Short School Week & Updated Academic Calendar
Following Ibu Leslie Medema’s announcement last week, a quick reminder regarding next year’s Academic Calendar: The Indonesian Government declared June 1st as Pancasila Day. This day celebrates the birth of Indonesia’s philosophical foundation in 1945. It is a new national holiday celebrated in 2017 for the first time. Further, Vesak day was moved from May 10 to May 11th by the government after our school calendar was announced.
These two dates: May 11th and June 1st are no longer school days and have been changed on the calendar that you can find here and on the parents page (password: AcademicYear2016_17).
The Real Thing – Authentic Learning
What’s the chit chat that goes on around the Green School teachers ‘water cooler’? I’m glad you asked! Standing at the coffee warung (counter to the watercooler), I hear some of the most inspiring and engaging moments happening in education today. This week, I share with you one of these discussions; a thought piece from Pak Jesse Driver about authentic learning at Green School. –Ibu Leslie
In the United States growing up, I was exposed to a marketing campaign by one of the major sugar-water companies. This particular company was marketing its product as “The Real Thing.” Do your remember it? It is a powerful message, and it draws our attention to a basic human need. We need realness and authenticity in our lives. As humans, we are not satisfied with fake and contrived experiences. We will always be unsatisfied with impostors, frauds, and counterfeits. We want the real thing. We need the real thing.
Real education then is of utmost importance to any community that values people and learning. This type of education, authentic education, is very easy to define. It is when you really learn something, when you really grow, when you really change. Probably all of us can think back to a time or experience where we were changing and growing into who we are today. Some of these memories are painful, some are joyous, but we remember those particular life moments for their “realness” and that’s what made those moments truly matter.
When people are asked to ‘remember their favorite teacher’ while growing up, almost all adults have an immediate answer. Rarely can people recall a specific lesson plan from their favorite teacher, but always people remember how that teacher made them feel. Favorite teachers are the educators that made their students feel valued and capable. The way that favorite teachers create this feeling is through creating authentic, honest, and real opportunities for students to grow and change. Then they encourage the students to make the leap. Those students that make the real leap will be different once they land. They will have internalized that they can do “it”, whatever “it” may be. The range and diversity among authentic learning experiences available at Green School is astounding.
All around Green School, students are going through those authentic moments of learning, growth, and change. We know authentic learning happens by seeing it and hearing it all around the campus. We can see it in the facial expressions of engaged children whether they are demonstrating mastery of a skill or being pushed by new challenges. We can hear it when we ask them questions, and then listen to what they say about their experiences. Authentic learning is the easiest learning to ‘assess’ for anyone, because it is just recognizing change and growth. When it is real change, it is easy to see.
We recognize that our relationships, communities, economies, and the environment we live in are in desperate need of people capable of growth and change. It is our hope that authentic learning and change starts here at this school and in this community. We hope what is started here will spread far beyond borders and far into the future. We know that authentic learning experiences can truly last a lifetime and be source of continual inspiration and growth. We know that personal growth and change can spread to community growth and change, and from there, it can spread a great deal more.
Many years into the future, in quiet moments of reflection, Green School learners will think back to this place and this time. They will think to themselves “that mattered a great deal.” And we know that this will be the case, because real growth and change are happening now. Authentic learning at the Green School is widespread and growing. We can see and hear the future today.
–Pak Jesse Driver, Humanities Teacher, Green School Middle and High School
U P C O M I N G E V E N T S
FRI DEC 9
ALL DAY | Fun Friday: Celebrity Day
7.15 + 8.30am | Wild Fitness | Parking Lot Soccer Field
8 am – 3.30pm I Rice Cycle I Meet at Parking Lot
8.30am | Touch Footy | Soccer Field
2.30pm | Assembly | Sangkep
2-5pm | LAST Farmers Market of the Season | Warung Area
3.30pm | Basketball
3.30pm | FREE Origami Workshop | Heart of School
MON DEC 12
TUE DEC 13
8.15am | Yoga: Intermediate Vinyasa | Yoga Studio
8.30am | Full Moon Ceremony 4pm | Gamelan | Music Room
WED DEC 14
7.15 + 8.30am | Wild Fitness | Parking Lot Soccer Field
3.15-4pm | Storytime with Audrey | Library
3.30-4.30pm | KKC Gardening | KKC Community Garden
3.30pm | Gotong Royong (Working Bee) | Sangkep Mini-Field
THU DEC 15
8.15am | Yoga: Beg/Int Hatha | Yoga Studio
8.30-9:30am | Earthbound Stories | Sangkep
1.30pm Special Assembly Performance – Earthbound
4pm | Gamelan | Music Room
FRI DEC 16
All upcoming events can also be viewed on:
On the whiteboard outside school
Green School Website: Go to Parents Page (Access code: AcademicYear2016_17) and click on GS Community Events Calendar
Or, GS Parents Association FB Group
W H A T ‘ S O N
This Friday, the 9th of December, is a Fun Friday! This week’s theme is Celebrities Day. Come to school dressed as your favorite celebrity and get points for your house. We can’t wait to see your outfits!
It’s also last Farmers Market of the season, so please stock up on your favorite local ingredients and any gifty goods for the Holiday season.
Stories From Earthbound Next Week
TO ALL PARENTS & GREEN SCHOOL COMMUNITY: STORIES FROM EARTHBOUND
Thursday 15th Dec 8.30-9.30am Sangkep
Green School’s Traveling Semester program is back home after a four month journey through Indonesia, Greece, Italy, and Morocco. Join us at the final GS Assembly for 2016, where we will be recounting our travels through song, theatre, film and stories. Our semester’s theme was “The Rise and Fall of Civilisation Past and Present”. We focused on learning about triumphs as well as threats and injustices taking place in our world and telling the stories of the heroes we met along the way, dedicating their lives to making the world a more just and secure place. We are journalists, filmmakers, and performers and we are looking forward to sharing our stories with you – our Green School community. Look out for another short presentation at our final school assembly.
Full Moon Ceremony
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
8:30 until 9:00am, Eastern Part of Heart of School
Purnama, or full moon is a Balinese special ceremony day which takes place once a month. On this blissful day, hundreds of ceremonies are held in all corners of the island to honor the gods with beautiful Balinese offerings. Primary Green School as a part of a Bali community enriches and shares these unique experiences with our students.
Purnama ceremony exposes students to local cultural, religious, backgrounds and in so doing provide the opportunity for students to develop a greater understanding of diversity – both in Bali and worldwide. This allows students to interact with and learn from people who are different from themselves and to participate in new and unique experiences beyond their own communities. By experiencing this ceremony, we hope that it assists students to develop positive relationships with others, understand a broader range of perspectives, and develop the knowledge and skills needed for participation in our multicultural community, especially here at Green School.
F R O M O U R L E A R N I N G E N V I R O N M E N T
Security Updates from our Learning Environment.
It was agreed that we all aim for:
A safe, healthy, and nurturing learning environment that reflects the ethos of the school and diversity of our community.
In response to some community concerns and questions about the change the implementaion of the security policy has brought to Green School, the school has compiled an attached paper and update for your reference.
Please see updates here: link to PDF here
F R O M O U R C O M M U N I T Y
Lost + Found
Please visit the welcome desk to claim your lost belongings. The last date to claim any lost and found things is before Semester break on Friday, December 16, 2016. After that, all lost and found items will be donated to Kembali Recycling Center.
Time to Strengthen The Connection!
KKC team will keep the school buzzing over the coming holidays, to facilitate cooperation with local schools and establish a harmonious relationship to develop a sustainable educational community. KKC will host a 3 days workshop on Living Values Education (LVE).
It is a way of conceptualizing education that promotes the development of values-based learning communities, and places the search for meaning and purpose at the heart of education. The workshop offers a training and practical methodology for educators from up to 20 neighbouring schools at various learning neighborhood (SD-SMA) and will be held on 19-21 January.
KKC will also initiate a formal cooperation between Green School and local schools by proposing to formally send their students to join the KKC Learning Program (an after-school English & Eco-literacy learning program for local students who live around our campus). By taking this step, KKC strives to embody the GS mission by establishing a broader community of learners making our world sustainable.
KemBali Ke Sekolah (KemBali to School)
KemBali Ke Sekolah is a project of KemBali to replicate the program in schools all around Bali. We have been busy working on a module for other schools to implement the system. This week, we are very excited to announce that we will install KemBali separation bins in SD N 1 Sayan. It will separate 6 categories of recycling: organic, paper, plastic bottles, plastic glasses, plastic bags, and sampah or non recyclable. On Wednesday, we started with education for grade 3 to 6 about waste categories and management.
The next one will be in SMP N 3 Abiansemal, located in Sibang Kaja, where we are going to have KemBali replicated in the school. Their students association and a group of students environmentalists are excited to take over KemBali in their school. Kindly visit our facebook page and instagram to get updates on our exciting upcoming projects!
And, before the year ends, we remind you to start sorting your belongings! Anytime KemBali is open, drop your preloved goods to KemBali, because your stuff might be treasure to others! KemBali operational hours: Monday – Friday, 08.00 – 15.00 WITA.
Japan Fest At Green School
Thank you to the community for sharing their absolute beauty and care for every detail at last week’s Japan Fest. There was excellent food, tea ceremony, delicious plum liquor and sake, delightful colors everywhere and the constant smiles. We hope this is the beginning of a greater movement at Green School to celebrate and share our great diversity of communities and cultures. Which community will we celebrate and share next? Drop our Community Relations Manager Ibu Sophie an email at email@example.com with ideas?
H I G H L I G H T S
Featured by “Fun For Louis”
P E & S P O R T S
House Volleyball Finals
Friday 9 December 2016 at the Gym
Period 1 (8.45-9.35) – Grades 1-3 games
Period 2 (9.35-10.25) – Grades 4 & 5 games
Lunch (12.15-13.15) – High School games
Period 5 (13.15-14.15) – Middle School games
Well done to our senior girls and boys teams for their effort in the BSSA Volleyball tournament on Tuesday 6 December. A special congratulations to the A division girls’ team for their win over Dyatmika in the finals to take the 2016 BSSA Volleyball Championship!
G R E E N S C H O O L P A R E N T S A S S O C I A T I O N
GSPA would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday & we look forward to a wonderful second semester, full of fun and a whole new batch of families who will join our vibrant community.
If you’ve been at GS now longer than a month you are officially an ‘old timer’ & we trust that you will join us in making all the newbies feel welcome in January.
We’d also like to wish all the GS families leaving us a fond farewell, and to thank you for everything that you have contributed to the School. We wish you all the best for the next chapter in your lives whatever that brings.
FINAL MARIMBA UPDATE
WE DID IT! The Silent Auction has closed, the Live Auction bidders have been tracked down, the wonderful Japanese community made a very generous donation after their fabulous event last Friday, and the final tally is in…..GREEN SCHOOL IS NOW THE PROUD OWNERS OF A MARIMBA SET! (Details of Marimba classes will be announced next Term)
Next GSPA Meeting
Friday 27th January – Sangkep @ 8.30am
Welcome to New Parents
Next GSPA Fundraising Venture
If parents have an Agenda Item they would like to put forward please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents Association FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1477460235873670/
The Lodge at Student Village – Open For Guests
Immerse yourself in the full village community experience and stay with us in the new Student Village Lodge.
Located just 5 minutes walk from Green School within our eco-village, the Lodge is the perfect location for those who want to extend their visit following the Green School tour or to stay with us following one of our workshops and have the chance to fully experience Sustainable Living.
During your visit, you will be able to fall asleep to the natural sounds of the jungle in a room made from 100% bamboo, have a swim in the natural spring pool by the Ayung River on your doorstep, and walk around our permaculture gardens to learn about the different herbs, plants, vegetables and fruit that we grow and consume sustainably.
Information and Reservations at http://studentvillage.greenschool.org/index.php/svlodge/