“The willingness to learn new skills is very high”
I hope everyone enjoyed the Galungan festivities and is now gearing up for Kuningan. We’re in full swing here and offer below one of our most action-packed newsletters ever! Please pay special attention to the list of after-school programs commencing next week– the list is growing by the day– and we are very excited for the soft opening of our beautiful new yoga studio. And please save the afternoon of Thursday, September 6, for our Back to School picnic and a chance to meet your child(ren)’s teachers and hear more about what’s in store for the term.
Especially for those of you new to GS, please note that I am always happy to promote local events and help spread the word about businesses, workshops, etc., that Green School families are involved in. If you have anything to include, you’ll ideally get it to me by the end of Thursday. Please feel free!
Thanks so much, terima kasih, and have a great weekend!
In this issue:
1.The Thematic Lesson: an Example
2. Alan Wagstaff speaks
3. Thursday, September 6, 3:30- 6:00 PM: Back to School Picnic!
4. Soft Opening of Green School Yoga Studio next week!
5. Help Us Bring an Incredible Motivational Speaker to GS!
6. Dynamic Duties: After lunch activity schedule
7. Lost and Found at GS
8. Global Knowmads
9. Friday night Betelnut Concert
10. September 1/2 Classical Guitar Concerts: Ray Sandoval
11. Upgraded Emergency Medical Care In Ubud
12. Yellow Coco Mask Design Workshops
13. Our own weekly news
The Thematic Lesson: an Example
Parents often ask what a daily Thematic Lesson (TL) plan looks like in detail; in particular many wonder how the ‘Big Four’ weave through the learning sequence. What follows is an exemplar daily plan, written for a Grade 7 Astronomy unit. The TL is allocated about 1 hour 45 minutes per day and lasts for about 20 consecutive teaching days. click link to read more http://goo.gl/bxIf8
Alan Wagstaff speaks
Pak Alan continues his series of parent and community talks 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!
Tuesday, 4 Sept 3:30 p.m.
SLOs – Specific Learning Outcomes
Thursday, 6 Sept 2:30 p.m.
(please note early start time!)
ILPs – Individual Learning Programmes
Thursday, September 6, 3:30- 6:00 PM: Back to School Picnic!
Next Thursday, September 6, we will host our version of Back to School Night. Beginning at 3:30 please join us in the Mepantigan for a general welcome followed by presentations in individual classrooms. Additionally you will also get to hear from our amazing group of Specialist Teachers and hear what they have in store for your children this year.
At 4:30, following classroom meetings, we will have a school-wide picnic on the field. Please plan to bring a picnic dinner with you and join us for some fun social time. This is a great opportunity to get to know your child’s (children’s) teacher(s) and to socialize with other families. We hope you can join us!
We are aware that a few of you may be headed to BIS to support the 6-8 year old soccer teams and may miss next week’s event. Please know that we are happy to make time for you in the near future to meet with your child’s (children’s) teacher(s)—simply contact teachers to make an appointment. We are also hopeful you might return from the games in time to share in the picnic fun!
See you Thursday, September 6!
Soft Opening of Green School Yoga Studio next week!
It’s been decades in the dreaming… years in the planning… months in the building… and at long last, the Green School Yoga Studio is poised to become a reality! The details are still being fine-tuned, but if all goes well, the first yoga classes will be held next week for GS students, staff, parents, and the outside world.
If you haven’t yet seen the structure, it sits below Green Camp and just to the south of the new Middle School building, and both the design and the setting are stunningly beautiful. (It was designed and built by GS parents David Vandergulik and Lise Baker: http://www.tagtagreclaimedwoods.com/)
You can learn more about what’s on offer here: http://greenschoolyoga.blogspot.com/
Help Us Bring an Incredible Motivational Speaker to GS!
Green School parent and graphic design wiz Angela Domenici (Luca, Grade 8) recently got a chance to hear Australian motivational speaker Sam Cawthorn. You can see more about him here:
Angela was so inspired that she spent weeks trying to track Sam down (his services are in great demand and he charges very high speaking fees in Australia), and once she finally did, she managed to persuade him to waive his fee and spend a day at Green School with students, parents, and staff. John Hardy has agreed to host Sam at Bambu Indah. Now all we need to do is come up with Sam’s airfare from Sydney to Bali. If you have any creative ideas (say, contacts with Garuda or Air Asia) or would like to make a donation, large or small, to bringing Sam here, please contact Angela directly: email@example.com
We don’t need much to make this happen– if every GS family gave $10 we could probably get Sam upgraded to business class! Thanks so much, terima kasih and grazie mille, Angela. What a great example of the dynamic Green School parent body in action!
Dynamic Duties: After lunch activity schedule
Speaking of dynamic, Green School may not be perfect (yet!), but we’re nothing if not responsive. Last year several parents expressed concern about a lack of structured activities in the post-lunch play period.
This year, students can still run around at their leisure, but Ibu Sarita has also organized a rotating daily program that includes art, sports, music and animal care options, all led by different teachers.You can see the current roster below. Thanks and terima kasih to the dynamic Ibu Sarita!
Lost and Found at GS
Did you know that we have two lost and founds at Green School? One is at the Welcome Desk (where Ibu Yani offers a wide array of other services); the other is by the security check-in post just inside the front gate.
So if your child (or you!) has lost something, those are two good places to begin your search…
After-school programs begin next week!
Although football (soccer) training (practice) has already started, next week marks the beginning of a full complement of after-school activities. Please see details below. For activities offered on-site and taught by GS staff, there is no additional charge. For most other programs, there is an extra fee. We encourage you to encourage your children to participate in this rich array of activities. The in-house programs will last for only six weeks, and we’d love to see regular attendance from those students who join.
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
Middle and High School Garage Band, Tuesdays in Chakra House/ Pak Mark and Ibu Anna, Grades 6 and up
Ultimate Frisbee starting early Oct: Mary, Matt & Benny/Thursday, Grade 6 and up
Computer Lab, Monday-Thursday, Grade 1 and up
Library, Monday-Thursday, K and up
Bali Budaya! Balinese Culture After-school programs, September 3- October 18
Thanks to all of you who came out for last Friday’s Mepantigan Mud Festival! Pak Putu Witsen, the creative force behind Mepantigan (and GS parent to Uci, Grade 4 and Gede, Grade 6) will be offering a special series of Balinese after-school cultural programs for students in Kindergarten and above. These classes cost IDR 50,000 per session, and the entire session must be pre-paid (but you have until Friday, 7 September to do so, in effect giving your child the chance for a free trial!).
There are seven classes per session, so the cost for one activity is IDR 350,000. 5% discount if you sign up for two activities (IDR 665,000) 10% discount for three (IDR 945,000) and a whopping 20% discount if you take the whole enchilada (IDR 1,120,000). Fees go to cover costs and also help fund the scholarship program.
Here’s the schedule:
Mondays: Balinese Mixed Martial Arts & Mepantigan
Tuesdays: Balinese Carving
Wednesdays: Contemporary Balinese Dance
Both martial arts and dance will likely spend some time in the mud pit, so please send along a change of clothes for those days. You can sign up and pay Ibu Yani at the Welcome Desk in Heart of School.
New After-school class: Guitar
Guitar Lessons now available at Green School! Classes will be taught by Paul Davidson, a musical performer and teacher with over 30 years of experience. Here is the information:
- Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:30 will be private lessons for students to be scheduled directly with Paul: 087861348669 (180,000Rp per hour)
- Fridays from 3:30-4:30 is Beginning Guitar for students 10 years of age and older. Group lessons are up to 10 students (80,000Rp per session per student, 10 week session). Classes will run every Friday from September 7-November 30 (No classes October 19/26 and November 16). Those taking Group lessons must pay for the entire 10 week session in advance–must be paid by September 14 (one week grace period). Please sign up and make payment at our concierge desk in the Heart of School.
- Monday-Friday 8:30-10:30 Paul is available to teach adults (180,000Rp pr hour). Contact Paul directly to make arrangements: 087861348669
In all cases students must have their own guitars. Please contact Paul for information about purchasing guitars locally.
A reminder of the football(soccer) training schedule:
Wednesdays: BSSA Games for 9-14s
6-8s with Pak Eduardo(firstname.lastname@example.org), Ibu Michelle(email@example.com)
Thursdays: 11-14 Girls- Pak Colin(firstname.lastname@example.org)
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!!
GREEN SCHOOL SWIM CLUB:
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 email@example.com if you’re interested and have any Qs!
Spaces are filling up fast, but here is some revised information on GS parent Renee Martyna’s Global Knowmads program.
Friday night Betelnut Concert
For anyone who attended last spring’s Hoodoo Gypsy Carnival, one of the big highlights was Russian violin maestro German Dmitriev’s electric (literally and figuratively) performance. Our friends at Betelnut asked us to spread the word about a collaborative appearance he’ll be making there tonight. Hope to see you at the show!
September 1/2 Classical Guitar Concerts: Ray Sandoval
GS parent and Bali musical impressario Franki Raden sent us this http://goo.gl/wm8Q5
UPGRADED EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE IN UBUD
We’re not in the habit of running blatant advertisements here at the Green School Weekly News (unless of course they are for businesses owned by GS families!), but this announcement may be of interest (if hopefully not of use) to those of you living in the Ubud area, where health care quality has traditionally lagged to that available down south. Keep an eye on this space please because the week of September 10th we’ll be hosting a Bali health and safety briefing for families with lots of information on local clinics, hospitals, etc.
Toya Medika Clinic in Ubud now has a First Responder team trained to deal with heart attacks, strokes, falls and rescue from river banks and other difficult areas. The special ambulance is equipped with a heart monitor, defibrillator, liquid suction, fracture stabilization equipment, KED (protection for potential spinal injury) and oxygen. Fees are reasonable.
The English-speaking team at Toya Medika Clinic is trained to receive emergencies quickly and efficiently and to assess further requirements such as hospitalization. Links for evacuation abroad are already established.
Call the Clinic at 0361 978 078.
Other services include:
*’Medi-Call’ – collecting your medications from the pharmacy and delivering them to your home or hotel.
* Escorting patients to specialists in Denpasar, providing transportation and translation.
* Home care service such as nurses to provide follow-up services like wound dressing, checking blood pressure, bathing, etc.
* House calls by doctors
Yellow Coco Mask Design Workshops
Yellow Coco Creative Nest presents two weekend workshops in mask design and self exploration hosted by Susan Allen and Susiawan and Jonathan Wright, all former GS staff and still good friends to our community. Cost includes food and materials September 7-9 – Youth masking (16-19 year olds – includes Friday evening) September 15-16 Adult Masking This will be a fantastic experience but numbers are restricted so be quick to register. The complete cost is $220.
From Ancient Greek Theatre to Balinese ceremonies, masks have been worn for performance, entertainment, disguise, concealment, or protection. We wear masks in our every day lives and through our personas we present different faces to the world. What goes on inside us behind the faces we present? Is there something precious and discarded sitting dormant within? This workshop will use eastern and western tools to explore our hidden selves as we use our hands to create a mask for ourselves.
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