• Brunswick Bush School

    CONNECT WITH NATURE

    Brunswick Bush School

  • Brunswick Bush School

    DISCOVER, EXPLORE AND CREATE

    Brunswick Bush School

  • Brunswick Bush School

    A JOURNEY OF SELF -DISCOVERY

    Brunswick Bush School

  • Brunswick Bush School

    SPEND TIME WITH LIKE-MINDED CHILDREN

    Brunswick Bush School

  • Brunswick Bush School

    LEARNING ABOUT OUR LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

    Brunswick Bush School

  • Brunswick Bush School

    RX... NATURE

    Brunswick Bush School

holiday program

Location

We meet behind the Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club, on the lawn.

 

 

Directions from Gold Coast

  • Follow Pacific Motorway/M1 South to Tweed Valley Way in Billinudgel. Take exit Brunswick Valley Way from Pacific Motorway/M1
  • Merge onto Pacific Motorway/M1
  • Entering New South Wales
  • Take exit Brunswick Valley Way toward Brunswick Valley Way/Billinudgel/Ocean Shores/Tourist Drive 40
  • Take Brunswick Valley Way to S Beach Rd in Brunswick Heads
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Tweed Valley Way
  • Turn right onto Brunswick Valley Way
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Brunswick Valley Way
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Old Pacific Hwy
  • Turn left onto Mullumbimbi St
  • Turn left onto S Beach Rd
  • Destination will be on the left

 

Directions from Byron Bay

  • Follow Pacific Motorway/M1 North, signs for Tweed Heads/Brisbane
  • Take the Gulgan Road exit toward Brunswick Heads/Mullumbimby
  • Take Old Pacific Hwy to S Beach Rd
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Gulgan Rd
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Old Pacific Hwy
  • Turn right onto Mullumbimbi St
  • Turn left onto S Beach Rd
  • Destination will be on the left

What to bring...

rain or shine

Being an outdoor based program, we do require participants to bring some basic and important equipment.

It is a big day out for the children. So pack sensibly, keeping weight down but covering all the essentials!

Please label all your child's gear so we can get it back to you easily at the end of the day!

Here is a basic list of things children need for a typical day on the land......

A medium sized back pack to hold their gear. Preferably waterproof. Cloth or material is generally heavy, will absorb water when raining and won't keep their stuff dry. Mentors expect children to take their own bags for the whole of the day.

Water! 500ml to 1.5 litres depending on the season and temperature. Our mentors always carry spare water on them. No glass thanks. A light weight container is best- stainless or BPA free plastic.

Food. Children will need morning tea and lunch. Keep it healthy, please avoid sugar, processed foods and plastic wrapped foods. We do allow children to share foods as we believe this is a lovely way for the children to connect. We do require the children to ask a mentor first as we have some children with dangerous food allergies. A lunch box makes good sense as it keeps the food from becoming a squishy mess after walking around for half the day.

Raincoat. This may not be the thing you want to pack in your child's bag on a clear sunny day but it is still essential. Rain can come at anytime and it is better to be dry than to bring the kids out cold and shivering. You can get some great raincoats that tightly pack down and are light weight. Having said this it doesn't mean you have to buy a top dollar raincoat either, a garbage bag with holes cut out for arms and head will suffice! Some parents also pack waterproof pants on wet days.

Suitable Clothing. Please dress to prevailing conditions but also be aware that these conditions can change! If it is windy or looking like rain dress your child appropriately. Think warm and dry! Nothing worse than being cold and miserable all day! Also good to check the weather forecast before you leave.

Shoes and socks. Light weight are best. Be aware we are in bushland and there are snakes about in the warmer months.

Sun Protection. We are outdoors all day. Children will need a broad rimmed hat (write their name on it). Sunscreen if you use it, long sleeved shirts are good in the hotter months.

Swimmers, Towel and Rashy. This is for the warmer months. The children love the water and we do take them in (very carefully). A small light weight towel is best for obvious reasons. Include a couple of plastic bags for wet items unless you (or they!) like unpacking an icky wet mess at the end of the day!!

Medication. Any medication your child needs please give it to them and let a mentor know what it is and how to administer. If they need help or reminding to take it give it to a mentor.

Before your child comes for the day, just lift up their fully laden pack and guage whether you think they could walk around all day with it. Too heavy and your child will be suffering, too light, then you probably haven't packed all the gear they need!

What NOT to Bring.......

Please avoid electronic gadgets and mobile phones. The mentors carry a mobile phones that can be used in any emergency, or if needed to be contacted by parents.

Toys, magazines or anything that will distract your child or other children. The mentors plan for a full day of engaging activities. Leave those things at home. Those extra things add dead weight in their bags and don't add to their learning or help the group process.

Please avoid processed, sugary foods and foods wrapped in lots of plastic. Wholesome simple foods support your child in remaining calm and centred and give them enough energy to last them for the whole day on the land. Sugary foods excite children giving them a short term high followed by a low which can take the form of emotional reactivity or low energy. Many processed foods contain preservatives and colours all of which can adversely effect your child's behaviour. Our experience confirms that healthy, simple whole foods are the best types of foods to bring out for the day. Plastic wrapped food also creates unecessary waste.

Knives. The Wild Wallabies (6-8year olds) are not allowed to bring knives. The Black Cockatoos (9-12 year olds) are allowed to bring a sheathed knife (must be in a sheath or cover). They must first ask permission from a mentor before they are allowed to unsheath the knife. They are not allowed to use a knife out without mentor supervision.

If your child has something they would like to bring and you are unsure about it, ask a mentor!

The Mentors

Rohan Stewart

Brunswick Bush School combines lifelong passions of nature and children for Rohan. Rohan has an extensive history working with children and adolescents in in a variety of environments such as Youth Centres, After School Care and School Holiday Programs, Outdoor Recreation Centres and camps. He has a Certificate Three in Outdoor Recreation and has coordinated and supported many nature based activities for children.  He has spent many years as an entertainer as a clown and a magician. Always one to choose the road less travelled because it is more interesting, he loves freedom and follows his passion. He is trained in Deep Ecology and loves sea kayaking. He is a father to a delightful 7 year old who keeps him on his toes! He lives at Lillian Rock with his partner and daughter.

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