“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”
Dear Green School,
It’s a very wet Friday afternoon here as we celebrate the first big rain of the season, but even at 4:00 PM the campus is buzzing with life and activity!
As always, there is much to report and share. Of particular note this week are videos created by the high school, Grade 2A and Grade 6 respectively that are focused on some very interesting projects each class has been working on.
We hope to see many of you on campus tomorrow for our Green Apple Day of Service village clean-up with students from two neighboring schools!
Enjoy the newsletter, and enjoy the rain that makes this beautiful island so lush and verdant…
Terima kasih and thanks,
In this issue:
1. Green Apple Day of Service, Saturday 29 September, 10 AM-12 PM
2. World Bamboo Day!
3. Grade 6 Ayung River Project
4. Beware of Phone Scams Regarding Students
5. Friday, 5 October: Grade 1A Popcornapalooza in Support of Dr. Ating Foundation
6. Save the Date: Friday, 19 October – Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
7. New Tour Schedule and Policies on Bringing Visitors to GS
8. Ice Cream for i-Pads Bags Another One!
9. BSSA Update from Pak Colin
10. Green School Yoga Studio: Updated Schedule
11. Pak Adam Returns!
12. John Hardy to speak at TEDx Taipei
13. Saturday, September 29 2-5 PM Nyuh Kuning Village Kids Festival
14. Friday October 5: German Dimitriev Violin Concert in Seminyak
15. Our own weekly news
Green Apple Day of Service, Saturday 29 September, 10 AM-12 PM: Village Clean-up. Tomorrow!
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!
World Bamboo Day!
As everyone surely knows by now, last week marked the celebration of World Bamboo Day here at Green School. Following are reports from Grade 2A and the High School on their activities, with videos as well.
The following video was filmed, edited and produced by High School’s Guerilla Film Making class. High School poured themselves into the celebration of bamboo. Besides film-making:
Students, from grades 9-12 were split up into diverse groups studying a variety of concepts about carbon foot printing & bamboo. Groups were as follows:
- Marketing: students created a brochure for World Bamboo day to spread awareness about the cause, specifically working on the correct wording & advertising strategies.
- Sales: students were selling carbon footprint analysis to parents & visitors. They also went to John Hardy’s house to witness bamboo processing first hand.
- Media: students filmed the whole event & created a video for the assembly.
- Science: students focused on the studies of the carbon cycle & ways humans can offset their carbon footprint with a special focus on the special qualities & benefits of using bamboo. Students also put on an awesome song about their research at the assembly.
- Presenters: students were key speakers & organized the assembly.
Here is their very own film documenting all of these events:
To celebrate World Bamboo Day last week, grade 2A zeroed in on making learning resources with bamboo. So we made building blocks by sanding, polishing etc, as you will see in the video. We have been working on this project for over a week now and these blocks are almost ready. We should be able to present these to the early years program here at GS. Grade 2A has also been going weekly to Kindergarten, & PreK to read to their buddies. All this is part of our Enterprise education and/or COALs and/or civic engagement (having a hard time deciding one, perhaps has elements of all three).
Grade 6 Ayung River Project
Pak Glenn writes about the recently completed thematic unit Grade 6 did on the Ayung River. Please watch the beautiful video and take note of the original music. (I think I sense the golden touch of Ibu Sarita in there somewhere!) Nice work Grade 6 and Pak Glenn on yet another beautiful example of integrated learning at Green School…
For Grade 6’s first thematic unit of the year we explored the Ayung River, with visits to its upper catchment and its mouth to complement the time we spent along its banks as it flows through our campus. Along the way we took in the sights, sounds, and the smells of the river while taking special note of the feelings the river evokes in us. We looked at how we use and affect the river and talked to Balinese people about what the river means to them. The end product was a film that we’ve submitted to the Melbourne International Kids Teaching Kids Conference, which will highlight water issues around the world through student-led workshops and films.
Beware of Phone Scams Regarding Students
We recently received the following message from the principal of one of the other international schools in Bali. We haven’t heard of this type of thing happening within the GS community, but please use common sense if you do receive this kind of call.
“We are facing a problem for quite some time but looks there are no solutions.
Quite frequently, our parents are getting prank calls from people posing themselves as school staff and informing them about their child meeting an accident and is in hospital and stuff….. and asking them for money. We have already send numerous communications to parents that they should call up school if there are some issues and they are doing it. “
Friday, 5 October: Grade 1A Popcornapalooza in Support of Dr. Ating Foundation
Pak Jerry got this to us just before our publication deadline today. Go Grade 1 A!
Grade 1A will have a bake sale and popcornpalooza (It is our goal to see this word entered into the dictionary one day soon!) on Friday, October 5th during snack and lunch breaks in the Bale. All proceeds and donations will go toward the Dr. Ating Foundation. The famous Tarsier T shirts will also be on sale. Please see dratingfoundation.com for more information. Thank you very much for helping to support this very important environmental and humanitarian project.
Save the Date: Friday, 19 October – Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
Just a reminder that there will no school the last Friday before our mid-term break. Parents and teachers (and in some cases students) will be conferencing from 8am-4pm.
Teachers will be sending home information soon and asking parents to sign up for a conference time.
New Tour Schedule and Policies on Bringing Visitors to GS
It’s fair to say that we have one of the most parent-friendly campuses in the world. And we’re thrilled that so many of you want to share Green School with visiting family and friends. This is YOUR school (well, metaphorically at least), but we do ask that you try to schedule visits in such a way as to minimize disruption/distractions to the classrooms. (Hint: lunch is always a good time!) Please ask your guests to be very sensitive about taking photos– structures and gardens are fine. And if you do bring guests, we ask that you escort them around the school at all times. The only place unattended visitors can be is in the warung area.
In the same vein, we are now offering public tours of the campus every weekday at 3:30 PM. This is partially in an attempt to reduce some of the very large group sizes we’ve been seeing– many people from all over the world want to see for themselves what is happening here! If it’s at all possible to send your visitors on these tours, that would be preferable in terms of limiting the impact of visits during the school day. I promise to take very good care of your people! Details about the tours and an online booking form can be found here: http://www.greenschool.org/book-a-tour/
Ice Cream for i-Pads Bags Another One!
Huge thanks, terima kasih and domo arigato to Grade 7 student (and GS pioneer) Leeland Gentry, whose efforts to bring the best gelato in Bali to Green School a few afternoons a week have yielded yet another i-Pad for the GS library. This brings the total number of Ice Cream for i-Pads to approximately 742 (plus or minus approximately 738). Keep up the good work, Leeland, and please note that the Communications Department at GS is in desperate need of an i-Pad as well…
BSSA Update from Pak Colin
At the time of writing this we were just completing our football(soccer) season with games against the French School, the 13/14 boys semi final and the Senior Tournament both at Canggu Club. A synopsis to follow in next week’s newsletter…
VOLLEYBALL SEASON BEGINS!!
We start on Monday 3 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
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
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.
Green School Yoga Studio: Updated Schedule
Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions. B.K.S. Iyengar
We hope to see you there
Yoga Schedule for next week:
9:00-10:15 am : Vinyasa Flow Yoga level 1-2
9.00-10.15 am: Yoga in Motion
9.00-10.15 am: Yoga in Motion
9:00-10:15: Vinyasa Flow Yoga level 1
4:00-5:30pm: Yoga in Motion
9:00-10:15: Vinyasa Flow Yoga level
Pak Adam Returns!
Ibu Jan gave us some exciting news this week:
Pak Adam Felton will be back at GS as an Artist in Residence for 5 weeks working with high school musicians in music composition and stage sound reinforcement.
He is a rock star at GS with a huge following (especially with the little ones) and we welcome him back wholeheartedly.
Look for him at Laughing Buddha on Wednesday evenings in Ubud if you want to shake-a-leg after work…
John Hardy to speak at TEDx Taipei
On Saturday, 29 September, Green School co-founder, John Hardy, will speak at TEDx Taipei 2012: The Future is Now. John will speak about the creative and community-based businesses and learning that Green School has achieved in the past 5 years. He will highlight the entrepreneurial spirit of Green School parents and students including BuBam Cards and F.R.E.A.K. Coffee. Live streaming from the TEDx site will be available.
Saturday, September 29 2-5 PM Nyuh Kuning Village Kids Festival at the Linda Garland Estate
Here’s some more info on an event we first mentioned last week taking place on Saturday afternoon. (Note: you can still join us for the morning village clean-up!)
Dear Green School
I am writing to you about a cause that is very close to my heart in hope that you may be able to help us and be part of a wonderful historic event.
A little while back a 15 year old boy, known as Komang Alex in Nyuh Kuning, Ubud was diagnosed with a Brain Tumor with little chance of survival without the immediate treatment of a drug therapy course out of Jakarta. This family would never be able to raise funds for this so they gave in to the fact that he would live the best life he could until he passed. Fortunately for them Nyuh Kuning has a strong community spirit with many expats and Balinese working hand in hand together.
Linda Garland owner of Panchoran estate in Nyuh Kuning heard of the story through the sister of Komang Alex who works for her and immediately organized the first fundraiser for the beginning of his treatment Last year. They managed to raise enough funds for him to go to Jakartasee a specialists and begin Treatment. This has been very successful so far, However, Alex has Thus far completed Four out of the Six Recommended Treatments but Unfortunately the Funds have run dry.
As you may or may not of Heard Due to personal reasons Linda Garland has sold Panchoran Estate and the Handover to the New Owner starts on the 1st of October. As a last Gift to the Nyuh Kuning Community She is opening the gates for the Last Time to the General Public on the 29th and 30th of September in A bid to Raise enough money to Complete Treatment and continue his medical support whilst allowing Families to enjoy the magical property that has laid host to some of the greatest events.
We are now in full Swing trying to spread the word of Komang and in return are hoping firstly you will join us in the good cause and be with us at Panchoran retreat on the 29th for the Family day Fete Festival and Secondly As all items and services are Donated by people within the Bali Community to raise the funds needed we are looking for individuals and/or Companies to possibly donate a small piece of the puzzle I have listed a few of the things we are in need of below:
The event on the 29th will be held from 2- 5 pm at Panchoran Estate Nyuh Kuning
Friday October 5: German Dimitriev Violin Concert in Seminyak
Russian violin prodigy and friend of GS takes his show down south next Friday night… check it out!
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