Green School History and Founders
Green School was conceived by its founders in 2006 following their excitement at reading the Three Springs concept document for an educational village community, authored by Alan Wagstaff. The school opened its doors in September 2008 with around 100 pupils and a tailor made campus that had only recently emerged from the jungle and rice fields. Since then it has grown physically and in student numbers.
Green School combines the talent of several and very differently gifted individuals. Its founders, John and Cynthia Hardy, have been residents in Bali for more than 30 years and recognise a unique opportunity to create something truly inspiring and outside of the structural, conceptual, and physical limitations of many traditional schools. Alan Wagstaff, educational consultant and the author of Green School’s original curriculum, has been involved in cutting-edge education for more than a quarter of a century. Jürgen Zimmer, professor at The Free University of Berlin, brings his hands-on educational experience to the School that has helped him develop a global network of schools. You can read more about the Green School Council of Advisors here.
John Hardy, a Canadian art student who was as creative as he was intuitive, made his way to Bali in 1975. Intrigued by the Balinese craft traditions, he settled there and began producing jewellery with local artisans. Cynthia, an American who would years later become his wife and business partner, arrived in Bali in 1982, as a stopover on a round-the-world trip while she was considering attending law school at Berkeley. She stayed in Bali and started a small jewellery business of her own, which, owing to her talents in analysis and logistics, became successful in its own right. This right-brain, left-brain pair was destined for one another, and in 1989, their professional collaboration turned out to be magical.
One of the keys to their success is that they have done well by doing good. From the beginning, John and Cynthia’s approach to business has been about making jewellery while being respectful to Bali’s land, its environment, its people and its culture.
Like everything else in John and Cynthia’s life, it became their mission to share with others the educational benefits that they were fortunate enough to provide their children, and Green School is the realization of that vision.
“We are building Green School to create a new paradigm for learning. We want children to cultivate physical sensibilities that will enable them to adapt and be capable in the world. We want children to develop spiritual awareness and emotional intuition, and to encourage them to be in awe of life’s possibilities.”
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