Green school philosophy makes impact on director
It’s a place where buildings are made primarily from bamboo and shoes for students are optional. Surfing, scuba diving and graffiti are all included in the curriculum, and children from 25 countries throughout the world pay $19,000 a year to attend.
Welcome to Bali’s Green School, a one-of-a-kind school for those in prep to Year 12, nestled on 8ha of jungle land abutting the Ayung River about half an hour from Ubud.
The school, created by former jewelry designers John and Cynthia Hardy, has been operating for about 10 years now, and has grown from 90 students to more than 400, with the aim of having 20 per cent of those local children on scholarships.
Students can take classes in different age groups but at the core of the curriculum is three frames of learning.
These include the thematic frames which covers emotional, intellectual, creative and physical engagement within a chosen theme.
The second frame focuses on compulsory subjects of maths, English and Indonesian language. The third frame features subject such as environmental education, physical education and performing arts.
It’s a school that has left an undeniable mark on Goodstart Early Learning Warragul – Sutton Street centre director Elissa Wuoti who recently spent time in Bali with her sister, visiting the school.
“I heard about this amazing school a while ago and had always wanted to visit. I was working for Apple at the time in Hong Kong, London and Australia but education was my passion,” Ms Wuoti said.
“I came back to Australia and joined Goodstart as a centre director but was still interested in seeing how the Green School works.”
Ms Wuoti spent five hours touring the school and admits she returned to Australia trying to work out how she could move there with her two-year-old daughter permanently.
“But then I sat down and thought about how I could bring some of my learnings to Australia and to Goodstart,” she said. “I want to affect positive change, practice sustainability and influence educators and people’s lives as they come into contact with myself and the centre.”
Since her return from Bali, she has put plans in practice, including introduction an edible garden to the service and creating a space for meditation and yoga practice for the children where they can regulate their emotions.
“it’s all an ongoing journey and I’m revising it.” Ms Wuoti said.
“The Green School’s philosophy, values, mission and approach to education is represented throughout their school from the food they eat to the ratio of teachers to integrating traditional Balinese culture. These are all aspects of education we can look at replicating here.”