“You teach best what you most need to learn.”
Richard David Bach
It’s going to be a summer of lonely Fridays for me without these newsletters to put together each week! As the school year draws to a close, I once again find myself astounded at the breadth and depth of activities taking place in and around the Green School community. You’ll find plenty of examples in this week’s news.
Have a great weekend!
In this issue:
1. Grade 6 Bamboo Crew Plastic Workshop
2. Grade 8’s Shanti Pockell Works to Save the Sharks
3. Spreading the GS Message in Indonesia
4. Limited supply of the Middle School-produced
5. MS Drama and Dance starting at 6:00 PM in the Turtle
6. Lost and Found
7. News from Our Bamboo Comrades in India
8. The Rectification of Names: Early Childhood Program
9. Polar Bear Song, Still Making an Impact!
10. Odyssey Institute Summer programs
11. Green Riders
12. Electric Bike Raffle for Sacred Childhoods Foundation
13. Green Camp Summer Programs
14. Our own weekly news
Grade 6 Bamboo Crew Plastic Workshop
Pak Glenn penned this report on a Grade 6 Global Awareness project integrating Green Studies, community action, and Indonesian Studies that culminated this week. Terima kasih and congratulations, Grade 6!
The Grade 6 students visited our friends at SMP 3 on Thursday to present their Plastic Workshop and welcome their students as members of the Bamboo Crew, which is focused on finding solutions to reducing our use of single-use plastic items and cleaning up the beautiful island of Bali. We started with a game on the field that showed how much litter we collected on way over and emphasized recycling. From there we migrated to a classroom for a host of activities aimed at getting the students identifying single-use plastic items and brainstorming strategies for us to reduce our use of such items. From prezis to posters to student movies, songs, and more games, we learned about the dangers plastic poses to our rivers and oceans and made commitments to take action to help remedy the situation. We also invited them to join our Bamboo Crew Facebook page to serve as a venue to help share waste management strategies. In fact, everyone’s invited to join us! To conclude the presentation, our Grade 6 students presented the SMP 3 students and teachers with a certificate for them to pledge a way in which they will reduce their use of plastic and gave them the gift of a Green School water bottle to help them in their efforts. It was a great way to end a great year of collaboration between our schools and continue on the path toward further cooperation next year. Oh, and did I mention that the Grade 6 students conducted the entire workshop in Bahasa Indonesia? Nice work!
Grade 8’s Shanti Pockell Works to Save the Sharks
Hi my name is Shanti. This year in grade 8 my class has been working on Quest project. My focus for this project is shark finning and its effects. One of the things that I have been doing for this project is working and collaborating with an NGO called PangeaSeed. What PangeaSeed does is educate and raise awareness about shark finning and the destruction of the sharks’ habitat. They do this through activism, research, art, film, and photography.
I I know that here at Green School there is a really big community of surfers divers, and people that just like to play in the ocean. So, I felt that it would be nice to create a way for people to give back to the ocean. What I have decided to do is begin PangeaSeed Green School, a club with a focus to raise awareness about issues threatening the oceans such as trash, shark finning, coral damage, etc. My goal is to form a community of ocean activists and organize events such as underwater garbage cleanups, coral restorations, education outreach to local beach communities and schools, and much more.
One of the things that drew me to working with PangeaSeed was their use of creativity and art to bring awareness to these issues. Green School is full of amazing artists and I hope that there will be enthusiasm to create videos, posters, and original art to support this cause. So, this an invitation for all ages. If you are a student, a teacher, diver, surfer, or anybody that feels like giving back to the ocean in some way please join PangeaSeed Green School.
To kick this project off I have made this video to raise awareness about shark finning.
If you are interested in Ocean clean-up days, surf and diving trips, art competitions and more, Like our facebook page and we will keep you in the loop of Ocean Issues and Activities: http://www.facebook.com/PangeaSeedGreenSchool
Please help us spread the word! Happy Oceans Day!
Spreading the GS Message in Indonesia
In our first four years, GS has played host to many groups of students and teachers from different parts of the archipelago who have been eager to learn what we are trying to do here in Bali, and we’ve had teachers and administrators who have presented at international conferences. Last month marked the first time we took the GS message on the road within Indonesia, as Ibu Suci and Pak Noan presented a workshop on “Promoting Scientific Literacy to Young Children through Nature-Based Learning Practice” at a regional conference held at Semarang State University in Java. Below, Pak Noan reports on the visit, although he modestly fails to mention the rapturous reception he and Ibu Suci received:
Getting to present some of the wonderful things we do in Green School was both an honour and a pleasure. I find myself continuously reminded of how lucky a position I have being a Green Studies teacher here, and conducting a workshop with the Pre-K Prep teacher Ibu Suci helped to emphasize that. The conference included academics and school owners from across Asia and Oceania, and I was delighted to get a chance to both share and learn at the conference. Below is the abstract I wrote to describe our workshop, along with the presentation that we used at our workshop:
Learning has always been one of the fundamental characteristics of humankind. We have been able to adapt to a wide variety of habitats, and have prospered largely because of the innovations our minds have come up with. However, through modern pedagogy learning has become more and more restricted to a single frame: that of the intellect. Following institutionalized schooling, learning moved from practical applications of ideas to a rote system which focuses entirely on knowledge acquisition. While that is very important, it neglects many other aspects of intelligence, namely our kinesthetic, emotional, and spiritual intelligences. The schools of today also inhibit curiosity and wonder by rewarding correct answers over questions, and through removing the context for learning by limiting the amount of realia involved in the learning process. However, a back to nature approach can remedy much of these problems if approached in the correct way.
Nature based learning uses the natural environment to further a student’s learning. While nature lends itself to studying science, it can in fact help develop many skills and learning quotients. It is particularly important with early learners, as the need for continuous stimulus is much greater. The students may acquire new knowledge or understanding of the world around them, but can also connect on several different levels. Their kinesthetic quotient (KQ) improves by using nature as a playground, and manipulating objects with the precise amount of force they may need. The emotional quotient (EQ) can be enhanced with increased opportunity to share and help their classmates. The spiritual quotient (SQ) is developed by building a feeling of a part of something greater than one’s self. These other learning quotients are often neglected in traditional schooling, and nature based learning provides them with an equal opportunity to be developed in school.
Nearly as important as developing a student’s multiple forms of intelligence is to foster a love of learning. Nature based learning leads to inquiry and observation, two factors which maintain focus and interest in any given topic. As young learners start to experience the natural world around them through all their senses, they become more thoughtful and aware. While conventional schools often focus if the students are giving the right answer, nature based learning is enriched by students asking the right questions. These skills are fundamental in fueling innovation and driving science. Nature based learning, therefore, is one of the most powerful tools we have in fostering scientific inquiry in young learners.
Limited supply of the Middle School-produced “Green Manual” available starting Monday, June 11th for the ridiculously low price of 120,000rp! Get One, Gift One!
Hot off the presses, Pak Matt updates us about another special end-of-year publication:
The “Green Manual” is a student driven project that aspires to educate, inspire and empower people all around the world to live a greener lifestyle. This has been a long-term, subject integrated project that the middle school kids have been working on throughout the year which is a sort of snapshot of what makes Green School so special. Inside its pages you will find 44 Full Color Pages of media by Green School middle school students, advice on “green living” straight from the student’s mouths, interesting facts about local flora and fauna, issues unique to 21st Century global citizens, and stunning artwork & poetry from the hands and minds of GS Middle Schoolers. This is a truly inspirational piece of work for which all the students and teachers of Grade 6 7 & 8 deserve a great deal of credit. A special thanks also goes out to our special team of dedicated parent volunteers (Angela Domenici, Susie Karya and Cece Wong) who have donated heaps of time, energy and passion into making the final product something to covet!
To view or purchase your very own copy please see Yani at reception starting Monday, June 11th.
Friday, June 15: MS Drama and Dance starting at 6:00 PM in the Turtle
Please join us for “Silence of the Wolves”, a Middle School original production that will be performed in the new Turtle classroom (between Heart of School and the bird aviaries).
Based on previous works in which Ibu Sarita has had a hand, I would officially say that this is a “can’t miss” event. The Middle School dance will follow in the Mepantigan. Can you say, “recycled disco ball”, anyone?
Lost and Found
Next Thursday and Friday, June 14 and 15, we will be offering you the opportunity to reclaim your chidren’s lost items that have been found here at school. From 3:00-4:30pm on both days we will have all lost and found items laid out on the lunch tables in Heart Of School. All items not claimed by 4:30pm on Friday, June 15 will be donated to the Smile Shop in Ubud (where you may purchase them!).
News from Our Bamboo Comrades in India
We occasionally seem to forget that lots of other people around the world are doing great work with bamboo. Here’s a timely reminder from some folks in India: http://goo.gl/xAoqt
The Rectification of Names: Early Childhood Program
Although the term Pre-K is fairly well recognized in various parts of the world, some of you may have wondered (as some of us have, truth be told) just what the heck “Pre-K Prep” means.
Well, as of the start of the new school year in August, we can take this off the list of things that keep us awake in bed at night! Going forward, our Pre-Kindergarten students will be known as Geckos (3 to 4 year-olds) and Starlings, (4 to 5 year-olds), respectively. More details to come….
Polar Bear Song, Still Making an Impact!
As you may already be aware, the video of Chenoa’s Polar Bear Song has now been seen by an estimated 16 kajillion people in this world (and possibly several others). We just learned that the American Humane Society is now using the video to promote its own efforts at proecting polar bear habitat:
And during an impromptu lunchtime concert today by Ranjit Arapurakal, the brand new brother-in-law of Elora Hardy (congratulations Elora and Rajiv!), the crowd was treated to the second known cover version of the song (third, if you count my morning shower routine):
Odyssey Institute Summer programs
GS parents Jamie Woodall and Ben Tamblyn are offering some great summer programs here on Bali for 12-14 year-olds through their Odyssey Institute.
You can see details on their website http://www.odysseyinstitute.com/ or on the flyer side:
Here’s the latest from environmental education legend and good friend of GS Kenny Peavy’s ambitious summer project, which we first wrote about last month:
FYI.. we have launched our online fundraising campaign with Indiegogo http://www.indiegogo.com/greenriders?a=623526
PLEASE pass on our links and be aware of our campaign! Feel fre to link us on your Facebook & websites too!
So far we have received:
US$500.. anonymous donor
US$500.. anonymous donor
US$15…. Bamboobe bicycles
US$250.. EARCOS (East Asian Regional Council of Schools)
US$1500 EEASEA (Environmental Education Alliance of South East Asia)
Undisclosed amount Pasir Ridge International School (to be determined)
We’re OVER HALF WAY to reaching our goal of US$5000 to fully fund GREEN Riders!
See our GROWING list of sponsors HERE
Electric Bike Raffle for Sacred Childhoods Foundation
On June 21, 2012 members of the Global Perspectives Grade 10 class will raffle off a 500 watt E-Go Electric Bicycle (value Rp 12,000,000). The proceeds will pay for materials to build a security wall at the Sacred Childhoods sanctuary. The project provides secure refuge and medical care for children who are rescued from around Indonesia by international crime agencies like the FBI and Interpol. These children are being trafficked for sex slavery and organ tissue harvest. Grade 10 students and all interested GS families will complete the wall build in September 2012 with help from Habitat for Humanity.
Please donate Rp 500,000 to this amazing project and have the chance to win a 500 watt electric bike! Only 100 tickets will be sold, so your chances will be good! You can also help put that money into action, by signing your family up to participate in the wall build project. Please click on the link below to sign up for the raffle. A Global Perspectives student will contact you to collect your donation and give you your raffle ticket.
Please click here to win an electric bike! – http://goo.gl/coei
Green Camp Summer Programs
Speaking of great summer options, here’s some info on what’s happening at Green Camp for kids 12 and under over the next few months. Discounts for GS families!
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