“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”
John Cotton Dana
We’re a few days late getting out the penultimate newsletter of the 2011-2012 school year. Apologies, and I blame the delay mostly on a bizarre coconut-opening incident!
From the Hoodoo Gypsy Carnival to last Friday’s hilarious Middle School play, this term has been marked by a series of highlights. I hope you all can join us for the exclamation point at our Friday morning farewell assembly, featuring musical performances up and down the grade levels (and perhaps even beyond?).
You’ll also find an end of year letter from Pak Alan and a note from Pak Andy thanking the many parents who have generously volunteered this year as well as an introduction to next year’s new staff. And Dr. Ating bids a poignant farewell. Selamat jalan dan semoga sukses, Pak Dokter. We look forward to seeing you back here soon!
As always, there is more… much more. Enjoy, and I look forward to seeing you on Friday.
Have a great weekend!
In this issue:
1. Letter from Pak Alan: The End of 2011-2012 Academic Year
2. Letter from Pak Andy: Volunteers Make the World, and Green School, Go Round!
3. End of Year Assembly: Friday, 22 June 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
4. Farewell, My Green School Children from Dr. Ating
5. Final Library Message from Ibu Meidy
6. Football(Soccer) Season 2012 Update from Pak Colin
7. Links That Make Us Think
8. Slow Food Bali Event, June 29th
9. Our own weekly news
Letter from Pak Alan: The End of 2011-2012 Academic Year
I’m writing from my desk in Hamilton, New Zealand. My wife, Ruth, just brought in, from the garden, a bowl of ice – water we had left out for the birds. It was minus 2ºC during the night!
Many of you, perhaps, don’t realise that I am still fully employed by Green School in the times when I am away from the campus. So far, I’ve been updating the Three-frame Day (3FD) Curriculum, compiling a new Early Years Curriculum, editing and organising the resources for the new thematic lessons, and planning my inputs for the preparation festival scheduled for August.
Reflecting on my first seven weeks at Green School, I am struck by how close to the original vision that I dreamed up with John and Cynthia Hardy the actual ethos of Green School has become: it is truly like a village – a village full, not only of education entrepreneurship and excellence, but buzzing with the energy of a remarkable set of parents, teachers, administrators, landscapers, coffee baristas, raw food specialists, cooks, gardeners, child-minders, security guards, welcoming attendants, cleaners, IT teamsters, young people, and children. Every day I was there someone approached me and engaged in stimulating and thought-provoking conversation. Everyone is vitally interested in the potential for great schooling and where this Green School mission could be heading.
As for the teachers: this group is surely the most inspired, courageous, and talented I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Of course, they have had to come to terms with me, a newby, and my way of working. Strong bonds have already been forged. I have proceeded by offering learning, not by issuing edicts – and by hoping for much. My aim is to stimulate a ‘learning ethos’; that is, a place where everyone is engaged as a learner and as a disseminator of learning – a place where learning is the hot topic on everyone’s lips; where teachers involved in researching new and better pedagogies are prized as the true ‘Gold in the Green’. It is astonishing how far we have moved towards this goal in seven short weeks.
I am grateful for the willingness of the teachers to look at new approaches and ideas and for the enthusiastic support of so many parents. I mention here, my new and very able assistant Sherri Dean: she welcomes your approaches with any requests you might have for me to consider – including the provision of courses for parents and friends.
I look forward to working with you all again at the beginning of August. In the meantime, I’m stocking up on cold.
Letter from Pak Andy: Volunteers Make the World, and Green School, Go Round!
Dear Green School Community,
As the year winds down and we have a chance to reflect on all of the amazing things that have happened this year it becomes so clear just how important our community members really are, especially those of you who have given countless hours volunteering this year. There have been grand contributions of time, like the production of the incredible yearbook and the creation of the the Bamboo Post (thanks Mike and Cece!), to smaller, but equally as important, contributions made by those of you who volunteered to help out around school, in the classroom, and on class trips. Special thanks goes out to all the Class Ambassadors who have given many hours of time organizing classroom events, and to all of you who have served on various committees. The bottom line is that Green School, or any school for that matter, cannot be successful without the generous contribution of time and love that volunteers bring to the school. To all of you in our community that have selflessly given your time this year to help us, we thank you from the bottoms of our hearts! We are a better, happier, more successful school because of you!
Speaking of more successful, as we continue to grow into our fifth year of operation, we’ll have a number of new teachers staff joining us from different corners of the world. We received hundreds of applications and interviewed many candidates before making our selections. Below, you’ll see brief bios of this talented, committed, and creative group of educators. And as you’ll notice, several of these positions are new for GS, another reflection of growth and progress.
All the best for a great last week of a great term!
Lorenz Marti, Middle School Math
Lorenz comes from San Francisco, California. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Environmental Studies and a postgraduate teaching credential. In addition to teaching math in California for over ten years, Lorenz comes to Bali via the Caribbean teaching at an international school in Curacao. Lorenz deeply believes that a math curriculum requires a balance of essential skills and connections to the real world. He looks forward to contributing to an engaging and evolving math curriculum with goals of blending computational, reasoning, and applied skills. Lorenz moves here with wife Stephanie (GS Counselor), and two kids Emma and Finn (GS grades four and one, respectively). Lorenz and family love the ocean and on weekends expect to find the Marti’s on an adventure with snorkels, masks, boards, and plenty of snacks in tow.
Stephanie Marti – School Counselor
Stephanie has provided mental health services for 12 years including two years at the International School of Curacao. She approaches her clients with a strength-based, multi-systemic and social ecological orientation, empowering the process and achievement of healthy solutions, personal growth, and social responsibility. She has a passion for Wilderness Therapy and the restorative, healing effects of adventure-based experiences in the outdoors. Stephanie holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology specializing in family and children therapy. Stephanie is excited to work among a dynamic and inspiring staff and be an active participant in the vision of Green School. She welcomes a multicultural experience, learning with others, and the building relations with students and families.Stephanie is a mother of two elementary aged children and is thrilled to provide them with a second international opportunity that encourages an enriching character experience, cultural and global awareness and respect for the environment. She values creative play and adventure with her family. She also enjoys kayaking, backpacking, yoga, scuba diving, skiing, playing guitar, learning, traveling, and laughing.
Iris Ngyuyen, Primary Teacher
Iris is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. She’s been all over since then – to California for college, to Wyoming in the summer, and to Argentina to study abroad. She majored in Political Science at Pepperdine University (California) and originally had planned to work in education policy. However, after coordinating youth programming for public housing residents in New York City, she realized she wanted to work directly with children and applied to Teach for America. Through TFA, she has been teaching the past three years in Honolulu. It has been a truly rewarding experience. She looking forward to her next adventure in Bali at Green School! When she has a free moments she loves to read (Michael Pollan is her favorite), go for runs, and cook.
Stacey Allen, Primary Art Teacher
Stacey’s passion for art, travel and diverse cultures has led her to many exciting places, most recently to the three ‘I’s: Italy, India and Indonesia so she is very excited to be joining the Green School community.
She is currently working at the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre in Sydney where she has been creating digital resources for students and teachers, but has spent many years in galleries such as the Art Gallery of NSW, Regional Galleries in NSW, the inaugural Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UK and Sculpture by the Sea. She has taught in several schools and am looking forward to being back working directly with students responding to our world, researching, experimenting, manipulating media and creating.
Kate Dubensky, ESL
Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Kate has been teaching English to second language learners of all ages and levels for more than ten years. From Montessori Kindergarten in Taiwan to business professionals in South Korea and, most recently, grade 5 at a progressive international school in Egypt, these experiences have fuelled Kate’s enthusiasm for cross cultural and cross lingual teaching and learning. Between international teaching positions, Kate studied at the University of Victoria, Canada, and holds a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Political Science, with a specialization in International Relations Theory. She also holds a TESOL teaching certificate. Inspired by the vision of Green School and the dedication of its community, Kate is thrilled to come to Bali this year. She is excited to contribute towards the development of an ESL program at Green School that will empower all students to direct their learning and reach their goals. Kate also loves yoga, reading, vegetables and being outside.
Kristen Marten, Primary Teacher
Kristen grew up on the shores, winds and waves of Canada’s great lakes and rivers. She spent her early years digging a subterranean passage to China (but didn’t quite make it), paddling to islands for treasure, and sailing drowning bugs to the safety of shore. Her adventurous, caring, and hopeful spirit prevails. She has lived in many far-away places and has a background in wilderness therapy and adventure programming. She comes to Green School from Canada’s remote North where she has been teaching on a Native reserve. Kristen delights in the splendor of the natural world, the greatness of simple gestures, and the accomplishments of creative people. She is thrilled to be joining a community that nurtures these delights and practices education outside the walls of convention.
Kriss Rita, Learning Support Grade 6-12
Kriss will be moving to Bali from Portland, Oregon where she has worked in special education for eight years with the Centennial School District. The focus of her work has been in learning support and transition services with students ages 14-21. She helped to create and expand the transition programs for the school district eventually opening and coordinating two school programs. Both schools continue to thrive and serve a variety of students, families, and the community. She has been working with children in a variety of educational roles since 1996 in Pennsylvania, Montana, and Oregon. When not working Kriss spends most of her time in the outdoors kayaking, hiking, and cycling. Her other passion is international travel including trips to Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Mexico, and now creating a home in Bali!
Paul Eperjesi (Yeshi), Primary PE Teacher
At the age of 20, Yeshi started his physical education career teaching in primary and secondary schools in country Queensland, Australia. Travelling to Alberta, Canada, he completed a Bachelor of Physical Education and represented the University in Fencing. While involved in many sports, Yeshi has a particular interest in Dance and physical disciplines such as Yoga and Tai Chi. He completed a Masters in Education at the University of Western Sydney in 2010 with research design into Environmental Attitudes in Teenagers.
Yeshi believes strongly in the importance of free play in childhood, particularly in the outdoors.
For the past five years he has been working with small independent, human centered schools in the Blue Mountains. He is looking forward to contributing to the primary classes at the Green School.
Lucy Briggs, Early Years Coordinator/Teacher
Lucy is an educator and singer songwriter. Both of these passions have taken her around the world. Born in Devon, England, Lucy moved to New Zealand when she was a teenager where she later trained as a teacher. She has many years of teaching experience across all primary year groups in New Zealand, France, England and Australia. Lucy is a keen advocate of continued lifelong learning. A few years ago she went back to University in London as a fulltime student and wrote a dissertation on using music to develop language acquisition in bilingual children. Lucy believes in child centred learning that educates the whole child, valuing their individualism and teaching them to be creative thinkers. Her heart is in the Early Years and she worked as an Early Years Advisory teacher (birth to 5 years) in central London, creating and delivering professional development programs, speaking at conferences and mentoring. Lucy was also the lead Early Years Advisor for outdoor play and music. Lucy’s instrument is her voice and she has performed professionally all over the world including Dubai, Oman, Ethiopia, Canada, England, New Zealand and Australia. Lucy writes, records and performs with her husband who is also an international performer. She loves travel, culture, learning crafts (her most recent obsession is felting!) and living a conscious, compassionate, healthy, peaceful and joyous life. Lucy is the mother of a wonderful 3 year old boy called Asher. She feels extremely honoured to be joining the Green School with her family.
End of Year Assembly: Friday, 22 June 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
The end of the year is upon us! All GS families and friends are invited to join us Friday for a farewell assembly featuring the musical performances listed below, as well as what are sure to be a number of very special Green School moments. Hope to see you all here…
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” “Water Rap”
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!
Farewell, My Green School Children from Dr. Ating
Being with the children and community of Green School for three years is one of the sweet episodes of my life. Hosting the children at my little cabin—for sickness or just for eating their snack during the recess or even only for saying “hi” to me—is quite an enjoyment. Seeing them off in better condition back to their classrooms after staying for a while at the clinic is a beautiful view. However, the animals and people of dwindling tropical rainforests keep calling me and bring back the memory of their beauty and wonder.
I decided to run a conservation project in Sulawesi and some friends have helped me to raise fund. During the Earth Day celebration, people donated money, by giving cash or buying t-shirt, to Dr. Ating Foundation (www.dratingfoundation.com). The amount was Rp 1,200,000 net. Previously the students of grade 1 and grade 2B—through bake sales and direct
solicitation (apology requested if they were too enthusiastic in doing this to you)—collected Rp
On Saturday, 21 April 2012, Kaila Slavin from grade 2B, the Principal’s daughter, donated all of her birthday presents as amount of Rp 570,000. She became one of the most generous donors of the foundation together with Owen Husband-Meyer from grade 2B and Ibu Mairead (Mom of Ruairi from Kindy and Tiarnan from 2A). For months secretly Owen saved money from his parents and the others by not buying snacks and other things he likes. And he collected Rp 675,000 and donated all to my foundation on June 19.
It is impossible for me to tell how much Pak Jerry of grade 1 has helped me with fundraising because he motivated first graders to help me on fundraising and relocated a number of red banknotes from his wallets into the donation jar secretly and gave me good ideas and encouragement. On May 04, by selling popcorn and T-shirts after school, grade 1 collected Rp 1,100,000. On June 11, grade 2A and 2B donated Rp 724,200 collected from the Arcade; June 15 from PopcornPalooza, T-shirt sales, and cash donation Rp 1,035,000. The total donation up to June 19 is Rp 10,404,200.
Special thanks to Pak Jerry and Ibu Sara who started this fundraising, and to Nicole Curry—Mom of Arlo, Zeb, and Silas—who wrote an article about his project in the Ember magazine (http://issuu.com/ember-magazine/docs/ember_issue1_issuu) published in Australia, and to Gabriela Bonin—Mom of Myrah, Aileen and Anais—who has donated a bed net and many toys for the forest children and will leave her medical supply to me.
Even with so much help from those people, the available money is not enough to start project this August. I felt very anxious. Luckily, Kimberly and Michael Harrison—parents of Calais and Cole—rescue me in time. They offer me to fund the project next year. However, I am still able to go back to the jungle
this August, but in Papua, where I had spent more than ten years. I will help them carry out an almost similar project as my Sulawesi project for the tribal peoples around the site of Michael’s project. I am revisiting my old home while keeping the donated money for Sulawesi people and wildlife for next year.
Final Library Message from Ibu Meidy
Please everyone, remember to bring all library books in by the end of the school year.
Thanks to all of you who have donated books over the year, and if anyone else has books they no longer need we would love to have them. Wishing everyone a great holiday! Terima kasih and thank you very much!
Football (Soccer) Season 2012 Update from Pak Colin:
As Green School begins the new school year quite some time after the other Bali schools do, we’re going to run football(soccer) training in the week before school begins.
The aim to get our teams sorted and get some practice in before our first round of BSSA matches on Wednesday 5 September.
This is open to existing and new students wanting to represent Green School in the BSSA football league
Dates are as follows:
August 14: 6-8 yr + 9/10 yrs
August 15: 11/12 and 13/14 Boys
August 16: 11/12 and 13/14 Girls
Time is 2pm-3:30pm
The 15/O Boys and Girls tournament is 27 September and training will commence during the first week of High School BSSA time.
Practice days once the school term starts: 3.15-4.30pm
15/O Boys and Girls- HS BSSA time
9/10 Boys- Mondays
9/10 Girls- Mondays
11/12 Boys- Tuesdays
13/14 Boys- Tuesdays
6-8 Mixed- Wednesdays
11/12 Girls- Thursdays
13/14 Girls- Thursdays
Links That Make Us Think
GS parent Samantha von Bismarck sent us the following note, with a few links:
We went to Flores and met a remarkable man. He organizes, teaches, mentors and inspires the people of Labuan Bajo with his recycling initiatives. See the web site:
We met him and saw what he does. After living in Bali where I sometimes feel like I’m swimming in garbage, this was a breath of fresh air! The plastic bank works wonders. The town is clean, the water in the harbour is completely transparent. Ok there are only 12,000 people, but 12,000 people in a developing country usually leave a mark. Anyway we were impressed and wanted to pass it on.
Slow Food Bali Event, June 29th
Our friends at Slow Food Bali are hosting a great event at the end of this month. Please see the link below for details: http://goo.gl/NI5Hh
In addition, our friends at IDEP are hosting some really interesting permaculture workshops this summer.
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