GSPA Meeting March 21

Monday 21 March | 08.4 | Sangkep

All parents/caregivers are members of the GSPA, so that includes you! Please join us at the next meeting and get up to date on all that is going on in our school, hear about what is on parents’ minds and close the loop on some outstanding items.

Proposing an agenda item
If you have an issue you would like to propose for the GSPA meeting agenda, simply email and give us the low-down on your thoughts (idea, concern, possible solution). We collate all issues and prioritise for up-coming meetings. Come along to speak to your issue, or, if you can’t make it, we will bring it forward on your behalf.

Before you send us an email, please check the following:

  • If your issue pertains to your individual child or an immediate operational issue, please channel it appropriately through the school.
  • Consider possible solutions to your concern as part of bringing the issue forward.
  • Be ready to speak to or write to your issue or idea so we can all understand.
  • We always keep in mind the IRESPECT values when bringing forward a concern.
  • Please remember we are all volunteers, ideas for new community initiatives are great, but even better when we come with a commitment to lend a hand to bring them to life.

We love having loads of parents and great discussion at the meetings. We also respect people’s precious time commitment so we always stick to the agenda.

Record of actions from 22 February GSPA Meeting


Action Item Status

Clarify & publish the parent/student procedure for handling discrepancies on cash cards

Installation of fans in high school classrooms and sangkep

In progress

Water coolers with cold water throughout the school

In progress

Consideration of a parent survey to identify the issues with the cashless card


Call for cooperation from parents in regards to dropping off at front entrance – cars are to proceed into the carpark before students and parents disembark please

In progress

School to publish Behavior Management Policy and Food Policy


Email regarding re-enrolment and detail on tuition/program changes for next year

Lunch time to be reviewed so that young students don’t miss out. Open
Items to be carried forward Meeting

Safety and Security

21 March
Parent/student communications 21 March
Toilet renovations 21 March

Living Green

Sustainable Household Showcase Event

 16 March | 9.00 – 14.00, Bamboo Village
Just for you Green School parents, our first ever, practical, household focused, inspirational and fun workshop on green living. From what we eat and where we buy it, how we clean our homes and ourselves, through to managing waste and water, this event has it covered!
The Green School Student Village is a showcase of inspiration and will open the doors for us to explore new ways of living. We will share a morning snack and lunch together – all produced locally and sustainably – delicious! A donation towards the cost of lunch, on the day, would be lovely.
We will meet in the green warung area and walk together across the bridge to the Bamboo Village. Let us know you are coming – rsvp to
Look out for more in this series, which will roll-out weekly:
• Garden to Plate – inspiration and practical skills on preparing and cooking with local produce that your family will love.
• The Red Tent – all things special to women – health, emotions, wisdom.
  • Body beautiful – lessons from our mother (earth) on keeping beautiful – naturally.

Spa Sojourn

Monday, 14 March, 9.00 to 2.30
A mixture of purpose and sheer relaxation – this is going to be a special experience. The most beautiful day spa is going to be all ours for the day. We will begin with a choice of one hour treatments massage Rp.180,000, facial Rp.170,000, manicure Rp.160,000 or pedicure Rp170,000 plus tax and gratuity. After we are all done with the treatments, we can enjoy a swim, sauna and jacuzzi. A light lunch will be provided while we lounge pool-side. This gorgeous spa is a registered not-for-profit enterprise and, so this is pampering with a purpose. We are booking out the spa for the day, so cannot afford cancellations. We have space for 10-15 people only, so please do rsvp to by Friday 11 March and pay Rp 190,000 to support the BioBus, GSPA and all that they do for you.

Location Independent Lifestyle

2 March | 8.45 – 10.15

Sounds good doesn’t it? Open your eyes to the possibilities and understand the practicalities of this lifestyle, from people in our community who have real experience in establishing a way of working to sustain themselves and their family in beautiful Bali.

Let’s listen and learn from those who are ‘living the dream’. Grab your coffee or juice and head upstairs in the Green Warung.

Parent Field Trip – Seminyak Secrets

Monday 29 February, 9.00 to 2.30

We are off again! This time the BioBus and tour guide extraordinaire, Leah Newman, is off for a spot of shopping in Seminyak. Discover markets, jewelry and all things kitchen and bathroom. This magical mystery tour will be stopping at some well-hidden gems, that are off-the-beaten, tourist track.  So bring your re-usable shopping bag and join the fun. Lovely lunch at Sisterfields will top off a great morning out.

BioBus transport, special gift and guided tour will set you back just Rp190,000. Please confirm you will join by emailing and pre-paying at the Finance Department, Shanti House in an envelope marked ‘GSPA, Parent Tour’. Funds go straight into the official GSPA bank account to support our fundraising efforts to purchase a Marimba set for the school. Your payment confirms your seat on the bus, so please do pay in advance so you don’t miss out.

Get You Fix – Organic Coffee Experience

23 MARCH |  8.45 to 10.15, UPSTAIRS GREEN WARUNG

Green School’s very own coffee guru, Pak Asher (of FREAK Coffee fame) will be igniting our senses with a coffee experience which takes our understanding and experience of this magic brew to a whole new level.

Don’t even think about making yourself a cup before you get to school, instead, immerse yourself in a full coffee experience under the expert curation of Asher. Hear all about the history, benefits and latest findings on coffee, as Asher prepares to launch his book

Community events: Green School Farmers Market

Every second Friday from 22 Jan, 2pm onwards
Continuing by popular demand, the markets provide the opportunity for enterprising students, parents and members of our local community to bring their art, craft, food and music into our community. If you, or your child would like to secure a table to sell your wares, or if you are able to join our organising team, please email

Healthy, Happy Parents – Yoga Class

(beginners welcome in all classes)

Parent yoga continues under the expert and inspiring tuition of Pak Budi on Monday and Wednesday, 8.15 in the yoga studio.Contemporary dance will lift your spirits on Thursday afternoons at 2.00 to 3.00 in the yoga studio. Wild Fitness is for anyone who wants to get fit, toned and feel full of energy. The Wild team will be ready and waiting to get you going on the field in the carpark every Wednesday and Friday at 8.15am.  Ecstatic Dance is the place to be to truly let go and let it flow, every Wednesday, 3.30 to 4.30 in the Sangkep.

A beautiful blessing at Tirta Empul

Wednesday 3 Feb | 9am to 2.30pm

This very special parent outing will take us to a sacred water temple where our guide, Ibu Kadek, will lead us through a blessing ceremony and provide us with a wonderful Balinese lunch. Ibu Ika will help us prepare, by providing some cultural enlightenment on Balinese ceremonies and practices before we depart for the temple on the BioBus. Total cost including transport, offerings, entry ticket, temple donation and lunch is Rp240,000. Places are limited, please rsvp to

Thriving Through Transition

Wednesday 27 Jan | 8.45 | Upstairs in the Green Warung

This discussion circle is for new parents and those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the process and impact of moving country and/or school on young people. Pick-up practical strategies, based on research and experience, to help achieve a smooth and speedy transition into your new community. Brought to us by Dr Nicki Lorenzini, School Counselor, Psychologist and member of the Interchange Institute and the Families in Global Transition Network.