“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”
What a great first week of school! Thanks so much everyone for making everything run so smoothly. It’s our second newsletter of the year, and the second one to be sent out on time, so we’re really on a roll here. You’ll find lots of information below, from the practical to the philosophical, from the sublime to the ridiculous (not that I’m calling anything in the newsletter ridiculous!). Please have a look and have a great weekend and Galungan celebration next week. Terima kasih and thank you!
In this issue:
1.Student-centred Schooling and The Three-Frame Day
2. Alan Wagstaff speaks
3. Galungan Assembly: Monday, 27 August at 2:00 PM
4. Nuts and Bolts: Calendars, Absences, Lateness
5. 2012-2013 GS Visiting Artist Program Begins
6. Back to School Picnic, Thursday 6 September at 3:30 PM
7. Parent Ambassadors 2012-2013
8. After-school activities 3 September – 8 October
9. Soccer schedule
10. Swimming Practice Update from Pak Colin
11. Welcome new and returning Student Villagers!
12. Dance Walk Green School!
13. New Offers at the Living Food Lab: Sign Up This Week!
15. Our own weekly news
Student-centred Schooling and The Three-Frame Day
Education in the ‘compulsory schooling world’ is generally dominated by subject-centric, teacher-centric, and school-centric practices. These traditional, nineteenth century ways of organising schooling are so prevalent that they have ‘brand image’; many people accept that schools are simply ‘like that’. Educationalists, business leaders, and parents are calling for a paradigm shift,therefore, a clear distinction between subject-centric and student-centric schooling has become a necessity. More Detail
Alan Wagstaff speaks
Pak Alan continues his series of parent and community talks on Thursday afternoons in the Mepantigan. Especially if you are new to GS, this should be an interesting and enlightening way to learn about the school’s direction, but of course all families are welcome to attend!
Thursday, 30 Aug 3:30 p.m.
95% Rule – TAP and PAT
Tuesday, 4 Sept 3:30 p.m.
SLOs – Specific Learning Outcomes
Thursday, 6 Sept 2:30 p.m.
ILPs – Individual Learning Programmes
Galungan Assembly: Monday, 27 August at 2:00 PM
Please join us for a special Galungan assembly on Monday afternoon. You won’t be sent home if you show up in normal attire, but we strongly encourage you to wear appropriate Balinese ceremony dress as a sign of cultural respect.
Also, please remember that school will be closed for Galungan on Tuesday and Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday for those of you new to Bali still, this is a very special time.
Nuts and Bolts: Calendars, Absences, Lateness, etc…
We have two calendars on the website. The normal school calendar gives you the year at a glance: http://www.greenschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Green-School-Calendar-2012-2013.pdf
We’ve just re-formatted this in a way that hopefully makes sense and is easy to read– a quick glance should tell you whether or not we have a school on a certain day without getting overly specific about the details.
Our events calendar is just the opposite: very specific with lots of details about what is taking place in and around Green School on any given day! http://www.greenschool.org/calendar/
Please keep an eye on both of these resources; especially the events calendar. As much as possible we try to make sure the two calendars are aligned with each other, but it’s not foolproof yet, so please do let us know if you notice any discrepencies.
Also, if your child will not be attending school, will be late, or will have a different pick-up situation than usual, we’d like to hear about it. Please feel free to email your class teacher(s), but we also request that you send an SMS to the school phone: 0811 380 9298
Many thanks for your attention and cooperation!
2012-2013 GS Visiting Artist Program Begins
Zoe Ellenberg, an Australian artist with a long association with Bali recently spent four days at The Green School as a source of inspiration for a series of new works. This sparks the continuation of the Artist in Residence program which we initiated earlier in 2012 with Ibu Tooza Theiss from France and Ibu Alexandra from England. We hope it will continue to flourish with local, national and international artists working with us in response to the beauty of our environment and our unique school culture. Zoe presented a painting to Pak Andy as acknowledgement and appreciation for being able to utilize our studio space in the visual arts department.
Welcome back to what will be a splendid year full of creativity.
Back to School Picnic, Thursday 6 September at 3:30 PM
Finally, please join us on September 6 for our Back to School Picnic. We will begin at 3:30 with a short gathering in the Mepantigan followed by individual classroom meetings. We’ll end the afternoon with a picnic dinner on the field at 4:30. Please bring yourself a picnic dinner and join us on the field!
Parent Ambassadors 2012-2013
Thanks to the heroic efforts of GS parent Jo Guelke, we have a great team of Parent Ambassadors this year.
You should be hearing from yours early and often with news of activities, projects and other ways to get involved in the life of your child/ren’s class/es.
The first Ambassadors meeting will take place on
Early Years Team
Geckos: Vera Ilyasova
Starlings: Sarah Fernando
Kindy: Jamie Woodall
Primary School Team
Grade 1A: Keka Carolan
Grade 1B: Rachel Glitz
Grade 2A: Wendy Kassel
Grade 2B: Meredith Pasquesi
Grade 3A: Stacey Porteus
Grade 3B: Michelle Frasher
Grade 4: Maureen Gilbert
Grade 5: Lynn Parseghian
Middle School Team
Grade 6: Lisa Griffith
Grade 7: Nikki Curry & Sarah O’Shea
Grade 8: Susan Karya
High School Team
Anne Hockett, Michelle Newton, Leah Anderson & Wike Bauer
* We are also in the process of asking Kadek (our beloved school Chef) to join in with the High School team when possible… without giving her more work to do however as she’s at capacity.
After-school activities 3 September – 8 October
Noan / Graphic Design / Tuesdays, Grade 6 and up in computer lab
Shaun/Poetry Reading/Tuesdays in the Heart of School upstairs, Grade 3 and up
Garage Band/ Tuesdays in Chakra House, Grade 6 and up
Ultimate Frisbee starting early Oct: Mary, Matt & Benny/Thursday, Grade 6 and up
Computer Lab, Monday-Thursday, Grade 1 and up
Details about Garage Band for Grades 6 and up and the Balinese cultural program will be released next week (I promise!)
Wednesdays: BSSA Games for 9-14s
6-8s with Pak Eduardo(email@example.com), Ibu Michelle(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursdays: 11-14 Girls- Pak Colin(email@example.com)
BSSA Games for 7-8s
BSSA PE time: 15+Boys and Girls with Pak Colin
Here is our match schedule for Wednesday 5 September:
9-10 Boys: at BIS vs SIS(3.00) and vs Dyat A(3.30) with Pak Peter Wall
11-12 Boys: at Renon vs BIS(3.00) and vs Dyat(3.30) with Pak Chris Majors
13-14 Boys: at CCS vs AIS(3.00) with Pak Yeshi
13-14 Girls: at Renon vs Dyat A(3.30) and vs BIS A(4.00) with Pak Colin
Thursday 6 September: 7-8s at BIS(3.00) with Pak Eduardo Petta
-Bemos leave Green School at 2pm sharp, please notify the coach whether you’ll be collecting your child from the match venue or Green School afterwards. Buses arrive back at around 5-5.30pm.
-Please note that since we started a month after the other Bali schools, some teams have make up games since the round robin matches have already begun.
Good luck to all our teams!!
Swimming Practice Update from Pak Colin
Swim coaching at Green School is offered as an “After School Paid Activity” however it’s at 6.30AM before school!
We use the Soka 25m public pool 3 mins north of the East side entrance towards Mambal market. The pool is simply too crowded for swimming training after school.
This year training will be on Tuesday and Friday Mornings 6:30-7:30 AM
Who is this for?
-Students who are training for competition like the BSSA swim meet and other club events
-Students wanting to improve their fitness and general health
-Students who want to perform better in their academic subjects- See what Science says about exercise before school: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULciZ8jSgHA
-Open to mainly Grade 4-12 with reasonable swimming ability.
Cost is 100 000 IDR per session including pool entry fee. It is charged in 8 week blocks, so 1,6 Juta per block.
We start on Tuesday 4 September and new students are welcome to come for a free try out session.
Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested and have any Qs!
Welcome new and returning Student Villagers!
Here’s an update about Student Village from David Porteus along with some photos of the Villagers. Remember, these students are living far from homes and families, so if you happen to recognize one of them on campus feel free to give an especially friendly smile or hello or even a warm (yet appropriate) hug!
We have some very exciting news to announce as two superb resident parents (dorm parents) are joining us for the upcoming school year. We are so lucky to have them in our family! I would like to introduce to you, Madalena Gouveia and Scotty Ze.
Madalena comes to us by herself from Portugal and is a mother of three boys and a daughter. She holds degrees in Psychology and Teaching and has experience as an activities coordinator and art teacher using recycled materials. She brings passion for education and believes in nature preservation for our children.
Scotty is a full time resident of Bali and attended Carmel College in Australia, his native country. He has been a lead member of the Green Supercamp (a Green School program) and is a self described ‘Adventurer’. He exudes a loving nature, compassion, balance, harmony, being connected and one with nature and community.
Please welcome six new and returning Student Villagers to start this new year.
-Thi Lan Johnson from USA (New Grade 12 girl)
- Josh De La Cour (Returning Grade 11 boy)
- Achyuth Jaigopal from India (New Grade 11 boy)
- Ritvik Miglani (Returning Grade 9 boy)
- Hunter Hiscock from UK (New Grade 7 boy)
Until Aug. 28th
- Emmet Nicol Robins (Returning Grade 9 boy)
We thank you for your support and look forward to this year together.
Selamat Datang Penduduk desa Mahasiswa baru dan kembali!
Kami memiliki berita yang sangat menarik untuk mengumumkan tentang dua orang tua penduduk luar biasa (asrama orang tua) yang bergabung dengan kami untuk tahun ajaran mendatang. Kami sangat beruntung memiliki mereka dalam keluarga kami! Saya ingin memperkenalkan kepada Anda, Madalena Gouveia dan Scotty Ze.
Madalena datang kepada kami oleh dirinya dari Portugal dan merupakan ibu dari tiga anak laki-laki dan seorang putri. Dia memegang gelar di Psikologi dan Pengajaran dan memiliki pengalaman sebagai koordinator kegiatan dan guru seni dengan menggunakan bahan daur ulang. Dia membawa semangat untuk pendidikan dan percaya dalam pelestarian alam untuk anak-anak kita.
Scotty adalah penduduk tetap di Bali dan dihadiri Carmel College di Australia, negara asalnya. Ia telah menjadi anggota utama dari Green Supercamp (salah satu program Green School) dan adalah diri digambarkan ‘Adventurer’. Dia memancarkan sifat kasih, kasih sayang, keseimbangan, harmoni, yang terhubung dan satu dengan alam dan masyarakat.
Silakan menyambut enam desa Mahasiswa baru dan kembali untuk memulai tahun baru.
- Thi Lan-Johnson dari Amerika Serikat (Grade 12, baru, perempuan)
- Josh De La Cour (Kelas 11, kembali, laki-laki)
- Achyuth Jaigopal dari India (Kelas 11, baru, laki-laki)
- Ritvik Miglani (Kelas 9, kembali, laki-laki)
- Hunter Hiscock dari Inggris (Kelas 7, baru, laki-laki)
Sampai tanggal 28 Agustus
- Emmet Nicol Robins (Kelas 9, kembali, laki-laki)
Kami berterima kasih atas dukungan Anda dan berharap untuk tahun ini bersama-sama.
Dance Walk Green School!
The international craze of Dance Walking made it to Bali last April and soon had a devoted coterie of followers amog the Green School parent community. Here’s a link to a video clip that has about 8 million hits on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaYA_CupFg8
It’s back again this term; please see detailed below:
Dance Walk is a unique way to move your body, connect to others, be in nature, listen to music and have fun.
When: Wednesday mornings at 8:30 am SHARP at the Living Food Lab
What to Have: Your personal musical listening devise (ipod, mp3 player, iPhone), headphones and your own playlist.
What Not To Have: Leave your purse/bags in your car or at the Security Desk.
Wear: Comfortable clothing (you sweat) and something to protect you from the sun or rain (we dance in it all)
How: We head off campus as a group but each person has their own music.You boogie as we walk slowly through surrounding villages and jungles.
For more information contact:
email@example.com or join us on Facebook at Ubud Dancewalk for playlists and more info on dance walking in Ubud.
New Offers at the Living Food Lab: Sign Up This Week!
Hope everyone had a great summer and is as excited as we are for the new school year. We met lots of new families and welcomed back many familiar faces at the orientation…great job by the organizing committee!
The Living Food Lab is happy to announce that our “Choose your own Adventure Bar” will be operating from Tuesday.
For lunch: start with a base of organic greens from the Green School Garden and choose your own adventure through a huge variety of toppings and homemade dressings to create a meal sized salad that is perfectly crafted just for you!
As I’m fond of saying, very few boring people seem to move to Bali, and if they do, chances are they don’t send their children to Green School! Among the least boring people I know anywhere in the world is GS parent (Lochlan, Grade 3 and Seth, Grade 1) and board advisor Renee Martyna. Here’s some information on an organization she has started…
Curating a Culture Between Worlds.
Did you know that single conversation can change the course of a career, a relationship… or even your very self?
Every year a number people move to Bali wanting to learn, grow and transition to a new way of life. If you are one of these people, the ‘change’ you seek may be a new career, a new family life, or just a new way of being in the world…. but just how often do you make the time and space to have the conversations that explore this kind of transformation? Are you willing to ask big questions of yourself, and hear powerful feedback from your peers? Do you have the skills and support to negotiate the challenges this kind of change represents?
If you enjoy engaging conversation,
crave a supportive, confidential community,
and relish the opportunity to explore your own higher consciousness…
Welcome to Knowmadsland!
We are a group of ‘Knowmads’ – people who live and work transnationally because we wish to know the world, and ourselves, better. We meet weekly to ask powerful questions and share creative solutions to the challenge of creating a world that reflects our highest potential.
So if you want more honesty, wisdom, or bright ideas in your life—and the tools to act on your insights— please join us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 081 337 00 66 81 to get more information on our meeting times and locations.
“… because what you say, how you say it, and who you say it to can make all the difference. “
~ Susan Scott, author of Fierce Conversations
Our own weekly news
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