Newsletter 2: 16th September, 2014

16 Sep 2014

What are we to do? We must prepare all people for this three-dimensional world which is spontaneously building itself around us as a phenomenon of evolution. Through new education, we must enable children to grow up with a healthy spirit, a strong character and a clear intellect, so that as adults they will not tolerate contradictory moral principles but will gather human energies for constructive purposes. And at the same time, we must develop a science of peace based on this new orientation of humanity.

Maria Montessori, Peaceful Children, Peaceful World.

Dear Parents,

Our science cycle has concluded with the building of our terrace garden. We haven now begun our cycle of humanities called The Age of Science and Reason — defined as the potion of a society’s history in which technology and the strength of the human mind create change and overcome or outmaneuver previously more powerful forces. (e.g., brute force, ignorance, the tyranny of the majority, blatant superstition) Progress is extremely rapid as intellectual creativity feeds technological production. Our focus will be Peace Education: Peace Studies.


After returning from camp we performed the following:

  •        We designed the layout of the adolescent garden area taking into account all environmental factors, building support factors, water drainage factors, aesthetics, convenience.
  •     We performed scientific investigations into the soil composition found in the garden and researched which plants grow best in our soil.
  •     We researched the different soil types and why they are or are not good for plants and then designed and implemented strategies to organically improve the soil composition including–
    • collecting cow manure from local fields
    • sifting through last years compost box and collecting appropriate organic material
    • mixing in grass and garden clippings from school
    • growing our first crop as a green crop of beens to add fixed nitrogen into the soil to help improve our soil quality
  •     We planted our green crop (beans) which is already well on its way.
  •     We nominated and chose two garden managers (Indigo and Gaia) who will oversee and organize current and future garden work.










In the beginning/intermediate group, the students have learned about numbers, math problems  related to daily life, prefix se-, ask and respond about illness, parts of human body and the functions, research about jamu (traditional herbal medicine), and word order in Bahasa Indonesia.

In the advanced group, we started the lesson with speaking practice by talking about activities during the camp. We continued the research about the area of Indonesia. The students have chosen one area and found out the information about the nature, religion, traditional house and costume, the food, and the traditions. They wrote a report based on their findings and made a tourism poster about that. We’ve also had a review about the using of capital letter in a sentence.

Each group also had cooking project of Indonesian traditional food (lumpia and dadar gulung).







  • Class 1
    • o Worked through the addition subtraction and multiplication of both fractions and mixed numbers
  • Class 2
    • o Learned how to calculate and work with percents
      • Calculate what is a percent of another value
      • Percentage of a quantity and percentage change
      • Percent Composition
      • Percent Application by looking at flyers and determining the original price, sale price, value saved and %saved
    • Class 3
      • o Reviewed percentage calculations
      • o Applied percentage calculations to tax scenarios and calculated the amount of income tax we’d owe based on different incomes in Australia
      • o Filled in an Australian tax form and prepared it for submission









Students have been participating in a Documentary Filmmaking Workshop on Mondays and Fridays with Steve Clack from Bent Marble Productions. They are learning how to create stories, film them, edit and will be screening their productions on the last day of class.



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