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    LEARNING ABOUT OUR LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

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holiday program

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Brunswick Bush School’s April School Holiday Program is open for bookings. Come and join Brunswick Bush School for some fun in the sun as we roll up our sleeves and get busy making and crafting and learning some essential bush skills. We spend the whole day outdoors in nature grounding and re-connecting your child.

Click of the booking link adjacent to the day you wish to book in to and that will take you to our booking website.

Please note that the booking website (try booking) now charges 50 cents per booking (up from 30 cents).

Brunswick Bush School April 2019 Holiday Program

Date Activity Description  Booking Link
Mon 15th  April  Make your own Flint and Steel A flint and steel is a great practical tool for lighting a campfire when you are out bush. It’s a must have for anyone who takes their fire lighting seriously. Today we construct our very own flint and steel, carving a special wooden handle and putting it all together for a fine tool you will get years of enjoyment from.  

 

Tue 16th Make a Plant/flower Press A plant/flower press is a cool way to dry plants that can be later used for decoration, storage and identification. Today we will be making our own from wood. We’ll also collect some plants and flowers from the bush and press them.  

 

Wed 17th Elfin and Hobbit Houses Come with us as we enter the enchanted world of fairies, goblins and elves! Get creative as we craft our own magical homes from special materials we collect- mosses and fungus, bark and leaves. Let your imagination run wild......    
Thur 18th Knots and Shelters Come on down for a practical lesson in knot tying. Today we learn several handy knots that have many uses in the bush. Then we will build cool shelters from materials we find in the bush.   

 

Frid 19th Canoeing Mullum to Brunz The tides are perfect for a Paddle down the main arm of the Brunswick River. We will paddle from Mullum to Brunz taking in bushland and wildlife along the way and stopping for a swim and to explore wild and remote river banks!!   

 

 Mon 22nd  Water Blasters  Get set for the biggest water fight ever! You will make your own water cannon that can shoot a blast of water up to 10 metres!(shooting downhill with a tailwind!) Be prepared to get a serious drenching and for loads of fun. *There is a materials charge of $10. Kids get to take home their blaster.  

 

Tue 23rd Fire Making Kit Day 1: Sew a pouch In this two day workshop we learn about the importance of fire as a powerful tool. We teach fire safety and practice starting a fire using natural materials we have collected. On day one we sew a special pouch to put our fire kit into. If you don’t want to do both days you can just come along and sew a beautiful leather pouch.   

 

Wed 24th Fire making kit day 2: Gathering the pieces and putting it together

For the second day of this activity we collect special fire making fibres, grasses and barks to make a fire starting kit that can be carried around in your pack when you are out bush. We then practice making a fire using the things we have collected.

      

 

Thur 25th Canoeing Simpson’s Creek One of our most popular activities, we spend the day on the beautiful Brunswick River, catching the incoming tide up the wild reaches of Simpson’s creek. Exploring river banks and encountering wildlife, we camp for lunch on a beautiful bush beach and then catch the outgoing tide back again.    

 

Frid 26th Pirate Rafts Pirates Ahoy! Calling all Pirate wannabies….strap on yer best peg leg, find a stuffed parrot and hobble on down as we construct our pirate rafts! We will lash you (errr I mean the poles!), hammer, saw and then face off for the fiercest battle ever seen this side of the Brunswick River!      

 

       

All activities will run from 9-3pm and are based outdoors for the entire day. We meet outside the Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club and then head into the bush (except for canoeing days. When canoeing we meet adjacent to the river. Notice will be sent via email on where to meet).

The activities presented on any given day may change due to weather, numbers and other unforeseen circumstances. In the case of wet weather we set up basic tarp shelters. Each day is interspersed with games, sacred circles, 'sit spot' (nature meditation), a swim if weather permits and other nature connection activities.

Cost is $60* per day per child. 10% discount for siblings.

Checkout or fb page here to see some of the fun stuff we get up to: 

https://www.facebook.com/brunsbushschool/

For more information contact Rohan on 0407898374

* There is a 50 cent booking fee for each booking made.

 

FAQ

FAQ’s

What are the costs?

 

Costs vary depending on the program you are enrolling in.

Our term time weekly Bush School (for 6-12 year olds) rate is $50 per week per child if you enrol for the whole term (usually ten weeks). $60 if you wish to be a casual.

 

The Bush Kindy (3-5 year olds) is $60 for the day or $70 if you wish to be a casual

 

The School Holiday Program is $60 per day.

 

There is a discount of 10% for siblings.

 

What age range is it for?

We have three programs running:

A Bush School for children aged 6-12 years (children outside this age range will be accepted on a case by case basis) and a A

Bush Kindy for children aged 3-5 years.

A School Holiday Program for children 6-12 years

 

What do you do if it is raining?

We generally head out for the day rain, hail or shine. Unless there is a category 4 cyclone off Brunswick Bar we still go out! Heading out in the rain is a great experience for the children. It builds resilience and endurance and teaches them new skills for staying warm and safe in wet weather- other children just love the chance to spend the day in the rain and mud! Just as importantly, they get to experience the bush in a different way, it is different when it is wet and you have to move and interact accordingly. We do have a tarp shelters we put up when it rains. The children help to construct their own shelter!

Do your Mentors have Working With Children Checks (WWC) and First Aid Certificates?

Yes, our Mentors all have Working With children Checks. Rohan also has a remote area First Aid Certificate. At least one mentor travelling with each group has a First Aid Certificate.

What if I need to contact my daughter or son urgently?

Our mentors always carry their mobile phones with them while they are out for the day. This is vital for our own communications. If you need to contact your child the best person to call is Rohan. Mentors phone numbers will be given to you upon enrolment.

 

Can I come out for the day with my child?

We don't generally encourage parents to accompany their older children when they come out for the day. Mainly because it can alter the interactions of the group and also effect the way the new child integrates with the group. We do allow a parent to settle their child in for a few hours in the morning if the child (or they!) are feeling anxious.

Exceptions are made for the Bush Kindy, parents are welcome to spend the day with their child to make sure they are feeling safe and settled.

 

 Do you have Insurance?

Yes we do. We have public liability cover for up to $10 000 000 with Sportscover.

 

My Child has been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, Autism or ADHD can they attend?

Children on the spectrum have special needs. Through past experience we have found that it can be a challenge to meet the needs of these children when combined with the group. We would love for these children to attend Bush School as we believe it is such a healthy and healing experience, but the reality is that we do need all children that attend Bush School to be able to self regulate, we simply don't have the resources and skills to meet the needs of some of these children, and the program isn't designed for children with special needs. However, if you have a daughter or son that you think would like to come along and would be able to be a part of the program, talk to us and we will discuss it. As a minimum, we ask that you escort your child for a minimum of two weeks to support them integrating into the group. We will re-assess with you after this time and make a decision as to whether it is in the best interests of all concerned for them to continue. 

 

How do I pay?

Payment can be made electronically via bank deposit or in cash. Payments can be made in one lump sum or 2-3 payments over the term can be arranged. We avoid dealing with cash on the day as we have lots of families we are dealing with and small amounts of cash can easily go missing. Please see the Holiday Program tab for information about payments for the Holiday Program.

 

Tell me about your mentors? 

Our mentors are highly skilled, trained and passionate guides. Which mentors we have coming out with us changes depending on the program we are running and their availability. Many have outdoor recreation qualifications, others have on the job experience or are trained teachers in their field.

 

I am concerned about my child going swimming, can you tell me more about what that entails?

We have access to the beautiful Brunswick River and also the ocean. The children love swimming and it is a fantastic part of the program, but we also realise there are risks involved. We have compiled a swim safe policy to ensure that any swimming activity is as safe as can be. Please ask Rohan to view this policy. The main points are as follows:

Generally we will swim in a shallow safe section of the Brunswick River.

Sometimes- rarely, we do swim in the ocean. The decision to enter the ocean is carefully made on the day given local and real time conditions of surf, wind, wave activity, currents and tides, numbers of children etc…

Children are given clear boundaries on where to swim.

The Mentor is the furthest person out and no one is to go past the mentor.

There is a Mentor at the water’s edge also watching the children.

There is a policy of ‘No deeper than my thigh’

 

I am concerned about snakes and ticks and other dangerous animals. Please allay my fears!!

The Australian bush certainly has animals and insects that are either deadly poisonous or want a piece of you! There are snakes, ticks and other dangerous animals present on the land we walk upon and thankfully, most of the time, they are happy going about their business and will go out of their way to avoid human contact long before we are aware of them (think a bunch of noisy excited kids tromping through the bush is enough to scare anyone!!). We encourage children to be aware and sensible in the bush and we regularly warn them of the presence of snakes in the warmer weather; how to approach them should they see them and what to do in the unlikely event they get bitten. All our mentors know about snake bite first aid and carry specialised snake bite bandages. As mentioned above, we carry mobile phones should a quick evacuation be necessary. Ticks and snakes are particularly active in the warmer months. We also remind children to do regular tick sweeps of their bodies and we carry tweezers with us for safe and quick removal. This is a risk inherent in a program of this nature but with awareness, care and education we are able to minimise the risks.

 

Do you run programs in schools? 

We have worked with schools before and are very keen to see this work spread. If you would like advice or are keen to partner with us in providing nature connection within your school or organisation contact Rohan for a chin wag.

 

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Details

Brunswick Bush School

Brunswick Bush School offers a variety of Nature Connection Programs for children and young adults.

All current programs run out of Bushland at Brunswick Heads from 9-3pm

 

On Thursdays during term time we run our Bush School for kids aged 6-12 

 

On Fridays during term time we run a Bush Kindy for children aged 3-5 

 

During school holidays we run our school holiday program for children aged 6-12 (for more details see the holiday program tab)

 

If you have a program you would like us to run, or you are in another location, we can also come to you. Contact Rohan for more infromation.

 

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