January 19 2017 Issue

And the Winner Is…

Green School Bali!

From the jungle of Bali, to the centre-stage of one of the world’s most prestigious energy award ceremonies, our School was announced as the winner of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, for Global High Schools.

The winning prize gift of $100,000 USD was awarded to us by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, to embark on a project to build a 32kwh battery bank using used mobile phone and laptop batteries collected in Bali. The project will help reduce Indonesia’s growing electronic waste problem and help us to get off the grid completely. Most importantly, this prize means that we can offer another fantastic, hands-on learning experience for the students which we can share within Bali, Indonesia and the world.

After receiving news that we were one of the finalists for the prize, a small contingent of School representatives dusted themselves off, got dressed-up, brushed their hair and headed to Abu Dhabi to receive the award. Pak Noan, Mikel Gutierrez, (Grade 9 student) and Miguel Gutierrez  (Mikel’s dad and project supporter) were in attendance at the award ceremony, with the rest of us there with them in spirit.  We were delighted to have Mikel take to the stage to collect the prize, representing not only Green School, but representing a new generation of green leaders.

Let’s collectively take pride in this award. The ongoing support of our vibrant community has brought us to a place where we are making a real difference in the world today. Our collective impact is real, it is exciting and it is growing. Student and community-driven sustainability projects are the ultimate realisation of our philosophy of learning for sustainability. From KemBali to the BioBus, from our bamboo buildings, productive gardens and renewable energies, you are part of a Community of Learners Making Our World Sustainable.

We cannot wait to get started on the Battery Bank project. This is a big challenge, but one we know we can meet, with an entrepreneurial spirit and collective effort. With students playing a pivotal role in the project, we are on the look-out for parents who might have something to offer.

If you would like to play a part in the learning journey ahead, please let us know by emailing info@greenschool.org

U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S

Friday January 20

NO Assembly

8:30-9:30am | Touch Footy | Soccer Field

3:30-4:30pm | Basketball

Saturday January 21

9am-1pm | Saraswati Day

Monday January 23

8:15am | Yoga | Yoga Bale

8:30am | Jungle Run | meet at Freak Coffee

8:30am | Wild Fitness | Soccer Field Parking Lot

Tuesday January 24

8:15am | Yoga | Yoga Bale

10-11am | Zumba for Parents | Sangkep

8:45am | Bio Bus Tour to Chocolate Factory | Meet at farm stand at 8.50am

4-5pm | Gamelan | Music Room

Wednesday January 25

8:30am | Wild Fitness | Soccer Field Parking Lot

8:30-9:30am | Parent Wellness Workshop with Dr. Carli | Upstairs Warung

3:30-4:30pm | Kul Kul Connection Gardening | Meet at freak coffee

Thursday January 26

8:15am | Parent Yoga | Yoga Bale

9:00am | Chocolate factory Experience | Meet at freak coffee

3:30-4:30 | Insanity with Pak Dan | Sangkep (ASA)

4-5pm | Gamelan | Music Room

Friday January 27

Chinese New Year Celebration

8:30-9:30am | Touch Footy | Soccer Field

8:30-10am | GSPA Monthly Meeting | Sangkep

11am-Noon | Soap Carving | Sangkep

2-5pm | Farmers Market

3:30-4:30pm | Basketball





F R O M  O U R  C O M M U N I T Y

Please Collect Your Security Tags!

Dear Community,

Hopefully you had the chance to pick up your personal RFID tag, which allows you to enter and exit the Green School campus. If you did not have the chance yet to collect your personal RFID, feel free to swing by at the Welcome Desk next to the Visitor Entrance.

Please also ensure your driver has registered with the welcome desk and collected a ‘D’ tag to enter Green School. These are required to enter the school. No RFID tags, no entry. Also, we ask you to participate in making Green School a healthier and safer place by simply taking the following steps when you arrive at Green School. 1. Arrive at Green School’s Vehicle Check Point. 2. Please open your window. 3. Show your RFID pendant. 4. Drive slowly and safely to the designated parking and/or drop off area. 5. Use your RFID pendant to open the gate, when entering/exiting by tapping your personal RFID to the scanner. 6. Wear your RFID pendant visibly around your neck on campus. If we have not yet had the opportunity to say Hello in person, we would like to say from our hearts ‘Selamat datang di Green School’. -The Learning Environment Team

Saraswati Day this Saturday

Our Saraswati Day Ceremony is this Saturday, January 21. Please arrive at school at 09.00am as the ceremony will start at 9.30am. The purpose of the ceremony is to honor Dewi Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge, Music and Art. Balinese celebrate Saraswati Day every six months on Saniscara Umanis, Wuku Watugunung. It is based on the Pawukon (Balinese calendar) system. It is a very important ceremony especially for schools as Balinese believe that on this special day, Dewi Saraswati the goddess of knowledge blesses human beings with knowledge for their prosperity, peace, and the improvement of human civilization.

All students, families as well as staff members are invited to attend.

What to Wear: This occasion requires ceremonial clothing:

* women/girls: sarong, kebaya, and sash. Any colors are fine, but white and or yellow are traditional if you have them.

* men/boys: sarong, udeng (traditional and ceremonial hat in Bali. This should be white), with a white shirt.


8.00 – 09.00am Preparation for the offerings 09.30 – 10.00am communal ceremony (there also will be sacred rejang dance and mask dance perform by students and LSP parent) 10.00 -10.30am Dances performance 10.30 – 12.00pm Lunch and Clean Up

Special Kul Kul Connection Assembly Next Week ! Wear Your Siapa Lagi T-shirt

Friday, Jan 27 | 2:15-3:00pm in the Sangkep

You do not want to miss the special Kul Kul Connection assembly next Friday, Jan 27th!

How many students are enrolled at Green School? Around 400, right? Nope! Green School is a lot bigger than that. There are actually 700 students who study at Green School! Over 300 students are from the local community who come to learn english and partipate in different school programmes. We are proud to showcase the Kul Kul Connection program and the talent of our local students at the assembly next week. Please show your support by wearing your Siapa Lagi Kalau Bukan Kita T-shirt! You can buy your T-shirt from the Green School Shop.


Friday, tomorrow, one of the largest Brazilian TV media groups will be on campus filming and interviewing for the Surf Documentary ‘On The Waves’. We are super-excited to welcome the crew of 12 here on campus – including the likes of Gabriel Medina and Adriano de Souza! Communications, Pak Edu and Ibu Carol will accompany them from 11am-3:30pm while they are on campus.

What is V Day?

1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime.

Victory, Valentine, Vagina. The V in V-Day is intended to be symbolic of each of these three things. This year, we will be celebrating V-Day on February 14, 2017 with a daylong program full of community workshops on sexual education, One Billion Rising dance classes culminating in GS rising and dancing in solidarity on the Soccer Field, a special V-Day themed assembly, and, of course, a production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at 6 p.m. in the Sangkep.

This performance is open to the public, but due to sensitive material is recommended for kids ages 12+ only. Proceeds will go to support the Bali Street Mums Project.

Join us in our effort to end violence and abuse against women everywhere.

Parent Workshop With Dr Carli Axford next Wednesday

Join Dr Carli Axford & Discover In One Workshop How You Can Learn The Tools To Heal! Would you like to have •Less Pain? •More energy? •Less stress? •To heal yourself from illness and disease? •To be healthier than ever? Join us to learn simple tools to heal yourself that you can action immediately.  Carli will share all her knowledge with you so you can understand the cause of your symptoms or disease.  She will bring her table so if you have headaches, back pain or other illness or disease,  she can scan your body to help you understand the cause.  With 20 years of healing experience, she can feel your body very quickly and be able to let you know where you have nerve blockages and if the cause is either chemical toxins, physical trauma or emotional stress or a combination of all.

  1. We will be offering free transport to and from Saraswati Ceremony on Saturday (see poster for more info). Also, keep and eye out for more information on our Soap Carving Event next Friday (January 27th)!

  2. Hire for field trips, class parties, birthday parties, picking up and/or dropping off people at the airport, and anything else you can come up with.

  3. You can now also rent a diesel vehicle and fill up your vehicle at the Bio Bus Pump Station! And, we still have seats available on our bus! 


Soon, many Asian countries will celebrate the Lunar New Year (Jan, 28th). Chinese will celebrate the year of the Rooster (my sign !!! hihihi) Vietnamese call it Tet: Tet is the occasion for Vietnamese to express their respect and remembrance for their ancestors as well as welcoming theNew Year with their beloved family members. In Tibet it is called Losar. It is celebrated for 15 days. In Mongolia it is Tsagaan Sar.

Some of these nationalities are represented in our GS community. I am planing on organizing a special event during farmers market on Jan 27th to celebrate this new year. It would be a great opportunity to integrate this celebration in your classes as well with some of your students who may come from these countries.

P E  &  S P O R T

BSSA Basketball Practices start this week!

Students must wear shoes and athletic clothing to practice, and bring a water bottle – no shoes, no practice!TeamPractice DayCoach(es) 11-12 girls Tuesday Harriett 11-12 boys Tuesday Brett 9-10 mixed Wednesday Bambang, Desak 13-15 girls Thursday Jukka 13-15 boys Thursday Kiley 15+ girls Friday Kiley 15+ boys Friday Mauricio, Kyle

Each team will have a maximum of 10 players. We will only enter one team for 11+ and two teams for 9-10 mixed. Trials to form teams may be held by coaches during practice this week.

Sign-ups close immediately after the first practice. If a student is a no-show on the first practice without prior reason given to the coach, they will be removed from the team roster. Coaches have final say.

F R O M   C O M M U N I C A T I O N S

Congratulations to our Logo Hunters!

Tessalonika Krisanti and Viva Dio captured many different photos of Green School logos around the school for our This Is Green School Competition).

F R O M  G S P A


Put on your thinking hats…..

With the Marimbas in full swing, it’s time to turn our attention to the next GSPA Fundraising venture. Some ideas are already on the table, but we’d love more.

Please join us at the January GSPA Meeting and help us decide what’s next for GSPA …. and then we can officially rename the GSPA MarimBar!

Resilient Moves – with Dr Nicki Lorenzini – A panel of long-time GS parents share their experiences & answer your questions

Mark Your Calendar: Friday 3rd Feb 8.30-10am in the Sangkep

New parents don’t miss this popular session where a panel of long-term parents share their experience & answer your questions – from housing and hiring staff to remedies for mosquito bites. We will also be joined by Dr Nicki Lorenzini (Primary School Counselor) who will lead a discussion entitled ‘Resilient Moves – helping you understand the process of transitioning to a new school and country, and providing strategies that will help you and your family make a speedy and smooth transition to GS and to Bali.


Friday 27th January 8.30am @ Sangkep


  1. Welcome & Intro to GSPA for New Parents

  2. Next GSPA Fundraising Venture

  3. Volunteering at GS – how you can get involved

  4. Kembali – Ibu Pauline talks trash

If parents have an Agenda Item they would like to put forward please email gspa@greenschool.org.


  1. Go to Green School Website www.greenschool.org

  2. Click on Parent Login at top right of page

  3. Access code: AcademicYear2016_17


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