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Oscar winning director James Cameron’s vision of Pandora, an environmentally sustainable utopia in the sky, has come to life in an oak studded valley in the heart of Malibu Cany pandora charms uk on. There, Cameron’s wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, has created the Muse School, an idyllic campus that marries imaginative “green” technology with a student centered teaching philosophy. “I had a dream to create a school where students learn who they are as individuals, to learn their own way and at their own pace . and to inspire each other and the planet,” Amis Cameron said Monday at a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the official opening of the 22 acre campus. “That dream is now a reality.” The Muse School relocated earlier this fall from Topanga Canyon, where Amis Cameron and her sister, Rebecca Amis, opened the original campus in 2006. A year ago, they acquired the defunct Calmont School in Calabasas Highlands, and launched an ambitious renovation that incorporated recycled glass and concrete, repurposed wood, and solar and other renewable energy components. Today, the school has an enrollment of nearly 60 youngsters, from age 2 through fifth grade, including the Camerons’ three children. Administrators hope to increase enrollment with the admission of middle school students next fall. James Cameron, whose “Avatar” smashed box office records with its tale of mankind’s interaction with nature, said the site off Las Virgenes Canyon Road was a perfect fit for his wife’s environmental goals. “Aesthetically, it was what we were looking for,” he said. “We knew we didn’t want it to be in town we wanted a rural atmosphere. We wanted our own ecosy pandora charms uk stem in our setting.” That means students plant, grow and tend vegetables in the campus garden and greenhouse, and take daily hikes on the sprawling grounds. “I like to be close to nature, to learn about the planet,” said fourth grader Karina Regis, whose father is the school’s resident falconer, using hawks rather than harmful chemicals to control rodents and other pests. Plastic bags, bottles and straws, cellophane and even ubiquitous cardboard coffee cups are banned from campus as part of the school’s ultra green philosophy. “I’ve never met anyone who walked their talk in such an emphatic way,” said Jamie Estill, the head of the school and a 30 year pandora charms uk veteran of progressive and independent education. “That means hearing student voices and sustainability.” Empowering students to take control of their lessons is the core philosophy of the school, where tuition is $20,500 for grades K 5. Instructors take their lead from their students, a method that may take them far afield from their original plan but pandora charms uk can also spur the imagination and nurture the love of learning. “Learning comes alive when it comes from the children,” said Stacey Porterfield, one of two teachers in the kindergarten/first grade classroom, the largest with 15 students. In the classroom next door, second and third graders are learning about the American Indians who populated the area thousands of years earlier. The lesson includes a discussion of the classic “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” and an ingenious cave made from recycled brown paper bags. “It’s all about student interest and readiness,” said Debra Lindegren, the mother of 4 year old Bodhi and director of the Muse Association of Parents. “The overarching purpose is traditional subjects, but taught in a nontraditional way.”