“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”
George Washington Carver
Dear Green School community,
Is it really Friday again already? It’s been another action-packed week at Green School, marked by a terrific program put on by the high school World Bamboo Day (we should be posting the video made by HS students next week) and an excellent combined Grade 4 and 5 assembly this afternoon based on thematic units covering Viking lore and Ancient Greece, respectively. Lots of creative learning is taking place here, at all levels of the school!
This week’s newsletter opens with a powerful message from GS co-founder John Hardy that describes in harrowing detail his near-death encounter with a falling coconut a few months ago and his continuing recovery, along with his vision for a scholarship program for local Balinese students that continues to grow with support from all quarters of our community. There’s lots of other news as well, from a reprise of Sherri Dean’s health and safety briefing on Thursday to our Green Apple Day of Service a week from Saturday– please join us to help clean up both sides of the river out to the main roads with students from some local schools! And much, much more…
Enjoy, and have a great weekend!
Terima kasih and thank you very much,
In this issue:
1. Message from John Hardy: Falling Coconuts and Raising Scholarships for the Future
2. Health & Safety Rides Again! Thursday, 27 September at 9:00 AM in Meranggi Bale
3. Green Apple Day of Service, Saturday 29 September, 10 AM-12 PM: Village Clean-up
4. Green School Evacuation Drill Video
5. Teachers taking the GS Message to the World!
6. Friday Sep28 Green School Community Association Meeting
7. Friday, Sep 28 Assembly 2:15-3:15 with Slow Food Bali
8. GS in Social Media
9. Grade 5 Chicken/Egg Project & Tetrapaks
10. Photos for 2012-2013 Yearbook
11. NEWS FROM GREEN SCHOOL YOGA STUDIO
12. Green Citizens of the Week Award
13. BSSA Sports Update from Pak Colin
14. Possible Studio at Green Camp: Your input at drop-off
15. Thanks for the Cool Shelters SP!
16. Student Village Beach clean-up
17. Sunday, 23 September: Bali Garden Party featuring performance by Kijani
18. Wednesday, 26 September, 7:00 PM at Betelnut (Jalan Raya Ubud) Hubud
19. September 29 Nyuh Kuning Village Kids Festival
20. Our own weekly news
Message from John Hardy: Falling Coconuts and Raising Scholarships for the Future
Please click on the link below to see a powerful message from Green School co-founder John Hardy on his recovery. John discusses his continuing vision for the GS scholarship program and his tireless efforts to give more Balinese students the gift of a Green School education:
Health & Safety Rides Again! Thursday, 27 September at 9:00 AM in Meranggi Bale
Back by popular demand, it’s Ibu Sherri again on health and safety issues in Bali!
For those of you who missed out (or loved it so much you’ve got to hear it again), the community information talk on health & safety will be repeated next Thursday morning, 27 September, after drop-off at 9:00 a.m. in the Meranggi Foundation Round Bale near the Art Studio in the Heart of School. Please come to learn about all things practical regarding safety and health while you are on campus and in Bali. Don’t forget to bring your questions and Bali experiences to share.
For those of you who were able to attend last week, soft copies of the information provided in hard copy form last Thursday afternoon on Medical providers in Bali, Green School community resources, rabies, snake bite and and dengue fever information sheets, check out GS Health & Safety Information at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/odzf32teo1oeqho/BvjKKFMHTp. Also in this folder is information on allergies, motorbike responsibility release forms and other documents relevant to health & safety in Bali.
Selamat jalan (Safe journies) ,
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!
Green School Evacuation Drill Video
How much do we love our digital media at GS? So much so that Ibu Sarita was inspired to make a video of our first evacuation drill of the new school year a few weeks ago. (It was a rousing success!) The clip may never reach the viral heights of popularity achieved by Chenoa Thompson’s now legendary Polar Bear Song last year, but with your help, who knows?
Teachers taking the GS Message to the World!
Green School continues to attract attention from all over the region and the world for our pioneering attempts to integrate a student-centered curriculum with sustainable practices and rich layers of environmental, experiential, and entrepreneurial learning (among other things!), and as this happens we receive more and more requests from people to present at conferences. As she reports below, High School Science Guru Ibu Benny is just the latest teacher to take the GS show on the road. Go Ibu Benny– make us proud
I will be presenting at the Konferensi Guru Nusantara 2012, 7-8 November in Jakarta. The session is titled: “Science Education in Harmony with Nature and Global Issues: Cultivating Responsibility and Calling for Actions” . I will be sharing the practices I use at Green School, with a focus on the following:
- connection with children’s daily lives
- connection with society’s pressing issues, both local such as waste management, water pollution, energy and food price hike and global ones such as poverty, food security, etc
- Conections with childrens futures
Go to http://www.konferensigurunusantara.net/index2012.php for more details about the conference
Friday September 28 Green School Community Association Meeting , 1:15-2:15, plus new Community Blog
Thanks to the many parents who showed up last Friday for the kick-off meeting of the GSCA last week. Big crowd, lots of energy! Everyone who attended and anyone else is invited to join us again next Friday as we begin the dive into some projects. We’ll meet in the Living Food Lab/FREAK Warung. Whether you want to help out with the yearbook, or on special events and fundraising, or if you’ve always wanted to see the Green School Monkey Farm become a reality, this is your chance to participate in the life of the school.
Also, this week marks the debut of our new , very user-friendly Community Blog, which can be found just under the Classroom Blogs link on the homepage: http://community.greenschool.org/ There’s not a lot of content there yet but hopefully we’ll start to populate this over the next few weeks as we start working on various things. Check it out and feel free to add your voice…
Friday, September 28 Assembly 2:15-3:15 followed by Community Afternoon with Slow Food Bali
Directly following the GSCA meeting we’ll have our end of month assembly, which typically focuses on various things happening in our community. This week features a Grade 4 Green Studies skit about proper lunch clean-up, a short talk about worms from the founder of Slow Food Bali, and other special surprises (given that some of them have yet to be scheduled, they are also a surprise to the organizers!). Please do join us.
After that, we’ll head into our Friday afternoon social event, to which all families are invited. The good folks from Slow Food Bali will be making a presentation (see invitation) about their fine work. Stick around, throw a frisbee, meet some new people or connect with old friends. Food and drink will be available!
GS in Social Media
Below are links to two short videos made by recent visitors to GS. The first has some beautiful images and contains a short summary of some of our ongoing projects, including the shift to a student-centered curriculum. This is a great one to share with friends and family back home: http://vimeo.com/49001721
The second was made during the August Friday Social afternoon, which featured the Mepantigan Mud Festival. If you missed the action, here’s your chance to see what Mepantigan is all about: http://vimeo.com/48718317 (Friends and family back home may have some questions about what you are doing sending your children to a school that features a mud wrestling arena, so share this one at your own discretion! :)
As mentioned the last few weeks in these pages, we’re really trying to build up our online community of supporters around the world, so please do “like” us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/greenschool), where you’ll see these videos as well as other interesting little nuggets posted. We’d be really grateful if you could occasionally share some of these on your own wall. I’ve already noticed a number of GS parents doing this, so thanks and terima kasih to all of you!
Again, you can also follow us on Twitter (and re-tweet): @greenschoolbali
Grade 5 Chicken/Egg Project & Tetrapaks
Ibu Eva reports on some of the environmental/entrepreneurial learning taking place in Grade 5:
The students of Grade 5 will selling eggs after school every Friday, starting next Friday, 28 September. These eggs are from our Green School chickens and will be sold for Rp 2000 each (buy 10 get one free!) This is part of an enterprise project run by grade 5 and the money sold from these will be donated to the Scholarship program!
Early October we will once again begin our monthly tetrapak collection (with the help of Eco Bali of course). Families are encourage to immediately wash, squash and then bring to school all tetra packs (which do not belong in the red or the green bin but in a bin of their own) for recycling. Each classroom will soon be getting a cardboard box in their classroom that can be used for collecting tetrapaks. Grade 5 will then collect these boxes once a month from all classrooms, weigh them, and hand them over to Ibu Dwi (from Eco Bali) who will be coming to collect them monthly.
Down the road Grade 5 will be helping to design and build our very own tetrapak recycling station on campus in order to expedite this process and also to raise awareness about the impact of recycling this material. More details to come…
Thanks, Ibu Eva
Photos for 2012-2013 Yearbook
If you’re new to GS this year and haven’t seen last year’s Yearbook, see if you can track down a copy and have a look. It’s an extraordinary piece of work that was created in large part by GS parents Mike Clarke and Cecilia Wong, who have very sadly left the island. While it wasn’t true that we were nominated for the International Yearbook of the Year award by the International Society of International School Yearbooks (International Division), as was erroneously reported in these pages due to a major proof-reading error (it turns out that both the award and the organization are non-existant), it surely goes down in yearbook history as a tour de force.
This year, we are lucky to have Suki, father of Shanti in Grade 9, visiting from Mexico. Suki is a professional photographer and has generously offered to take our student photos for the yearbook. He has seen last year’s yearbook and is inspired! Here is the schedule for next week.
Monday: Geckos and Starlings, Grade 1B, Grade 5
Tuesday: Kindy, Grade 2 (all)
Wednesday: HIgh school (all)
Thrusday:Grade 1A, Grade 8, Grade 4
Friday: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 3 (all)
Please remind your child/young adult child to dress appropriately!
NEWS FROM GREEN SCHOOL YOGA STUDIO
In case you have missed last week classes, here is your chance to catch up! This week’s schedule is:
9:00-10:15 am : Vinyasa Flow Yoga level 1-2
9:00-10:15 am: Vinyasa Flow Yoga level 1
10:30am-12:00pm: Yoga in Motion
9:00-10:15: Yoga In Motion
2:00-3:15 pm: Restorative Yoga
9:00-10:15: Vinyasa Flow Yoga level 1
3:45-5:15 pm: Yoga in Motion
9:00-10:15: Vinyasa Flow Yoga level 1-2
Vinyasa Yoga Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic style of Hatha Yoga that has it’s root in Ashtanga Yoga. Classes consist of 30-45 minutes of uniquely sequenced Sun Salutations and Standing Poses to help warm up, strengthen, open and detoxify the body The later half of the class slows down with an emphasis on working a little deeper and with more detail. Depending on the theme one week you might: focus on opening hips or shoulders, workshop a specific pose, strengthen core muscles , or perhaps explore an aspect of the subtle body or something completely new to you as introduced by the instructor.
Please note we offer
Level 1 (for those who have attended less than 20 classes in the past year or prefer a slower paced class) and Level 1-2.
Restorative Yoga is a passive and supportive approach to opening the body and very similar to the more popular Yin Yoga. A series of seated and reclined positions are held for up to 10 minutes, allowing the body ample time to release, open, shift and relax. In this 75 minute class we also include some pranayama (conscious breathing), guided meditation and some optional use of essential oils.
IYoga in Motion is a combination of silent meditation and Yoga asana’s with active phases of movement and dance, selected music are carefully chosen to bring energy and relaxation. Not only will you have fun discovering new movements and expressions but also the added benefits of enhanced flexibility, breathing, and blood circulation. These are all measures of prevention and both heal and prepare your body and mind for next steps in life. Open to everyone! No previous experience with yoga or dance required.
10 Class pass 600,000 Rp
Green Citizens of the Week Award
Middle School Science Teacher Ibu Sarah sent us the following note and photo earlier this week. Nice work guys!
Chad, Ethan (on a tag-along attached to Dad’s bike) and I bike commuted from Penestanan, Ubud to Green School together this morning. Kind of cool to have a kindy student bike commuting, eh? We are hopeful to do it every Thursday morning…maybe even getting a child’s seat for Zoe to ride on the back of my bike. We can do it mostly on quiet roads and trails through Sayan, behind 5 Elements and on the subak trail along the Ayung River to Green School. This morning we were even blessed with about 5 sightings of the Javanese Blue Kingfisher along the subak. It was a magical ride!
BSSA Sports Update from Pak Colin
Football(Soccer) Final Games:
13/14 boys semi final vs BIS at Canggu at 2.30pm- bemo leaves 1.15pm(after lunch)
15+ Boys and Girls tournament at Canggu Thursday 27 September- bemos leave at 10.30am(after break)
For our season finale we’ll also be hosting the French School at Green School
Wednesday 26 September:
2pm: 6-8 yr olds (2 games)
2.45pm: 9/10 mixed team
3.15pm 11/12 boys team
Volleyball Training Schedule: 3:15-4:30pm
11/12 boys: Ibu Audrey
13/14 boys: Pak Yeshi
11/12 girls: Ibu Kriss
13/14 girls: Ibu Brynn
Wednesday: 15+Boys and Girls: Ibu Eva and Pak Colin
Thursday: 9/10 mixed: Ibu Mary and Pak Peter
We start the week of Monday 1 October. No training week of Mon 15th, except 15+ (MS Elective week) and Mon 22nd(half term break)
First round of games: Wednesday 7 November
Very important: At the first practice all teams will receive the BSSA permission form which parents have to fill in and send back to coaches.
Possible Studio at Green Camp: Your input at drop-off or lunch on Thursday 27 September
Design guru and GS parent John Alderson has been working with Green Camp director Conor McMuollan to found Possible Studio, an exciting partnership with Green Camp, fielding growing interest from schools and higher education institutions for programs designed to boost creative confidence. Here’ s some news regarding an upcoming project for which they request cooperation from the GS community. Nothing too strenuous– if you are around the campus next Thursday please do give the students a few minutes of your time. Thanks and terima kasih!
RP are back! A returning group of multidisciplinary design students from Republic Polytechnic in Singapore arrive next week to participate in Design Think Camp.
This intensive program co-facilitated by Possible Studio and Green Camp involves students taking on design & innovation challenges while immersing themselves in our nature-inspired campus. The camp’s creative process is supported through a range of experiential and engaging activities facilitated by the Green Camp team.
The challenges are proposed by members of the GS community and are relevant to all of us. We can’t give away too much about these, but they involve energy production and use at the school, and the new millennium bridge! RP’s students need to step into your shoes – parents, students, staff and visitors – to understand their challenge and create solutions.
This Thursday 27 September they’ll be doing fun, speed-date style interviews around the Heart of School, Warung and bridge to get your perspective on their challenge. Please do help them out!
John, Conor and the Green Camp instructors will be on hand should you have any questions.
Thanks for the Cool Shelters SP!
The students of Gr. 2 along with the early years neighbourhood would like to thank our Green Camp visitors from Singapore for designing, building and donating a series of shelters made from bamboo and other natural materials. The groups from Singapore Polytechnic took part in a design and build program where they were introduced to the many ways in which bamboo is used in design and construction. From tours of the PT Bambu factory to workshops with local bamboo craftsmen, the students gained an understanding of how this amazing sustainable resource can inspire designs for the future. We hope their experiences at Green Camp has provided them with new perspectives and insights that can support their ongoing studies at SP.
We know for sure that the shelters have provided lots of creative juice for our Green School kids over the past few weeks. Thanks again SP!
Conor on behalf of the Green Camp Team
Student Village Beach clean-up
Last Saturday, a group of sleepy teenagers from our very own Student Village left the house at 6:30 a.m. to join the Ocean Conservancy in cleaning up Bali’s beaches. Stationed in front of the Potato Head Beach Club and joined by the Canggu Rotary Club, Green School shined as Ritvik (Gr. 9), Ijin (Gr. 9), Yose (Gr. 10), Achyuth (Gr. 11), and Hunter (Gr. 7) picked up and classified different types of rubbish found on the beach to help fight pollution at its very source. Great job!
Sunday, 23 September: Bali Garden Party featuring performance by Kijani (aka Green School Marimba)
We just got the rundown for Sunday’s Bali Garden Party, a great family event that supports a good cause. You can see the schedule below or check out www.baligardenparty.com and www.tamanbhagawan.com. It’s a great family venue, right on the beach (Jason Mraz performed there last year) – You can go riding on the beach on horses provided by the Herfindal family, and once again, Green School’s very own Kijani will be getting their groove on and no doubt inspiring some frenzied dancing by the audience. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, 23rd, September
10am – 9pm
Tickets: Rp. 50.000 adults / Rp. 25.000 children below 12 yrs
Redeemable for wine / beer / soft drink / water
All Day starting from 10am – 7pm:
Kids activities, Arts & Crafts including kite making, face painting, kids spa, bouncy castle, horse riding, Soccer coaching clinic, Capoeira performance, eco education and many more.
Sponsored by Cubby House, Paon Beach Club, Caz Stable, BSSA (soccer coaching clinic), Brasilian Capoeira, Gandhi Memorial International School and Coca Cola Amatil.
10.30 – 11.30am: First Talk Show in centre Joglo.
11.45-12.45am: Second Talk Show in centre joglo.
12.30am: Kijani Marimba Band – (formerly the Green School Marimba Band)
1.30pm: Official Opening by rep of British Embassy & local Member of Parliament
2.00pm: Bali Angels: Classy & Sassy
2.30pm: Gandhi Memorial International School Band
3.30pm: Indian Dance performance sponsored by Bonita
4pm: In between at kids area, on grass lawn: Brasilian Capoeira performance
3.45pm: Bali Angels: Popular Classics
4.15pm: Jim Larkin & The Saucy Soul Band
5.00pm: Guest artist Mitch Woods (Blues)
5.30pm: Guest artist Istiqomah Arina Proboningtyas – Jazz classics
5.45pm: Bali Angels – Motown classics
6.15pm: Haelga Sedli on electric violin & Band
7.00pm: Lisa Soul & Friends (jazz & blues)
8.00pm: Mediterranean – Ethnic dance performance
8.15pm: Ryoshi Jazz Band: Afro Spirit -5 pcs band
9.00pm: Finale & Jam session with guest artists
Wednesday, 26 September, 7:00 PM at Betelnut (Jalan Raya Ubud) Hubud presents Ubud 20×20, powered by Pecha Kucha.
On Wednesday September 26th at 7:00pm the community co-working space Hubud – founded by three wonderboys/GS parents (Peter Wall, John Alderson, & Steve Munroe) – is presenting a 20 x 20 event at Betelnut in Ubud. 20 x 20 is sort of like a mini TED-talk series…. except shorter and snappier. The idea began in Japan a few years ago (called Pecha Kucha), and speakers present 20 slides, with each slide up for 20 seconds. It’s fast, enlightening, and entertaining…sometimes even inspiring. We have some great speakers lined up (perhaps even including a guest star or two from GS), so if you missed the last one in May, now’s your chance to attend Ubud’s intellectual event of the decade !
September 29 Nyuh Kuning Village Kids Festival
This is being held at Linda Garland’s estate, apparently on the very last day that it will still be Linda Garland’s estate. (Rumor has it that the new owner is an extroverted British billionaire and one-time GS visitor whose last name rhymes with Shmranson…) Funds for this event go to support cancer treatment for a local Balinese boy. Come on out, have a great day with the kids and support a worthy cause!
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