“Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.”
We’re humming right along here! It’s been another great week, and today was marked by a visit from the premier evening news show in Korea plus the kick-off meeting for our Green School Community Association. Thanks and terima kasih to so many of you who showed up; we’ll be sending more info out soon about the very user-friendly new blog and we’ll hold the next meeting on Friday, 28 September.
There is lots of info on upcoming events and all of the great activities that have been occurring on and off the campus these first few weeks of school. Please do have a read!
Terima kasih and thanks so much, and have a great weekend…
In this issue:
1. Notes from the Learning Manager: Wholegrain Schooling
2. Join Student Village for Seminyak Beach Clean-up this Saturday
3. World Bamboo Day Assembly, Tuesday, 19 September at 2:00 PM
4. End of Week Assembly, Friday September 21 at 2:15 PM
5. Green Apple Day of Service, Saturday 29 September, 10 AM-12 PM: Village Clean-up
6. House Points Update from Pak Glenn
7. Reminder to let GS know about parent absences from Bali
8. Blog Post of the Week
9. High School Assignment: Media Studies
10. Events Calendar
12. Green School Parents FB page
12. BSSA Sports Update from Pak Colin
13. Surf School, Surfing Guide. Let’s surf together!
14. Green Village
15. Our own weekly news
Notes from the Learning Manager: Wholegrain Schooling
With apologies to Elvis, Pak Alan may have left the island for a few weeks, but he continues to work hard on developing an implenting a student-centered approach to learning at GS and think about the issues. A few days ago he sent is this piece:
There is widespread belief that learners can be classified under a three-fold system: ‘auditory’, ‘visual’, and ‘tactile’. This system dovetails neatly into the popular notion of the tripartite brain: ‘cognitive’, ‘connective/emotive’, and ‘reactive’ and into the story,which gathered notoriety in the late 60’s, that people are biased towards one of three types: ‘thinker’s, ‘feelers’, and ‘doers’. We may speculate that the system has some relation to multiple intelligence theory (MIT); I have made a tentative stab at lining Howard Gardner’s neurologically defined intelligences with this three-fold scaffold. Like all models, this one is best viewed with fuzzy logic – that is, it should not be applied too literally.
Some educationalists have tried to predict the percentage of learners that fall into these three categories. (Follow the URLS suggested at the end to learn more.) Although the percentages they extrapolate should also be viewed fuzzily, they are still fascinating. We know that the ‘compulsory schooling world’ succeeds in its implied mission by moving about 30% of all learners to the point where they have obtained a first degree. This means, of course, about 70% of learners ‘fail’ in schooling’s implicit purpose. The alignment between these percentages and the learning styles table is obvious – and the implications for schooling areclear.
Success breeds success. Traditional schooling is conducted as if the majority of learners are ‘auditory’; in fact only a third (approximately) fall into this group. To help the majority of learners taste success, schooling needs to offer a constant diet of experiences from within the ‘visual’ and ‘tactile’ fields as well – perhaps in the ratio 2 : 1. That is, the school day should be set up to ensure interpersonal, intrapersonal, spatial, environmental, kinaesthetic, and bodily challenges occur.This is beginning to sound like a rationale for the three-frame day! It would be a mistake, says Howard Gardner – and I agree, to target the learning biases of individuals and to feed only these biases. Rather, since success ignites success, a healthy diet of learning from all ‘food groups’ should be offered to all learners. They will, at first, gravitate towards their personal broccoli – but, eventually, since they are being nourished, will venture into the whole meal.
Join Student Village for Seminyak Beach Clean-up this Saturday, 15 September, 7:30 AM- 10:00 AM
This Saturday from 7:30 – 10 a.m., the Student Village gang will participate in their second annual Seminyak Beach clean up. Organized by the international Ocean Conservancy, helping our oceans for over 40 years, the exact location in Seminyak is yet to be determined. Contact David Porteus at 0852 3776 2243 for details.
World Bamboo Day Assembly, Tuesday, 19 September at 2:00 PM, plus High School Carbon Footprint Audit
Please join us this coming Tuesday, 19 September at 2:00 PM in the Mepantigan as we celebrate World Bamboo Day with a full program of activities. The high school students will be involved in a particularly noteworthy project:, as Inu Nikki reports:
offering audits of your carbon footprint. This is part of our enrichment program and builds on the work we will be doing this week. The audit will cost 50,000 rupiah and you will receive a printed report showing your carbon footprint together with ideas on how it can be reduced. Students will have already spent time learning how to carry out the audits and debating the pros and cons of footprint calculations. They money raised from the audits will go towards our Cambodia trip fund (scheduled for March 2013). The students will also be offering the purchase of bamboo seedlings for a small fee to reduce your carbon footprint and these will be donated to an NGO in East Bali as part of our efforts to support social enterprise programs. We hope you can make it to the High School presentation on Tuesday afternoon (Sept 19th at 2pm in the Mepantigan) and are able to participate in the audit as part of our connecting to the Green School Community!
End of Week Assembly, Friday September 21 at 2:15 PM
Come one, come all!
What: Greek musical comedy by Grade 5 and some Viking songs by Grade 4, plus a paper-making demonstration by the crafty (in the best sense of the word) kids in Grade 3.. This assembly wraps up our first thematic units and the work done by specialists during the thematic part of the day!
When: Begins at 2:15
Appropriate audience: Early Years-Grade 8
Green Apple Day of Service, Saturday 29 September, 10 AM-12 PM: Village Clean-up
Some of you may recall a little award Green School won last April: we were honored to be named the inaugural “Greenest School on the Planet” by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. (It may have been mentioned a few thousand times in these pages!) At the end of this month, the same organization has called for Green (and Greenish, or simply Green-leaning) schools around the world to participate in a Green Apple Day of Service.
All Green School families, teachers, and staff are invited to join us for a short but very sweet activity. We have invited students from two local schools with which we’re forged close relationships over the last few years to join us for a village clean-up. We’ll gather at 10 AM or before (FREAK Coffee and the Living Food Lab will be open, so feel free to arrive early to satisfy that caffeine or turmeric craving) and break up into mixed groups in the Heart of School. One group will head out to the main road in Sibang, the other one to the village road on the east side. Armed with collection containers, we’ll sweep into the center, picking up every bit of rubbish we can find, and meet on the bridge for a big recycling party and drinks and refreshments.
We’d love to see a huge turn-out from the GS community, so wake the kids, call your neighbors, and alert your best FB friends…
Terima kasih and thanks!
House Points Update from Pak Glenn
With a a big win in the tug-o-war, defending champs Team Air got off to a powerful start. Meanwhile, Team Water, who narrowly lost the tug-o-war, have been steadily dominating the Friday dress-up days thus far. As always, Fridays have proved to be the difference and have given Team Water a narrow lead over Team Air in the overall standings. Still plenty of time Fire and Earth – but no time like the present to get things going….
Team Water = 290
Team Air = 279
Team Earth = 190
Team Fire = 186
Reminder to let GS know about parent absences from Bali
As most of you know by now, if your child won’t be attending school or will be late, or there is a change in pick-up plan, we want to know about it. You can either email your class teacher(s) or email@example.com or send an SMS to the school phone 0811 380 9298.
However, if you yourself are planning to leave Bali for any length of time but your child will be staying with friends or pembantu, we kindly also request that you let us know beforehand, along with contact details for whomever is looking after your child. Yes, we have emergency contact info on file for everyone, but this in many cases may be a different person. Thanks for your cooperation!
Blog Post of the Week
This is a new feature we are introducing for the first time today. Every week we scour the classroom blogs and pick one entry to share with the wider community. This week’s “winner” is Grade 4! Remember to keep an eye on the blogs to get a sense of all the wonderful learning taking place around the campus: http://blog.greenschool.org/
“This week Grade 4 has been working on an Indonesian Studies Lesson which orientates the students with regard to the school’s locality. The area is explored culturally and environmentally. The lessons guide the students so that they may know and respect their school’s surroundings. Folklore, oral histories and interesting historical events are relayed within this lesson.
The aims of the program are to inquire into any cultural and historic sites and events in Sibang Kaja area and listen to local people talking about important events in the locality. We also aim to explore the significance of the sites for local people and link the students with local community.
Accordingly, Grade 4 will spend the afternoon of Thursday, September 20, involved in a clean-up program. The program will include visiting Pura Prajapati Desa Adat Sibang Kaja, the local temple cross the Ayung River. The village is currently conducting a commemorative festival after renovation of this temple. We will participate in a ceremony followed by helping with a clean-up program.”
High School Assignment: Media Studies
For obvious reasons, we get a lot of attention for our commitment to sustainable practices. But of course, we’re about much more than just Green learning here at GS. The other day I happened to see a High School Media Studies assignment in an email, and I thought it was really worth sharing with the wider community to give everyone a sense of some of the creative learning activities that are taking place here. I asked Ibu Emily if I could share this, and she went and did me one better: below are the assignment itself plus some examples of the excellent work students did on the project. Thanks Ibu Emily and Josh and Coralie for sharing!
Who Watches the Watchman?
Teacher: Emily Ferguson
Assignment Name: Current Events Assignment
Assigned Date: 07 Sep 2012
Due Date: 14 Sep 2012 (due in 6 days)
CURRENT EVENTS – Presentation Date to be Chosen by Student
You will choose a current news story to share with the class. Then, you will prepare a 5-7 minute long presentation of your story. You will be critiquing the story based on a number of criteria:
• Examine the story from at least two different media sources (Television/Print/Online…) and summarize the story for the class. Include the title, source, date, and your reasoning for choosing that particular story. How do the versions of the story differ when told through different media? Why might they differ? Assess the validity and reliability of the sources.
• Compare and contrast these elements:
5. Focus of the story
7. Photographs or images
8. Witnesses and quotes
9. Length of coverage
Your classmates will give you constructive feedback on your assignment. BE SURE to engage the class in a meaningful discussion!
I will demonstrate two examples of the current events assignment. You will also have some class time to work on the assignment; however, this is a homework assignment and you are expected to complete the bulk of the work outside class. In addition to your presentation, you will be asked to submit a written summary of your notes
Remember, the events calendar is your friend! Maybe not like your best friend in junior high school who you could spend the whole day with and then go home and speak with for hours and hours late into the night until your mom made you unplug the phone… but more like a friend who you see once a week or so for lunch and a catch-up about the daily goings-on in your lives. There are lots of daily goings-ons at GS, and the vast majority of them are listed in the events calendar. So please, don’t ignore your friend… try to schedule a weekly time to catch up and see what’s happening around here: http://www.greenschool.org/calendar/
Green School Parents FB page
We’ve had a fair number of questions from people about joining the GS Parents FB page. Here are some specific answers:
There are two ways to join the GREEN SCHOOL PARENTS Facebook page.
The first is that a Facebook ‘friend’ of yours that is already a member of this group invites you to join.
The second is that you request to join the group.
To request to join, type in Green School Parents in the white box at the top of the Facebook page (its a search engine).
When the page comes up, look to the upper right hand corner and click the button that says JOIN GROUP. It won’t happen instantly, but should within 24 hours. The group is closed, so you need to request to be let in. Somebody that in not your Facebook ‘friend’ cannot do this for you, you need to do this action for yourself.
And please do remember to follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/greenschool) and Twitter (@greenschoolbali) and help us grow our online community of supporters by sharing these links among your own personal and professional networks. Thanks!
BSSA Sports Update from Pak Colin
Schedule for rest of Soccer Season:
Wednesday 19 September:
9-10s- no game
11-12 Boys at BIS vs GMIS
13-14 Boys- no game- through to semi finals
13-14 Girls- no game- unfortunately knocked out in play-off on penalty shoot-out
Thursday 20 September:
6-8s AT GREEN SCHOOL vs BIS: 3pm start
Semis and Finals: on 26 September for 13/14 boys (venue tbc)
Thursday 27 September 12pm at Canggu Club
A great effort by our teams considering we have a month less preparation time than the other schools
Sign up and practice details for volleyball season to follow soon…
Surf School, Surfing Guide. Let’s surf together!
We got this note from GS parent and Brazilian surfing legend (at least in the Petta family) Eduardo Petta.
My name is Eduardo Petta. I have my son Tiago in Grade 3 on Green School where I also coach soccer. I am from Brazil and I have been surfing since I was seven (now 41). I have surfed in many countries as Peru, Costa Rica, South Africa, Australia, Morocco, and all Indonesia. My first trip to Bali was in 1997 and I am still in love with this island and its amazing waves. I spent the last year checking the conditions and learning how to teach kids and adults in Bali. Now, I want to share these moments with you and with your kids.
I am trying to do something different than the most of local surf schools in Bali.
It is true that there are many different surf breaks, but as a coach, every day I choose the best spot considering many factors, for a fun, safe and nice experience.
The idea is to take the kids or the adults personally to the best spot according to the tide, size of the waves, wind and their levels.
The number of people in each class is also a very important issue.
For the early beginners, I strongly recommend the one and one class, passing by for one instructor to two or four, when they get confidence.
I know that the kids (and the parents) love to have class with their mates. So, I have three instructors to help me, and they are taught more than just basic level 1 coaching techniques – and everybody can join together at the same time.
For intermediate or advanced surfers I can run surf trips for some secret spots.
And we can also promote some Stand Up Paddle experiences, if you like.
I can run classes and surf tours for the adults during the weekly days. Just need to book in advanced.
And for the kids I will have 4 classes each weekend, but is necessarily to book in advanced.
Saturday morning: 10:00 to 12:00
Saturday afternoon: 14:30 to 16:30
Sunday morning: 10:00 to 12:00
Sunday afternoon: 13:30 to 15:30
There is also the possibility of having full day class. And again: just need to book in advance.
For those who need transport, I can arrange that, with extra cost.
All equipment supplied
Bring snacks, water, towel, board shorts, a lycra t-shirt and sun protector (with Zinc, if it is possible!!).
For further details and price, you can send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org; call me on 082174345032, or just send me a message on the Green School Parents Facebook Page: Edu Petta.
We just got this note from our friends at Green Village. They are very generously supporting our scholarship program with a donation made for every purchase they make through a GS introduction. So if anyone is looking to buy an extremely beautiful bamboo house within walking distance of Gren School, please come and see me and I know just the people to put you in touch with! Thanks and terima kasih Ibuku and Green Village.
We have recently completed the Green Village home of a family introduced to us through Green School. I’d like to follow up on our promise to donate US$6,000 for every villa sold on a leasehold lot by sending through the $4,000 balance for lot 2 . ($2,000 was sent to GS last year at commencement of construction.)
Our own weekly news
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