Last week Green School Bali welcomed more than 36 new families from 17 different nationalities to its bamboo campus in the jungles of Bali. We feel deep gratitude that these families despite the current circumstances around the world, have been so committed to our mission of educating in nature and educating for sustainability, and despite the challenges have all made it here to join our beautiful community.
“Something you will soon learn about Green School is that community is at the heart of everything we do,” our Head of Teaching & Learning, Sal Gordon, explained to our new families. “Today we embrace you as part of our community. You will be challenged, but rest assured we will face those challenges together, evolve together as a community, and work together to continue our mission of educating for a sustainable world.”
In addition to a warm welcome from Sal, our Head of Community, Kate Druhan, each of our Learning Neighborhood Heads, and Green School co-founders, John & Cynthia Hardy, spoke to the parents and students to share the many things they love about Green School, our learning program and our learning environment. The love for this island we call home could also be felt throughout the day, with parents experiencing Balinese dance with our local scholarship students, receiving a traditional Balinese blessing ceremony and hearing from our speakers how special the island is to them.
After the formal welcome, it was time to explore campus! See below for a look at some special moments from this year’s orientation day.