for all that he has shared during his initial time here at Green School. We look forward to his return in August, and we will keep in close contact with him via email and Skype throughout the next few months.
As we head into the last part of the school year and you begin think about the summer holiday (we, of course are thinking only of teaching your children!), I wanted to share some exciting news about next year. With the incredible year that we have had this year, combined with the sheer excitement and inspiration that Alan has recently brought to our community, we have an ever-expanding interest in Green School. And with this interest has come many new inquiries and enrollments which will allow us to expand in some key areas around the school.
Our enrolment numbers signify a time to expand our primary program, so we have officially decided to open up a second classroom of Grade 1 and Grade 3 (we already have two Grade 2 classes). We are already in the process of hiring new international and Indonesian teachers to fill the teaching roles for these classes. We have spent the last several months screening and interviewing candidates from around the world and we have found some excellent, highly dedicated teachers to join us in August. To house these new classes we will utilize the newly completed Turtle classroom (between HOS and the Early Years area) and we will be building a new classroom just below the current Grade 5 classroom. The new classroom is in the design process and we are set to begin building in time for completion August 1.
To accommodate our move towards the Three Frame Day (see details below), and to allow for the most flexibility possible for our Learning Specialists, we are also hiring a new part-time Primary Art Teacher as well as a Part-Time Primary PE Teacher. These new teachers, along with our existing specialist teachers, will add significant dimension and richness to both the Thematic and Practical (Experiential) Frames of the day!
Our Middle School will say goodbye to Pak Paul at the end of this year and will begin the next school year with a new Mathematics Teacher. The Middle School will also be starting the 2012/13 school year in new classrooms! The new classrooms will be built just below the Pre K Prep classroom and are set for completion August 1.
Last, but certainly not least, we will also be employing a full time Learning Support Teacher for the Middle and High School programs, an Early Years Program Coordinator/Teacher, a new ESL teacher (Dagmara will be moving on), and the school’s first School Counselor!
I plan to introduce you to all of the new hires with some short bios and photos very soon. Stay tuned!
Many of you who will have children in Grade 1, 2, and/or 3 are probably wondering how students will be placed in classes for next year. I can assure you that we have a solid process in place to balance the classes along gender lines, disposition, emotional and social well being, ability and interest levels, and special needs of the students. I will work closely with the current teachers of Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 to assure we create well-balanced classes that are set for success.
Here’s to all the great and inspiring things happening around Green School! The future looks wonderfully bright.
Green School’s Three Frame Day….. What is it?
Exciting news for those of you who have been unable to attend Alan’s informational talks and are keen to know more. The cornerstone of the Green School curriculum, the Three Frame Day, in a nutshell.
The Integral Frame
Thematic teaching challenges the students in four ways: physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually – in every lesson.This enables students to have a deeply satisfying learning experience, develop as whole people, and remain engaged with the learning process as a result. The integral themes support the students’ ever-widening interests and stages of awareness.
The Instructional Frame
These lessons target core-skills that need repetitive practice. They are underpinned by traditional subject syllabi, including: mathematics, English, music theory, and languages other than English. Co-operative learning, multi-level teaching, multiple intelligence theory, and a three day rhythm are employed in these lessons – strategies proven in promoting deep learning.
The Experiential Frame
This frame occupies an extended time-slot each day. Experiential sessions link students to real world enterprises and take advantage of learning opportunities that arise on, or off, campus, e.g. the arrival of a culture group, the installation of a power generator, the birth of livestock, etc. The lessons have three main purposes:
- to facilitate entrepreneurial, technological education,
- to promote diverse health and physical education opportunities, and
- to provide for arts and crafts education
If all those acronyms leave you feeling a bit puzzled, check out Alan’s corner, https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gziy8mumyfm85uo/iH9ekNRXob, Powerpoint presentations and documents used during the talks are available and shed some light on the future of education at Green School. http://goo.gl/LeXdO
Grade 10 Bamboo Raft Video
As reported in these pages some months ago, in Grade 10 Global Perspectives with Pak Joel, Imogen, Silas, Eddy and Alex all worked together to collect bottles and construct a raft made from recycled materials. Here’s a link to a video that shows their planning, process and the eventual launch of the raft down the Ayung river. Congratulations on yet another great example of integrated learning at Green School!
1st annual Green School Cabaret Show!!!! Friday, 1 June at 6:30 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, please mark your calendars! Green School’s first annual Cabaret show will be held on Friday, June 1st at 6:30 pm in the Mepantigan. You will not want to miss this heart-warming event! Many brave and talented students, teachers, and parents have come together to create this fast-moving, fun-loving event. Featuring The Cabaret Chorus, Clowns, Miguel the Magician, Dance-Performances, Glow-in-the-Dark Hula Hooping, a live band, and so much more, the show will run about an hour and is fun for all ages.
A special Cabaret meal will be available beginning at 5:00pm from our very own Living Food Lab. Show starts promptly at 6:30. No tickets, though we will be passing a hat to raise money for some new sound equipment for the Performing Arts Department! See you at the show!!!!
Gentle Reminder to Pay Outstanding Invoices
As we are coming to the end of the School year we would like to kindly remind everyone to please pay your outstanding invoices with our Finance department. We realize that some of the amounts are small for various charges but it all adds up for the School and it’s very important to us to collect these fees. In addition to some outstanding tuition fees there are outstanding legal, ESL, high school exam fees and others.
If you are unsure if you have an outstanding amount please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do have any questions please feel free to contact me our our Finance department directly.
Middle School Play and Dance, now both on Friday, June 15
The MS student council has voted to change the date of the dance to the 15th. This will follow the MS play put on by Sarita’s drama class. Here is the schedule:
5:30 twilight picnic dinner on field (potluck)
Slow Food Bali event invitation
Our good friends at Slow Food Bali, whose core members include several GS families, are holding some exciting events next weekend, including a Saturday workshop at Green School. Please see the invitation with details here: http://goo.gl/Gpn62
Parent Education and Inspiration
We’re down to the last two sessions of the year, including a newly added interactive presentation from Pak Satya on Holistic Health and Movement that will close out the series on 29 May. Please join us!
Tuesday, May 22, 9:00 AM in Mepantigan
Waste management issues on Bali and the efforts to change what is happening
Presenter: Olivier from Bali Recycling
Tuesday, May 29, 9:00 AM in Mepantigan
Holistic Health and Movement
Presenter: Green School’s very own Pak Satya
* A talk on Holistic Health (Psyche – Soma relations)
* Breath and movement exercises.
* Movement and silence (Inner movements).
* Sharing and summing up
We received word this week of a great new project founded by GS parents in Ubud. Details follow:
We started out with a question. If we found a way to bring all the varied talent that exists in Bali (be it creatives, freelancers, telecommuters, startups, etc) together in one amazing shared work space…what’s possible?
Let’s find out. Hubud is popping up in Ubud from 21 May-June 1, in a cafe we have commandeered for the period and are currently transforming it into an incredible, collaborative workspace. The location will be made available on our facebook page from 17 May, as will the schedule of events we are hosting with the involvement of some wicked people. We will also be hosting an installation at Tedx Ubud on 26 May 2012.
So grab your laptop/pencil crayons/etch-a-sketch and plan to spend some productive time with us over the next couple of weeks! Whatever you are working on now, or something you have meant to pick up, bring it with you. If you want more details, drop us a line at email@example.com or check out a recent article about us at the Daily Social: http://dailysocial.net/en/2012/05/15/coming-soon-to-ubud-hubud-a-community-working-space/
The Hubud Team (John Alderson, Steve Munroe and Peter Wall)
We want what you want. To find a way to thrive. To find the way from passion to project. To find our next collaborator. To find creativity, means and motion.
Hubud is a community coworking space in central Ubud. Here’s what some smart folks say about coworking spaces:
“they attempt to capture the flexibility of a home office, vibe of a café, and facilities of a traditional office and bring them together with an emphasis on collaboration and building community.”
Why this works for you
Those chance encounters that happen here? We cultivate connections.
Need to get stuff done? There’s nothing like a group of productive people to keep you focused.
Get out of the house and plug-in to the potential of Ubud’s diverse community.
We’ve got resources. Tools. A library. And most of all people.
Plus you can Skype freely.
Hubud is popping up, May 21-June 1
We’re occupying a cafe-space to offer and test the Hubud experience over two weeks. We’re mad about in-person collaboration and we’ll have resources on hand to facilitate group work. We’ll be hosting free events, from expert-led workshops to talks and films. And did we mention free H2O, tea and coffee?
We’ll share our program of sessions, events and collaborators soon. Before then you can register your interest, whichever way you like best.
Yours, Hubud team
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We continue to get daily reports of drivers entering the school area at excessive speed and with alarming regularity we see children hanging out of car windows as they come in. Please, tolong, speak with your drivers about the need to drive slowly on the entry road (and hopefully sanely everywhere else) and to maintain safe conditions inside the car. We of course want to protect our own children, but let’s also be mindful of the fact that we share the road with the local village. This is a matter of safety and respect. We’ll monitor the situation and if need be will start collecting names of drivers who continue to speed.
Thanks and terima kasih for your help with this!
Reminder: Macbeth at GS next weekend
Just a short reminder that public performances of Macbeth will take place at Green School next Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26. Details are on the poster:
Dream Workshop for 6 to 11 year-olds, 3:30 PM on Wednesday, 23 May
GS parent Blair Ripple has arranged for noted dream expert Jane Carleton to give a workshop after school on Wednesday. Please see details below. To book, please email Blair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our children are dreamers, both at night and during the day. They feel their mysterious inner worlds deeply and fully. Dreaming is play, and together with your children you can learn valuable techniques to help them get the most out of their dreams and imagination. Explore the wonderful creativity and life of dreams, without interpretation, by sharing, drawing, and perhaps playacting dreams and improvising new endings. Learn about how to chase away scary dreams, and become powerful dreamers, no matter how young you are. This workshop is for children aged 6 to 11, and it is ideal if a parent can attend, but is not mandatory.
50,000 Rp per child, No charge for parents.
Our own weekly news
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