June 19 2017 Issue

Dear Green School Community,

What a journey. The last two weeks have been full of community spirit, rituals, graduations, ceremonies and transitions wishing farewell to important parts of our community – including students, parents and faculty.

One of the best parts of our community is how we get to share this experience with so many people from around the world. So as we bid farewell to some of you, know you have a special place in our hearts and will always be part of the Green School Family. Please keep in touch. Our bamboo gates are always welcome to you when you come back to Bali.

Have a wonderful break. We look forward to welcoming you back on campus in early August.

Warmest Wishes

Leslie Medema

Head of Learning / Principal

W H A T’ S   O N

June 16- August 8

School Break

Tuesday August 8

New Parents Orientation Day

Wednesday August 9

First Day of School


Academic Calendar

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Congratulations Class of 2017

Our graduation ceremony is a very intimate community event. We thank you to everyone who came out to support our Graduating Class of 2017. It was such a lovely evening. Here’s a few highlights of what makes Graduation special at Green School!

What Makes Green School Graduation So Memorable?

1) We do it in Style

Beautiful decorations & food from Ibu Kadek & our fabulous staff.

2) Custom-made graduation hats with individualised messages

3) Pre-grad ceremonies and rituals – including a pre-graduation dinner, a water blessing and Moving On Ceremony with Ibu Kadek, a mudpit Rite of Passage Mempantigan extravaganza with Pak Putu Witsen, a two hour concert on the football field in the rain, (Glastonbury style) before the ceremony, and a procession from their homeroom to the Sangkep led by John Hardy and our Balinese dance group.

4) Motivational Speakers from around the world. This year our speakers included Explorer Milbry Polk and Mike D from the Beastie Boys. If you missed the ceremony, you can catch the Facebook Live videos on our Facebook Page. Click on Videos.

5) Co-Valedictorians selected based on our I-RESPECT values

In traditional high school’s, the Valedictorian is chosen based on grades. At Green School however, our valedictorians are chosen by the Grade 12 students based on how well that person represents and upholds our iRespect values: integrity, respect, empathy, sustainability, peace, equality, community, and trust. This year two students were chosen. Milo Le Berre and Sophia Kim.

Sophia, who has become known as the first Green School student to turn math into stand up comedy, is passionate about – you guessed it — math, solving puzzles and sleeping. Voted probably the nicest person in the world, she leaves a wonderful legacy at Green School, which she developed with Maxwell Hidajat – the Bio Bus App. Congratulations Sophia!

Milo has entertained us all with their incredible talent for music and performing – the marimba, the drums, and the now famous rendition of I Want a Pet and Testify. Milo’s passions are you guessed it music and performing – and people. Gifted with an enormous heart, sense of fun and inclusion – Milo has an incredible ability to bring people together. Milo’s legacy to Green School – Ibu Leslie, hair flinging, thrashing it out in the mosh pit on Green Stone Day to Testify.

6) Gradumon Tradition

For five years now, Ben Fijal and Chayton Thompson have made Pokemon style game cards called Gradumon as a gift to our graduates. These playing cards highlight some of the quirkier characteristics and super powers of the grade 12 students. Although they’re a bit taller, and a bit less cute than when this tradition first started, Ben and Chayton do a great job at capturing the best of the quirky side of our graduating class (with a little help from Green School parent and Chayton’s mum, Joanna Guelke).

7) Heartwarming Speech from Parents

This year, Louis Robinson’s mum Claudia Esau provided a funny and heartwarming look at what it takes to be a Green School Parent. We all come from various walks of life, but are humbled and on the same page when it comes to using the same bathrooms! Thank you Claudia and family for being part of our community for the last four years.

Celebrating Good GoodByes – Transition Ceremonies & Rituals For The Community

Around the school we had various ceremonies and rituals that help our students step up and transition well to their next grade and journey. Middle School’s turn last week with their graduation ceremony after their Quest Presentations. Our students were welcomed and ushered upstairs and along the High School bridge and welcomed by the High School team/  Then the week ended with our Kindergarten members of the community’ stepping up to Grade 1. In the Kindergarten Ceremony, our Kindy teachers walk our Kindergarten students up into the loving arms of the Primary School teachers.

Primary School also had their ‘Good GOODBYE’ assembly, which included building a Raft, a circle of high fives and the G5 graduation line.

Dr Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go played a role in both grade 5 and grade 12 ceremonies although we slightly adapted this as our community often doesn’t wear shoes!

Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

Thank You Ibu Helen! Time Of Our Lives

‘Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road, time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go….’

Ibu Helen, we have no words to sum up what you have gifted to our community. How on earth can one person give so much to a community? Everything from advising people on relocating their pet dog to Bali, to redesigning enrolment processes, to representing the parent voice on the Board of Management, right through to the side-splitting, jaw-dropping comedic/theatrical performances (complete with wigs and stilettos).  All wrapped-up in one tiny package.

While we will miss you terribly, we will try not to focus on the ‘good-bye’. As the children in Primary say, let’s have a ‘good-good-bye’ and celebrate you and all you have gifted to Green School. So Selamat Jalan our friend and keep some space in your diary for at least one or two return visits for special occasions next school year. We will all continue to need a good dose of Helen from time to time.

On behalf of the entire Green School community, we wish you all the very best as an ’empty nester’ (despite your youthful appearance :). Adorable, intelligent, strong, vibrant and kind – thank you, you are a legend and life-long member of the Green School family.

‘It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right, I hope you had the time of your life.’ (Because we sure did!)

Big love and many hugs from your Green School family.

Building A RAFT. How to Do Good Goodbyes

Our school is a continuing evolving mix of transitional community and long term parents – both communities bringing a special value to the school. There are number of important and rituals that are an important part of the curriculum and community. Our Primary School Counsellor, Nicki Lorenzini, who recently spoke at the Family In Global Transition (FIGT) conference in the Hague at the beginning of the year has some tips on leaving and staying well. Please read below to learn more.

Pre-departure – How Parents can Help their Primary Aged Children Transition Well out of Green School:

Let your children take their own photos – You might be surprised by what they consider significant!

Fill a treasure box or make a memory book – Once in your new place, the contents will spur ongoing conversations and revive memories.

Bury a time capsule or plant a tree – leave a little of you in the place you’re leaving.

Plan final visits to places – Mindful farewells matter, and farewell visits help children assimilate the reality of moving.

Talk about leaving – Speak honestly, allowing for differences, and allowing for changes in feelings.

Create a countdown calendar – Especially for younger children, time can be a very abstract concept.

Involve children in planning and packing – It’s human nature to gain stability and wellbeing from being in control and having influence in your environment. The experience of moving can disturb this feeling; help children regain the balance.

Say a proper farewell – in whatever meaningful way works for your children.

Use internet resources – e.g. www.expatchild.com

Think about the timing of the disposal of possessions – A surprising number of young children negatively associate moving with having to give away their ‘stuff’.

Read leaving books – Green School library has many of these. They serve to normalise feelings of leaving and open the door for important conversations.

Make realistic plans to stay in touch – teach your children that connections can sustain across distance.

Research you new place – make plans to continue hobbies/pastimes (they are an important part of your child’s identity), make links to teachers and students in your new school. Get excited!

Avoid nasty surprises for kids – If you’re leaving pets behind, don’t break this news at the last moment.

Put favourite things in hand luggage – moving can be a fragile rather anchorless time; transition objects provide anchors.

Parent helpfully at a busy time for all – Accept temporary behaviour change; maintain behaviour expectations and boundaries; keep routines; make time for fun; and make MORE time than normal for talking.

How Parents can Help their Primary Aged Children who Stay when Friends Leave:

Empathise with their range of feelings – there are no rights or wrongs.

Balance out friendship loss – Maintain normal activities, routines, contact with people and places. Personal identity and security can become fragile for your child when a friend leaves. Give a boost by reinforcing the familiar and secure.

Build a Stayers RAFT – help them reconcile friendship problems, affirm what friends have meant to them, say farewell and talk about the reality of life in a mobile community.

Make a plan to stay in touch – it teaches that friendships can sustain over distance and time.

Exchange farewell tokens with those leaving or plan a goodbye event – it starts conversations between your child and the person leaving, and stops denial or avoidance. It ensures closure, which allows your child to move on and make to have the resilience to make new friends.

A R O U N D   C A M P U S

Pictured above (top to bottom) Kindy Graduation, Primary Leavers Assembly, Middle School Graduation & Grade 5 Footprints Showcase.

Keep up to date with what’s going on in the various Learning Neighbourhoods & classes around the school over on the School Blog: http://blog.greenschool.org/

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“It’s never been my desire

To write about schools

In fact, I tried running away from mine

Because I thought it was run by fools

From nature we come

To nature we go

This is the nature of things

And that’s what I wanted to show

To my children,

A world both raw and fragile

Held together by dreams

Both firm and agile

I brought my little ones to Bali

To live and study amongst you

Not because I care for schools

But to see and learn what’s true

Hugging trees, hugging strangers

What a wonderful way to embrace

All things strange and unfamiliar

With gratitude and grace

Both the vessel and the journey

This green school is divine

It not only taught my children

It also opened, this mind of mine

One life, one planet

It’s as simple as that

To treasure them both

Is how I tip my hat

Sustain and flourish

Don’t just survive

Create change and nourish

Learn how to thrive

It’s here I discovered

The word cool lives within school

This one is both hip and bright

With compassion and charm

you are all a beacon of light

To governments and corporations

In a world both warm and blind

Electing profits above its people

To them I say, step in and find

These Green School stories

Are both legends and fables

Giving voice to new green leaders

Nurturing stallions in its stable

Every colour of the rainbow

Shines bright in this school

It’s not just Green,

It’s every shade of cool.”

Gaurav Sinha

Father of Amelia, Jude & India

Oh, The Place You’ll Go – With A Green School Twist

Our Co-Valedictorians adapted an inspiring poem that they read at the Graduation Ceremony. 


Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places!

Concordia, Quest, Cornell, Jacobs, Hampstead, Evergreen, UCLA, UNBC, IPDN You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head, (well, if you’re Maxwell You have feet in your shoes, unless you’re Gabrielle You can steer yourself any direction you choose, Since we all learnt to drive in Bali You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the human being who’ll decide where to go. You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” Dek will say that about everything because he never wants to go anywhere. With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street. And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. Australia, London, America, Canada, India, Spain. It’s opener there in the wide open air. With lots of sun, just for you Toby. Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. No panic attacks from Sofi and Alessia. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! Which of course will be documented by Taj, Toby, and Reo. You’ll join the high fliers, who soar to high heights, where you’ll might even bump into Borys one night. You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed, Miro and Swenia, you’ll have to help us with that. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be the greenest best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that when the Green School bubble is popped, Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you, You can get all hung up on an itchy bamboo perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch. You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump. And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done, no more Pak Josh to cry on. You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Just like Bali Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. Just like a Bali A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Or a sharp shard of glass Leeland, that cut through your skin. Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win? And IF you go in, should you turn left or right… or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place… …for people just waiting. Waiting for a book draft to go, or a concert to come, or tonsils to heal, so you can have some fun or your agent to ring, or the vinyl to press or shopping and shopping for the perfect dress or waiting till those credits are done and finally getting off your bum Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting around for the party tonight or waiting, perhaps, for the tattoo to heal for the film to develop, for the green zone to feel for those new supreme boxers, or the medal to win for that perfect song, and the records deals to kick in. Everyone is just waiting…. NO! That’s not for you! Green Leaders destined for fame. Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying You’ll find the bright places where Madus Renus are playing. With the crowd all cheering, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy! Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There’s the UN to be lobbied and Ted Talks to be done. And the magical things you can do with your voice, speaking up and raising awareness, will make you the winning-est winner of anyone’s choice Fame! You’ll be as famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you crowned like Tya, on TV, Except when they don’t Because, sometimes they won’t. I’m afraid that sometimes you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ’cause you’ll play against you. All Alone! Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot. And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your baggy Pelu pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on. But on you will go, Protected by Jade and Logan, though the Canadian winter be foul. On you will go, Protected by Reo and Alia, though your meat eating enemies prowl On you will go, though the Bali Starlings howl. Onward up many a slippery mud pit, though your arms may get sore and your nike sneakers may not fit. On and on you will hike, or kayak, or bike, with your helmets of course And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your challenges whatever they are. You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up so be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be sustainably yourself. And never leave your good conscience on a bamboo shelf. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed, right Sophia?)


be your name Tya or Ria, or Reo or Miro, or Swenia or Alia, or Milo or Pedro,  or Toby or Taj, or Nic or Dek, or Louis or Sofi, or Leeland or Gab or Max or Sophia, or Jayden or Will, or Alessia or Kyla, or Jade or Melinda. You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!

By Dr Seuss (with additions from Milo & Sophia) 

Learn to cook Balinese food

Last week our three older daughters came over from Fremantle, Western Australia to visit us and their two younger green school siblings.

They were here for a week. During that time they visited the Green School several times, and were overwhelmed by the spirit of the place.

One particular visit deserves mention. Our second eldest daughter Chunyi is a passionate cook and was impressed by the food served at the Green Warung. She was very keen to watch the food being cooked, so I asked if that would be possible. Through Kate Druhan and Pak Wayan, Chunyi was given permission to help prep one morning and watch the Nasi Kuning and Bumbu Bali being made.

We turned up on a Monday morning and were greeted by Ibu Kadek who spent two incredibly generous hours with Chunyi, giving her prep to help with and explaining the steps as she went. I was there taking photos and translating where needed, but it was almost unnecessary as Ibu Kadek was a natural, really wonderful teacher. The two hours finished with Ibu Kadek plying us with samples of delicious food and then a hug each. It was Balinese kindness at its best, and we were both very moved by the experience.

All our thanks to Kate, Pak Wayan and especially Ibu Kadek.

Mark Monaghan and his daughter Chunyi.

Positions Vacant

Call for Interest — IT Implementation Specialist

Green School is likely to hire an IT Implementation Manager starting in August/September 2017 for 1 academic year.  This person should have “solution Architecture” experience, experience with implementing multi-step and multiprogramme solution projects.  Experience with educational IT software preferred. This person will also train the ongoing manager of the system solution implemented.

If interested in more information, please send your CV and statement of interest to Leslie Medema at leslie@greenschool.org.  The selection and hiring process will commence towards the end of June.


Dear community, if you have photos or videos you would like to share with the community, please send your links or images to us at media@greenschool.org

F R O M    O U R    C O M M U N I T Y

Kul Kul Connection

Matur Suksma Ping Banget! Thank You Very Much!

It’s been an amazing semester for us Kul Kul Connection! Facilitating sustainability learning process for 350 kids from our neighborhood for the first time (it is the biggest number of students since the beginning of KKC Learning program), collecting over 1.6 tonnes of recyclable trash, doing performing arts almost every month, trip to menjangan, and so many other exciting moments!

We are very grateful being part of this community, we hope our endeavors would have been valuable for our community and beyond and we could help Green School to progress into an integrated community of learners making our world sustainable!

Have a great break!

Bio Bus

We say a big farewell to our beloved Pak Camillo. We wish you all the best!

P E & S P O R T

BSSA Athletics 2017 Results

G S P A – Gratitude Attitude!

Photo Credit: Green School Parent, Nadya Hutagalung

Thank you to everyone in the community who contributed food, gifts, poems, letters, pictures, dances and songs and a whole lot of love for our wonderful teachers. What a day of events and celebrations across all the school Learning Communities: there was the Full Moon Ceremony at the school temple for Primary, the beautiful Kindy Graduation Ceremony that did not leave a dry eye in the house, Early Years Pot Luck tea and musical celebration for the team of teachers and supporters that all work together to make Green School Early Years so special and then the wonderful Primary, Middle and High School presentation of Gratitude Baskets by parents and Class Ambassadors – what a day!

Assembly was filled to the brim with wonderful moments and the Bon Jovi finale was awe-inspiring.

Once again, thank you to everyone who contributed anything to make this such a special day.

Thank You Ibu Helen For Your Leadership & Community Building

Looking ahead – the new school year…

New Parents Orientation Day: Tuesday August 8, 2017 First Day of School:  Wednesday August 9, 2017

Please remember that all Green School parents are members of the GSPA and are welcome to attend all meetings

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


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