“Education is the transmission of civilization.”
We’ve made it through our first full week of the school year with flying colors! Some really exciting developments this week include the opening of the GS Yoga Studio and the installation of a turbine in the vortex generator after four and a half long years. Tomorrow is Kuningan and you’ll find information below on an amazing ceremony taking place in Klungkung, East Bali along with updates on social media, after-school programs, upcoming assemblies, and so much more…
Have a great weekend and thanks and terima kasih for reading!
In this issue:
1. Green School, Ever Closer to Getting off the Grid
2. Parent Education Talk by Pak Andy and Ibu Nikki on 10 September at 9:00 AM
3. Green School Yoga Studio takes off
4. End of Week Assembly on Friday, September 14 at 2:30 PM in Mepantigan:
5. Budaya Bali After-school Programs, final schedule
6. Health and Safety Update: Information session on Thursday, 13 September at 3:30 PM
7. Green Camp Update
8. World Bamboo Day Assembly, September 18 at 2:15 in Mepantigan
9. Green School Needs YOU! First Green School Community Association Meeting
10. Green School on Social Media
11. Green Riders coming to GS, Monday, September 9 at 2:00 PM
12. Guitar class schedule change
13. Green School in Social Media (part 2)
14. Green School Family Handbook
15. Request from Dr. Ating
16. Green School Dive Club, back in the Water!
17. BSSA Sports Update from Pak Colin
18. Living Food Lab Update
19. Kijani (aka Green School Marimba Band), taking it to the streets!
20. Green School’s Garden of the Senses
21. Learn Indonesian Language With Cinta Bahasa Indonesian Language School
22. Anne Hockett Yoga Barn Detox
23. Our own weekly news
Green School, Ever Closer to Getting off the Grid
Green School’s Managing Director/Facilitator penned this letter to staff earlier this week about some exciting things happening down by the river…
A key goal for the school has been getting completely off of the grid. We made huge gains last year with the Energy Committee coming together and getting solar launched. We now have 80% of the school running on solar, with almost no drop in power during this time, bringing higher stability and many learning moments for our students and community.
This week a team from a company called Listra is down at the vortex beginning preparation for a test turbine. If this test goes well then we move forward to running a complete turbine and generating clean, green, very low-impact hydro-electricity. This is a huge step for Green School!
I am already working with Pak Alan and Ibus Benny and Nikki about us taking full advantage of this learning moment as a school and community. There will be much more on this but please take the time to wander down to the vortex area and see what they are up to. Check it out regularly and ask questions. This will be an ongoing project going forward and we want our children to understand the value of renewable energy programs, not to mention the science and technology that makes them work.
How amazing will it be when we finally pull the switch to get the school running fully on renewable energy and getting off the grid. And we expect to have a surplus of energy to share with the local village as well as to sell back to PLN (the national energy company). We’ll keep you posted as things continue to develop
Selamat Hari Raya Kuningan!
Saturday, September 8 (aka tomorrow) marks Kuningan, the end of one of the most important series of festivals on the Balinese calendar, the ten day battle between good and evil. (We won’t spoil the ending by telling you who wins…)
As part of the Kuningan festivities, there is an unusual ceremony taking place in Desa Pasksebali, in the town of Klungkung in East Bali. It’s called Perang Dewa, or War of the Gods. You can learn a bit more from this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehcHsbViIVQ.
We heard from families who attended last year, both new and long-term Bali residents, that it was one of the most powerful experiences they had ever had here. Please note that the activity can become quite intense and may be frightening for small children.
Here are the details on how you can attend:
The people who’ll attend must wear balinese outfit (sarong, kebaya, sash for women and sarong, udeng, sash for men). Here is the direction to Klungkung : Dropped Pin . Transportation will be on own arrangement and the fee is Rp 50,000 per person include food, banten and donation towards the temple.
Parent Education Talk by Pak Andy and Ibu Nikki on 10 September at 9:00 AM Mepantigan
As part of our Parent Education and Inspiration program at Green School we’d like to invite all parents to a talk happening Monday, September 10th called Finding Equilibrium. The talk will be hosted by teacher and parent Nikki Macfarlane and Pak Andy.
This is a great opportunity for new, or recent arrivals, to explore the things that lead to a smooth transition to life in Bali or that may hinder it and to discover the perfect balance that will enable them to achieve higher states of connectivity and satisfaction.
Returning families and longer term residents may also find this talk of interest! New and returning teachers got to experience this talk during Staff Collaboration week and found it to be extremely enlightening and helpful.
The talk begins at 9am on Monday, September 10th in the Mepantigan.
Green School Yoga Studio takes off
Green School’s Yoga Studio officially opened with an Om this week! We’ll gradually be adding more classes for students, staff, parents, and visitors, but for now you can keep an eye on the blog for what’s happening. : http://greenschoolyoga.blogspot.com/ Feel free to let your friends know! We put this on our FB page yesterday and have already received queries from two outside groups interested in holding retreats here…
End of Week Assembly on Friday, September 14 at 2:30 PM in Mepantigan:
No matter what the age of your child(ren), please feel free to join us next Friday for what promises to be a heart-warming showcase of heart, soul and talent from some of our youngest students:
- What: Primary Thematic Showcase–songs and more from our Early Years and Grades 1 & 2 students.
- Audience: Early Years and Primary Grades
- Start time: 2:30pm
Budaya Bali After-school Programs, final schedule
Sorry for the confusion this past week, but we now have Pak Putu Witsen’s Balinese cultural after-school program schedule set, as follows:
Monday : Mixed Martial Arts/Mepantigan
Wednesday : Contemporary Balinese Dance and Gamelan (these classes have now been merged)
Thursday : Stone Relief Carving
We had good numbers this week but look forward to seeing even more students join us in the coming weeks. The kids had a blast! And we are thrilled to be able to incorporate more Balinese cultural programs into the life of the school.
Health and Safety Update: Information session on Thursday, 13 September at 3:30 PM in Mepantigan
GS pioneer parent, recently-joined parent and island-renowned health and safety maven Sherri Dean writes with news of an important info session being held this coming week, plus an introduction to our new nurse. Selamat datang and welcome aboard, Ibu Esther!
It’s been an amazing start to this year at Green School for the Health & Safety team. All teachers underwent a basic first aid training as part of their preparation for 2012-13 and each classroom is now equipped with basic first aid kits, emergency contact numbers, kul-kuls for sounding alarms, and maps of the school campus with evacuation routes posted in their rooms. Our new school nurse, Esther Desy, joins us on 24 September and is looking forward to becoming the fresh face (Ben, see photo attached then delete this bit) of our health & safety team. After her arrival, she will be properly introduced to the Green School community as an integral part our our health program. In the meantime, Nurse Kadek and Nurse Aldi are on full-time duty every school day of the week – your children are in good hands. Also of note, by the time you read this, we will have completed our first emergency drill which will offers us all practical experience evacuating the area safely in the event of fire or earthquake and the opportunity to refine the system. Our motto: Always Be Prepared!
Speaking of being prepared, all members of the Green School Community are invited to come to this year’s first Staying Healthy in Bali informational talk next Thursday, 13 September, after school, 3:30 p.m. in the Mepantigan. This invaluable information session will cover general health care basics highlighting issues specific to Bali: possible hazards, how to avoid them and where to go/who to call if you haven’t managed to side-step them . This is especially relevant for newcomers, though all members of the community are encouraged to come, voice concerns, share resources and stories and ask a lot of questions. It’s likely that we will answer questions that you didn’t even know you had…don’t miss it! It’s a bit like insurance, we hope you don’t need to use this info, but you’ll be thankful you did if the occasion arises.
Green Camp Update
Green Camp Director Conor McMullan works tirelessly to give groups from the outside world the chance to come in and experience a bit of the magic here. Here’s his update on current happenings in the Green Camp universe:
This is a quick note to let you know a bit about the groups we have in at Green Camp this month.
For the next 3 weeks (from Tues-Thur), we have consecutive groups of 15-20 students from Singapore Polytechnic’s Architecture and Design Program.
The last week of September will see a similar sized group from the Republic Polytechnic in S’pore doing a more intensive 7 day program focusing on sustainable design and development. This is being co-facilitated through the Possible Studio program at Green Camp and will involve some opportunities for the GS community to provide input on various developments and challenges on the site.
The 1st week of October will see a returning group of senior art students from Tanglin Trust (Singapore) here for an integrated art-focused program. We’re hoping to make some connections with the GS art students and Margot and I hope to share more on this shortly.
All of the groups will be staying onsite in the Green Camp area and will likely be seen around campus particularly at lunch time. It’s a fantastic opportunity for visiting students and teachers to get a real sense of what we’re doing here yet the GC staff is also aware of the need to maintain a low footprint in terms of these groups’ impact on the learning environment during the school day. To this end, please feel free to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding visiting Green Camp groups.
Thanks for your support.
World Bamboo Day Assembly, September 18 at 2:15 in Mepantigan
How many of you have World Bamboo Day on your calendars already? (It’s been on mine for months…) Well, it’s coming up soon! We will celebrate World Bamboo day with an assembly on Tuesday, Sept 18 beginning at 2:15. As always, all families are welcome to attend. In fact, we encourage you to come! Following the assembly the High School students invite all families to calculate their carbon footprint and look at ways to offset.
More details to come on a very exciting initiative that could only happen at Green School
Green School Needs YOU! First Green School Community Association Meeting, Friday 14 September 1:30 PM in Mepantigan (probably)
In his back to school letter at the beginning of the year, Chris Thompson talked about our revamped Green School Community Association. We’re pleased to announce the first meeting for next Friday, before the assembly. Please join us! Have a better idea for compost toilets? Want to introduce more bran fiber into the baked goods at the Green Warung? Interested in helping us plan, organize and run some great community building events this year? This is your chance to participate in the life of the school at whatever level feels comfortable for you. Hope to see many of you here! Following this kick-off, future meetings will be held the last Friday of every month.
Green School on Social Media
Green School has an active social media presence, befitting a school that is trying to educate students for the 21st Century.
If you haven’t already, we invite you to “like” (“love”?) our community page: http://www.facebook.com/greenschool Most of the postings there won’t be news to you, but we’d be very grateful if you could forward to your contact list and keep Green School going viral!
Same thing with our Twitter feed. You can follow us at @greenschoolbali
Perhaps of more daily relevance to your lives are two groups moderated by GS parent and yoga goddess Janet Nicol. Looking for the best dentist on the island who plays smooth jazz while drilling your root canal? Need a left-handed Javanese driver born on the new moon in the month of May? This is a great resource for the entire parent community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/282831585130993/
Janet has also started a new group especially for high school parents: https://www.facebook.com/groups/375015159236984/
Please join! For any questions you can email Janet directly at email@example.com
Green Riders coming to GS, Monday, September 9 at 2:00 PM
Ibu Brynn has arranged for environmental education author and legend Kenny Peavy to visit with the high school students this coming Monday. All community members are invited to attend
September 10th @ 2 pm… we will have Kenny Peavy, a super keen environmentalist here talking to the kids about his amazing project “Green Riders.” This guy has literally ridden his bike all over South East Asia spreading environmental awareness…
Check out his website here: http://greenriders.asia
Here’s what he will be talking about:
1. GREEN Riders Bali – possibly in March
2. Rockin for the Reefs! A fundraiser I am organizing for April next year.. I have partnered with Reef Check International
Guitar class schedule change
Pak Paul announces a change in the guitar class schedule as per below:
Private Guitar Lesson :
Group Guitar Lesson for Beginner
Group Guitar Lesson for Intermediate: Wednesday
Green School in Social Media (part 2)
Check out this video by the Indonesian Green Building Council about (what else?) the green building movement in Indonesia
Green School Family Handbook
You may not have seen the 2012-2013 version of our family handbook. Have a look!
Request from Dr. Ating
To any family here from last year, our good friend Dr. Ating wonders if anyone by chance has a video of his farewell presentation from the end of the school year. He’d like to use it for fundraising purposes for his new foundation if so. Please let us know!
Thanks and terima kasih…
Green School Dive Club, back in the Water!
Welcome back divers! We are going to get right back into this year with a Green School Dive Club trip to Padang Bai on Saturday, September 15th. If you’re new to diving and would like get your fins wet, we will be offering a “Discover Scuba” lesson. If you already have your certification, we’ll pick up where we left off last year using Coral Finder to record the health of the reefs in Blue Lagoon.
We’ll meet at KFC in Sanur at 8:00 and return by 5:00pm. The cost will be IDR 700,000 and will include transport, lunch, equipment, and two dives.
This is a one-day trip, not to be confused with the Middle School electives week.
Please contact Pak Glenn to register or with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
BSSA Sports Update from Pak Colin
Match Schedule for the Rest of the Season
Wednesday 12 September:
9-10s: at BIS vs BIS(3.00) and vs GMIS(3.30) with Pak Peter Wall
11-12 Boys: at BIS vs SIS(3.00) with Pak Chris Majors
13-14 Boys: at CCS vs CCS(3.00) with Pak Yeshi
13-14 Girls: at BIS vs Dyat B(3.30) with Pak Colin
Thursday 13 September:
7-8s at BIS(3.00) with Pak Eduardo Petta
Wednesday 19 September:
11-12 Boys at BIS vs GMIS
13-14 Girls at BIS vs BIS B
13-14 Boys at CCS vs Sunrise
Thursday 20 September:
6-8s AT GREEN vs BIS: 3pm start
Semis and Finals: on 26 September(if teams go through)
Thurs 27 September 1pm, venue tbc
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.
Good luck to all our teams!!
Results from this week:
13/14 Boys beat AIS 5-2
13/14 Girls drew 0-0 with Both BIS A and Dyatmika A
11/12 Boys drew 0-0 with BIS, lost 0-1 to Dyatmika A
9/10s drew one and lost one game
Go the Geckos!
Living Food Lab Update
New offerings at the Living Food Lab
We have been busy “cooking” up ways to make it easier for you and your family to start the year on a healthy and delicious path. Everything offered is predominantly local, incredibly organic, and always dairy and gluten free!
If you have any questions about these or want to sign up for any of the preordered items (smoothie club, snack wheels, family salad bowls) just come by, or contact us via email at email@example.com or 081-337213649.
Kijani (aka Green School Marimba Band), taking it to the streets!
Green School’s Kijani Marimba Band to play at the 2nd Annual Bali Garden Party on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
Taman Bhagawan in Tanjung Benoa
This year the Bali Garden Party will be a two-day event with Sept. 22 being dedicated to Children’s Charity Day with 200 underprivileged kids being given a free day of fun and games, plus lunch and a goody bag.
The evening will see an exclusive charity dinner for 500 people billed as “Dinner Under the Stars” with cocktails, all evening top-class entertainment and music, raising money for five charities: East Bali Poverty Project, John Fawcett Foundation, ROLE Foundation, Smile Foundation and Bali Kids. Each charity will receive Rp 100 million (US$10,520) each on the night.
Sept. 23 will be a full day of music, fun, games and dining with entertainment and talk shows, consisting of three areas: the food festival, kid’s area and community area with arts, crafts and NGOs displays. The Kid’s area will include all-day soccer coaching, magicians, capoeira performances, dance, music and performances by orphanages and underpriviledged children.
The second Bali Garden Party will be held at Taman Bhagawan in Tanjung Benoa. Entrance is Rp 50,000 per adult and Rp 25,000 per child, both will include a free drink at designated stalls.
Green School’s Garden of the Senses
GS parent and landscape architect extraordinaire writes this update on the Garden of the Sense, which is located between the Heart of School and the Early Childhood area:
The Garden of the Senses was designed by Nicole Lenord ,Tara Reid and myself during the latter part of 2010, weeks and even months were spent preparing the presentation, defining the purpose, outlining the objectives and drawing up plans which were presented to the Green School Board for approval. Nicole and Tara very generously donated the funds so work could get under way. Implementation of the garden started before the end of 2011 and continued until the present; it is still a work in progress as we need to generate more funding to complete the garden.
A wind chime competition was held last term by several GS classes with kind support from Pak Noan & Pak Matt(Green Studies teachers). It was great to see so many creative Designs being constructed and painted in bright colours.
We look forward to continuing work on this interesting project as we still have some way to go before completion; all donations will be gladly accepted.
John Pettigrew ( Design In Nature)
Learn Indonesian Language With Cinta Bahasa Indonesian Language School in Ubud
Our friends at Cinta Bahasa are offering Bahasa Indonesia lessons in Ubud:
Last year, Cinta Bahasa started offering special courses for Green School Parents to learn Bahasa Indonesia just before school was out for the day. Their 40-hour Small-Group Beginner Course, which is 12.30-2.30pm each week day for four weeks, so that you have time to pick up your children before school is out for the day. They have a special offer for the course which is Rp 3,000,000 instead of the usual lowest rate of Rp 3,500,000.
The course starts the first Monday of each month, the next course will start on Monday, October 1st at their school near Bintang Supermarket in Ubud. For more information, vist their website at http://www.cintabahasa.com/green-school-cinta-bahasa/.
Anne Hockett Yoga Barn Detox
GS parent and board advisor Anne Hockett is leading a detox program at the Yoga Barn. Please click on the link for details! http://goo.gl/le4wb
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