The count-down is on as our fifth graduating class of Green Leaders prepare to present their Green Stones, in just a few weeks time. We could not be more proud of our Class of 2017!
What is Green Stone?
Green Stone is Green School’s High School capstone experience. It gives students the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of core skills and offers an extended period of focus on individual interests in an academic framework. It is designed and implemented entirely by students, based on their passions and interests. Each Green Stone culminates in a 13-minute presentation, in the spirit of a TED talk. They are filmed, edited and published to the world. But most importantly, these presentations are a rite of passage for all Green School graduates, bridging the Green School experience and each student’s next steps in life.
Our holistic educational ethos emphasizes experiences and skills rather than credentials and standardized tests. We believe we’re shifting the culture of education, creating sustainable solutions, and building bridges around the world. Green Stone is an opportunity for our graduating seniors to show the world what they can do. You can view all of our Green School graduates’ Green Stone presentations on YouTube from last year here. With Green Stone, graduating seniors showcase their mastery of Green School Skills – adaptation, collaboration, critical thinking, creative thinking, thinking in systems, communication, collaboration, activation and problem solving.
As the community and friends of Green School gather in our bamboo amphitheatre for this year’s graduation ceremony, we will take comfort in knowing that they have been supported to develop as a whole person. With a good understanding of themselves and their place in this big and beautiful world. With a set of skills that will serve them well, regardless of their endeavour of choice.
Their graduating pathways will be as diverse as the students themselves. Some will go straight to university, some will take a gap year and some will get straight onto pursuing an enterprise or vocation. Some are still not quite sure what their next adventure will be, but let’s take a moment to congratulate the 2016-17 graduates, accepted into the following universities so far.
Concordia University, Canada
University of New Brunswick, Canada
Quest University, Canada
The American University of Paris, France
Jacobs University, Germany
The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Bangor University, UK
Blake College, UK
Hampstead School of Art, UK
Richmond, The American International University in London, UK
City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA
Cornell University, USA
Evergreen State College, USA
The New School, USA
New York University, USA
University of California, Davis, USA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
University of Michigan, USA
University of Montana, USA
Vanderbilt University, USA
We are also very proud to announce our first university graduates.
Local Scholar from Karangasem (East Bali) Ira Warastri (pictured above) and Rasa Milakynte, both Green School Class of 2013 and Quest University Class of 2017! Congratulations, Ira and Rasa!