“Education is all a matter of building bridges.”
We’re burning the midnight oil to get this newsletter out after a fun and inspiring Friday evening Cabaret performance. Congratulations to all the students, parents and teachers who made it such a success, especially Ibu Sarita!
With only three weeks left in the term, it looks like we are going out with a bang and not a whimper. There is lots going on this week, both inside and outside the Green School community.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the newsletter!
In this issue:
1. Update from Pak Alan on Experiential Education
2. Grade 8 Tamblang Springs Field Trip
3. Grade 2 Up-Cycle Arcade Opens Next Week!
4. End of Year Music Shebang! Friday, 22 June, 10:30 AM-12:00 Noon
5. Grade 11 End of Time Party Performance in Ubud
6. Sessions with Sumadi
7. Kindergarten SOS Bake Sale: Friday, 8 June after Assembly
8. Ultimate Bamboo Post goes online
9. Help grade 11 collect donations for Sacred Childhoods
10. Save the Date for August Orientation Events!
11. Summer travel ahead?…Don’t forget to sort out your visa!
12. Compost Toilet Workshop
13. Last Community Fun Day Till Break! Everyone Is Invited!!
14. Mass Meditation on Sunday, June 10 in Petitenget
15. Our own weekly news
Update from Pak Alan on Experiential Education
Last week’s newsletter was the first one in ages without a single reference to Alan Wagstaff! Although Alan isn’t currently here in person, this week he sent us an update on experiential learning within the Three-Frame Day:
We are making strong progress towards actualising the Three-Frame Day (3FD); curriculum updates and resources are building rapidly – more are added daily. This is an exciting change process as Green School moves closer to the educational vision that launched the whole story. In this short piece I want to draw attention to the 3FD’s ‘poor cousin’: the experiential frame.
The Experiential Frame
Experiential education takes place under five subject headings, one per day, on a daily basis. It’s easy to assume that the practical lessons, which make up the experiential frame: ‘Environmental Education’, ‘Physical Education’, ‘Visual Arts Education’, ‘Performance Arts Education’, and ‘Enterprise Education’ might be the easiest part of the 3FD to implement – but they need particular features to situate them firmly – and these features need very careful attention and preparation.
FAST is the acronym that represents the distinctive qualities of theses lessons. ‘F’ = ‘flexible’, ‘A’ = ‘authentic’, ‘S’ = sustainable, and ‘T’ = ‘timed.
means that teachers, operating in the experiential frame – working cooperatively, need to seize live opportunities as they arise. For example, at rice harvest time, the Green Studies team might commandeer all five practical lessons inside a week to enable several classes to take part, deeply, in the activity. When this occurs, other teachers who are ‘freed up’ become assistants to the extended work of the Green Team. Of course, all five practical subjects are given the same privilege over the course of a year.
means that teachers will access adults in the ‘working world’ so that students can learn from the ‘barefoot wisdom’ of skilled workers. In the Early Years Programme ‘technicians’ will be brought into the classroom to show children their work in order to inspire them. Later on, in the Primary Years, students will visit workplaces in the community; in the Middle School these visits will become extended and in-depth investigations and skill acquisition will occur. The school needs to build an extensive directory of workplaces and work-people willing to help us in this. Parents and friends can help enormously to build this database.
The projects, materials, and workplaces involved will need to pass scrutiny as ‘sustainable practice’ to accord with the school’s main mission statement.
Projects in the experiential frame need a timeline and completion date. School projects sometimes stretch into the indeterminate future – in the working world timing issues and completion dates are important. Our ‘practical lessons’ need to reflect this.
All of the above leads me to make special mention of Enterprise Education (EE). Although Nikki has pioneered excellent work in this area, for much of the school this is a new practical subject. In fact, a detailed list of EE projects for Grades 1 through 8 is now available here: alan-corner.greenschool.org. EE is the quintessential practical lesson subject; the very structure of the projects it lists causes the essential features needed for ALL practical lessons to spring into life. For this reason, I urge teachers and parents to delve into the EE syllabus; let’s start building the database and collecting the resources needed to make EE live in all the primary and middle school classes.
Grade 8 Tamblang Springs Field Trip
On Tuesday, May 22nd the Grade 8 students went on a field trip to explore a project just outside Munduk in North Bali. The project is a sample of land use that helps to conserve the hydrology of the area by maintaining a large percentage of forest cover, but also provides farmers with a means to survive. The students toured the multiple use land management model, and subsequently were asked to make videos showing their experience. Here are two of the group’s videos:
Grade 2 Up-Cycle Arcade Opens Next Week!
Come One, Come All! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to play the most awesome arcade Bali has ever known!
Recently Grade 2 was shown “Caine’s Arcade”, a Youtube video that went viral a few months ago about a 3rd grade boy who built an entire arcade out of cardboard boxes over his summer break. At the time this tremendously inspirational video came to our attention we happened to be right in the middle of our unit on the 3 R’s (Reducing, Reducing, Recycling, of course), so as soon as the kids saw this video they knew what had to happen: Build their own up-cycle arcade! We are very proud to open up our fantastic arcade (these games are seriously fun for all ages!) to the Green School community next week beginning at lunch recess on Wed, Thurs & Fri (6th-8th). Make sure to bring a donation to play (all profits will go towards the Dr. Ating Foundation and the Begawan Foundation). A 5,000 rp donation gets you a “5 play fun pass”, 10,000 rp donation will get you an “11 play fun pass”, and for only 20,000 rp you receive an “unlimited fun pass”! In the spirit of not turning anyone away, those who simply cannot spare a 5,000 rp donation can still visit the arcade and receive a 1-time, 1-play fun pass for free. We will also be opening up our arcade for one final “grand finale” on Friday 8th after school from 3:30 – 4:00ish for all to play.
Suggested To Do List:
1) Get seriously inspired by watching Caine’s Arcade Youtube video:
2) Stop by Grade 2A classroom’s yurt each lunch recess starting Wed June 6th –> Fri June 8th, donate and play!
3) Help us raise money for a great cause by joining us for our grand finale Friday June 8th from 3:30 – 4:00 for your last chance to play!
End of Year Music Shebang! Friday, 22 June, 10:30 AM-12:00 Noon
Please come to our “End of Year Music Shebang” on the last day of school, Friday the 22nd of June, from 10:30 – 12noon. All music, marimba, djembe drumming and garage band students will be performing and everyone is welcome to have a dance at the end with “Kijani”, our amazing marimba band. School finishes after the concert.
Here is the program:
1. “Sing a Rainbow” Pre-K Prep, Pre-K and Kindi (please send children in rainbow coloured clothes)
2. “My Dog Rags” Pre-K Prep, Pre-K and Kindi
3. “Pots and Pans” Gr1 2A 2B (If you have aprons or chef hats they would make great costumes)
4. “The All in One Tune” Gr5 & 6/7/8 Introduction to Marimba Class
5. Grade 3′s “Boom Snap Clap” Dance or “The Middle”
6. “Ipharadisi” Gr4 & 5
7. 6/7/8 Marimba “Amaxoxo + Rainforest”
8. 6/7/8 Djembe Drumming
9. Gr9/10 Compositions – 2 Songs
10. HS Garage Band – “Bring Me To Life”
11. Kijani – 2 Songs
It’s going to be a blast! Hope you can all make it!
Grade 11 End of Time Party Performance in Ubud, Saturday, 2 June
For anyone who missed last month’s powerful and moving Grade 11 performance at GS, here’s another chance to catch excerpts from the show this weekend in Ubud. Please see details below:
Sessions with Sumadi
We were pleased to learn that following the success of Sumadi’s Education and Inspiration session on medicinal plants, a group of parents was inspired to arrange for some follow-up meetings. They continue this coming Wednesday, June 6, with details below:
Please join us for the third in a Series of Sessions with Sumadi this Wednesday afternoon. Each session is independent so no need to have been to the first two to join the third. The first two sessions were great fun, interesting and enlightening. Ibu Su has a wealth of knowledge and her enthusiasm for plants and their medicinal properties is infectious.
We will be following the Green School principle, “learn by doing”, as Ibu Su leads us in a hands-on exploration of garden herbs and their uses. Each participant will have a chance to try their hand at selecting and using various plants to make medicinal pastes, traditional jamu and even treatments to promote healthy skin/hair.
Date:Wednesday June 6
Place:Meet at Green Warung
Focus:Sumadi will chose a few (5) herbs to focus on. We will find them in the gardens and proceed to the Green Camp kitchen to learn and practice how to use them medicinally and topically.
Fee:Suggested contribution is Rp 150,000 per session per person with maximum of 12 people (first come, first served)
Please RSVP to Amy Cardamone: email@example.com
Kindergarten SOS Bake Sale: Friday, 8 June after Assembly
Is there anything cuter than kindergarten kids selling yummy baked treats? How about when the proceeds go towards helping to protect the Sumatran Orangutan? Please join us for next Friday’s Global Water Day Assembly (led by Pak Noan) and enjoy a Kindy Bake Sale following.
Ultimate Bamboo Post goes online
It seems that the global trend in print media towards digital migration has reached our fair campus. The Ultimate Bamboo Post can now be found online at the following link:
Help grade 11 collect donations for Sacred Childhoods
On Friday, June 8th, grade 11 will be collecting donations for the Sacred Childhood Foundation. A beautiful Sanctuary is currently being built for Balinese children who have been faced with extremely unfortunate conditions. This Sanctuary will provide the opportunity for the children to build their future in safe hands. As the children arrive we want the Green School community to warm their living conditions & their backs
in the most comforting way.
Donations can include any of the following: Furniture, Toys, Clothes, Kitchen equipment, bedroom-bathroom-laundry materials, & school supplies.
FEEL FREE TO BRING IN DONATIONS BEFORE JUNE 8th, they can be stored in Ibu Brynn’s classroom.
Please help grade 11 and donate any used or new goods to help make the dreams of these children come true.
Also, make yourself familiar with the great work of this amazing NGO on the island: http://www.sacredchildhoods.org/
Please contact Ibu Brynn for any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date for August Orientation Events!
If seeing June 1 on my calendar today wasn’t enough to remind me the the school year is drawing to a close, the following message from the Compass Club’s Michelle Frasher-Slavin really brought it home:
August 16th Orientation/Meet your teacher and visit your classroom day!
This will start at 10 and go until 4, although returning families don’t need to arrive until 12. We will have a fun filled orientation day for new and old families to Green School. This will be a day for us all to get reacquainted and get to know new families after our fun filled summer break. It would be nice to have as many seasoned Green School families there to make everyone feel welcome. This will also give all children a chance to meet their new teachers and visit their new classrooms.
August 18th Beach Day Double 6 Seminyak
This is open to all Green School families and friends meet at the beach with boogie boards, frisbees, soccer balls, and just yourselves for a full day or make it a weekend in Seminyak. You don’t want to miss out on this, we always have a blast.
So folks save these dates, and keep an eye out for more fun weekends planned by Maureen and Michelle from the Compass Club of Green School!
Summer travel ahead?…Don’t forget to sort out your visa!
And speaking of summer…
As the summer break draws nearer and travel plans come into the picture, the Green School Legal team would like to remind all returning families to check and recheck their visas for expiry dates. If you already have your visas processed through Green School and they are reaching their expiry date, you have likely already received notice to bring in your passports to the Legal team. If your visa was processed elsewhere, here is what you need to do:
1. For Visit visa holders, check your passports and confirm that your visa is still valid as of your date of departure from Indonesia.
2. For Kitas visa holders, check your passports and confirm that your re-entry permit is still valid upon your intended return date to Indonesia. If you do not yet hold an exit permit, Green School Legal team can help you to obtain one.
If you are not presently using Green School Legal team for visa, here are a few great reasons to make the switch:
- Pick-up service offered
- Competitive pricing
- Reliability and friendly service
- Stability of being associated with Green School, and knowledge of Green School family needs
- Ongoing follow-up service: we worry about your expiry dates so you don’t have to!
- Easy to contact via email or phone
- Urgent processing in emergency situations
Any questions concerning visa processing services can be emailed to Ibu Putu Eka, Legal team Manager: email@example.com
Compost Toilet Workshop
Keeping in the same vein, if the thought of two months of indoor plumbing is too much to bear, our good friends at Tri Hita Kirana are holding a late June workshop on building your very own compost toilet. You’ll never have to flush again!
LAST COMMUNITY FUN DAY TILL BREAK! EVERYONE IS INVITED!!
Ibu Andi from the Student Village is organizing an end of year trip to Waterbom!
Waterbom June 17th, Sunday
Be there at 830 to go in with the group… we go through the group sales entrance.
12 and over Rp 178,000
11 and under Rp 125,000
except 2 and under free
THATS IT, NO LIST, NO PREPAY, NO NEED SHOWING KITAS OR STUDENT ID, JUST SHOW UP AT 830 FOR OUR SPECIAL RATE.
Let’s end this wonderful year with a SPLASH!!!
U.G.L.E. Benefit for Ubud Recycling Bins, June 15
Sherri Dean, AKA the Woman from U.G.L.E., passed along news of this upcoming event:
Dear Eco-conscious friends in Ubud,
Does the sight of mounds of plastic and other trash make you crazy? U.G.L.E. (Ubud Gang who Love the Environment) is working with Bali Recycling to place recycling bins at several locations around Ubud which will include frequent collections to be processed in a sustainable and legal manner. To fund these locations, we are asking for your help!
Please join with U.G.L.E. for “Food, Film and Fun(d).
Friday June 15
5:30 Buffet dinner at Taksu Spa and Restaurant
film “Wasteland” www.wastelandmovie.com
Door prizes and raffles
Donation: rp 250,000
raffle ticket only 50,000
Wasteland is an Oscar nominated film documenting the lives of trash pickers in Rio de Janeiro and how one artist helped transform their lives. This is an amazing and uplifting must-see film!
Only 40 seats are available but if you can’t make it, please consider buying a raffle ticket for great prizes including an eco-cycling tour for 2 from Bali Eco Cycling and much more.
Thanks from the Ubud Gang who Love the Environment
and please “join” us on Facebook!
Please rsvp or send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mass Meditation on Sunday, June 10 in Petitenget
GS parents Leah and Ron Anderson (Zephyr, Kindy), are helping to organize this great sounding event next weekend. Get your OM on at the beach!
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