holiday program

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It's hotting up for the summer and Brunswick Bush School has a range of cool activities to keep the kids chilled out for the long break. We are going to hit the water big time; sailing pirate rafts, firing our water zookas, canoeing up the wild reaches of the Brunswick River and floating our bark boats..... We have so many cool craft activities on offer that the kids can chill out with and let their hands and imaginations run wild- hobbit houses, journey sticks, whittling and more....

Check out the program for the full details. Bookings are now open!

Brunswick Bush School Holiday program is taking bookings now! Click of the booking link adjacent to the day you wish to book in to and that will take you to our booking website.

Brunswick Bush School December-Jan 2018/19 Holiday Program

Date Activity Description  Booking Link
Mon 17th December 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! 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. https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Tue 18th 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! https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Wed 19th Whittling Bring your pocket knives. We’ll be whittlin’ away the time by the creek honing our skills and making some fancy craft pieces. We’ll cover the basics of safety and how to whittle. If you don’t have a knife don’t worry we’ll have spares for you to use.    https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Thur 20th Journey Sticks Journey sticks have been used for a long time by many native peoples around the globe. They tell the story of a journey made with items that are collected along the way (feathers, leaves, twigs etc..) or by marking out special features in the land. At the end you have a fantastic ‘map’ of your adventure that you will be able to follow and will be filled with fantastic memories.   https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Frid 21st 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!!    https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
 Mon 24th 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...... https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Break      
Mon 7th Jan Branch Weaving Branch weaving is a fun way to learn the ancient art of weaving. We will be using wools and materials we find in the bush to make some  some colourful creations. Take home a beautiful art piece at the end of the day!   https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Tue 8th 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.   https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Wed 9th Dream Catchers

Bring your dreams as we weave them into an amazing piece of art! We’ll forage in the bush for pieces to add, learning about this sacred native American tradition and culture as we go.

      https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Thur 10th 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! 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.   https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Frid 11th 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.       https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
       
Mon 14th

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!   https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Tue 15th Canoeing Bruns to Mullum 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!! https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Wed 16th Bush Cooking Bring your hungry bellies for some fine bush fare! We will be cooking up a storm, gathering native ingredients together and learning about the plants as we go.   https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Thurs 17th Beach Racers Get set for race time! Design and make your own super cool model dune buggy powered by the wind then race it down the beach.    https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
 Frid 18th Nest Boxes What is a nest box? It is a home for wildlife. Did you know it can take up to 200 years for a suitable hollow to form for homes for some our native wildlife? You think Byron shire has a housing shortage!! Let’s give them a hand by making habitat boxes. We go construction crazy! Bring on the hammers, nails, saws and paint. https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Mon 21st    Bush Boats Get your sea farin’ legs on as we make model boats out of bark, seed pods and palm fronds and sail them on the high seas of the Brunswick River.    https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Tue 22nd Clay Play Get your hands dirty! A gentle and creative day in the bush making and molding clay pots and other artistic creations for you to take home.  https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Wed 23rd Whittling Bring your pocket knives. We’ll be whittlin’ away the time by the creek honing our skills and making some fancy craft pieces. We’ll cover the basics of safety and how to whittle. If you don’t have a knife don’t worry we’ll have spares for you to use.     https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Thur 24th 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! 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.    https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Frid 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.     https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP
Mon 28th Treasure Hunt This is no ordinary treasure hunt- we teach through fun! We leave a tricky trail through the bush. To get to the treasure, the kids have to solve clues and perform various feats. Along the way they learn about different animals, plants and learn a few skills. Don’t worry the treasure is sugar free and healthy! https://www.trybooking.com/ZMZP

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 30 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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We are on Facebook. To see up to date information and pictures of what we have been up to check us out here:

www.facebook.com/brunsbushschool/

 

 

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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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