Holiday Programs

holiday program flyer

Hi Folks,

The silly season is upon us and Brunswick Bush School is again offering a bonanza of adventurous and exciting nature connection programs these holidays. Go Wild with us as we learn new skills, explore, craft and create together in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. News Flash!! For the first time these holidays we are running a series of Girls Only activities. Scroll down for more information dates and bookings. All our programs are based in the wild outdoors giving your child vital time to ground, reconnect and replenish. Check out the programs below and click on the booking link for the days you wish to book in to.

The Wild Wallabies Holidays for kids aged 3-5 years is also back on offer (scroll down for more details).

Please Note! To simplify and streamline our enrolment process, when you book in you will be required to answer our enrolment questions. This will mean it will take more time than usual to book in, however, you will not be required to fill in an extra enrolment form when you attend!!

Brunswick Bush School's Summer Holiday Program Dec/Jan 2020/21 (for 6-12 years)

 

Session Time Activity

Description    Booking Link

Monday 21st December 

9-3pm

Canoeing Bruns to Kings Creek

Canoeing Bruns to Kings Ck: Today we adventure up the Main Arm of the Bruns River taking in bushland and wildlife along the way. We'll stop for a swim and explore wild and remote river banks.  

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Tuesday 22nd  December

9-3pm

Water Blasters* Water Blasters: Get set for the biggest water fight ever! You will make your own water cannon that shoots out a high pressure blast of water. Be prepared to get a serious drenching!!*There is a materials charge of $15. Kids get to take home their blaster.  

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Wednesday 23rd December

9-3pm

Fishing Brunz River

We will be casting off from some of Bruns’ best fishing spots for a lovely day of fishing. Bring your favourite rod or reel and set off in a canoe for a fun day of fishing on the brunswick river’. Don’t worry if you don’t have one- we’ll bring spares.

 

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Thursday 24th December

9-3pm

Wind Powered Beach Racers

Get set for race time! Design and make your own super cool model beach racer buggy built from recycled materials and powered by the wind then race it down the beach.  

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH 

Monday 4th

January

9-3pm

Canoeing Simpsons 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. We’ll be exploring rugged river banks and looking out for the myriad of birdlife that lives in the area.

 

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Tuesday 5th

January

9-3pm

Water Blasters*

Water Blasters: Get set for the biggest water fight ever! You will make your own water cannon that shoots out a high pressure blast of water. Be prepared to get a serious drenching!!*There is a materials charge of $15. Kids get to take home their blaster.  

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Wednesday 6th January

9-3pm

Coastal Birds and Kites

Do you know many of the birds that inhabit the northern rivers coast line? Today we learn about some of the many birds that live around the Brunswick River. While following the theme of flight we will be making our own kites and flying them on the beach! Constructed from simple materials and easy to make we'll be making and decorating our kites and then heading to the beach to see them fly.  

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Thursday 7th January

9-3pm

Fishing Brunz River

We will be casting off from some of Bruns’ best fishing spots for a lovely day of fishing. Bring your favourite rod or reel and set off in a canoe for a fun day of fishing on the brunswick river’. Don’t worry if you don’t have one- we’ll bring spares.

 

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Friday 8th

January

9-3pm

Knife work and 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/BMTXH

Monday 11th January

9-3pm

Survival Kits Day 1: sew a pouch*

This two day course will be a fun exploration of survival in the bush. On day 1 we will be sewing a leather survival pouch to place our survival equipment in tomorrow. * $10 Materials surcharge for this activity.  

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Tuesday 12th January

 9-3pm

Survival Kits Day 2: Fill the pouch*

Day 2 of the course we will be filling our pouch with essential survival equipment that even Bear Grylls would not want to be caught in the bush without! Each person takes home their own survival kit. *Please note there is a $15 materials charge for the contents of the survival kit which includes a compass, whistle, wire saw, and flint and steel & other things.  

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Wednesday 13th January

9-3pm

Sling shots

Sling Shots are a load of fun to play with. Today we will be whittling them from forked branches, add some rubber and voila! A toy that will bring hours of fun!  

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Thursday 14th January

9-3pm

Bark 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/BMTXH

Friday 15th

January

9-3pm

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 learn about different shelter styles and build our own cool shelters from materials we find in the bush.  

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Monday 18th January

9-3pm

Canoeing;          Simpsons    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. We’ll be exploring rugged river banks and looking out for the myriad of birdlife that lives in the area.  

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Tuesday 19th January

 9-3pm

Water Blasters*

Water Blasters: Get set for the biggest water fight ever! You will make your own water cannon that shoots out a high pressure blast of water. Be prepared to get a serious drenching!!*There is a materials charge of $15. Kids get to take home their blaster.  

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Wednesday 20th January

9-3pm

Bow and Arrows Day 1* Bow and Arrows Day 1: Construct your very own bow and arrow! On day 1 we shape and whittle the bow from bamboo and string it up.*$10 Material surcharge for this activity.  

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Thursday 21st  January

9-3pm

Bow and Arrows Day 2*

On day 2 we make the arrows, also from bamboo. Once we have everything together we will hone our target practice and shooting for bullseyes! 

*$10 Material surcharge for this activity.
 

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Friday 22nd  

January

9-3pm

Nature Journals

A Nature Journal is a great way to connect with nature. Today we make our own treasured book to bring with you on any bush adventure. You can fill it with doodles, observations, poetry, dreams, dried flowers, specimens and much more!  

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Monday 25th January

9-3pm

Fishing Brunz River

We will be casting off from some of Bruns’ best fishing spots for a lovely day of fishing. Bring your favourite rod or reel and set off in a canoe for a fun day of fishing on the brunswick river’. Don’t worry if you don’t have one- we’ll bring spares.

 

https://www.trybooking.com/BMTXH

Public Holiday!

Tuesday 26th January

 9-3pm

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/BMTXH

 

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 and fishing days. When canoeing/fishing we meet adjacent to the river. Notice will be sent via email 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. Some activities incur a materials surcharge (this is listed in the description of the day in the table)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. 

Need to cancel? see our Refund Policy at the bottom of the page.

 

Just for grrrrls! (for girls 6-12 years)

This summer holidays we are excited to announce a series of girls only activities. This is a special time for the girls to connect with each other in a beautiful natural setting while having an awesome day of creating, crafting, exploring and sharing. We want to encourage more girls to be in nature so we have compiled a series of fantastic creative activities. Led by two mentors this will be a fun day of nature, connection and adventure!! We will run the girls program two days a week throughout January. For girls aged 6-12 years. Check out the program below and click on the booking link to book in!

 

Date Activity Description Booking Link
Tuesday 5th January Branch Weaving Come and join us for a relaxing day by the river as we make our own bush looms and weave colourful pieces of nature art. We will be using wools and materials we find in the bush to make a beautiful take home piece of art at the end of the day!  https://www.trybooking.com/BNHDC
Thursday 7th January Spiral bowls and Pinch pots  Clay play is the theme of the day. We will learn how to make spiral bowls and pinch pots. Once dry we will paint and decorate them. https://www.trybooking.com/BNHDC
Tuesday 12th January Fairy and Hobbit Houses Let your imagination run wild as we enter the mysterious world of wood sprites and nature fairies. We will have loads of fun finding bush materials to craft into hobbit houses and funky fairy dens! https://www.trybooking.com/BNHDC
Thursday 14th January Paper Making Learn the ancient art of paper making. In this workshop we will get our hands dirty and learn about the process of making your own paper from recycled materials. https://www.trybooking.com/BNHDC
Tuesday 19th January Eco Dyeing This natural tie dyeing process uses plant tanins, is easy to learn and heaps of fun. Create your own unique and amazing designs. Bring your own white cotton shirt or cotton fabric to make your own tie dye creation. https://www.trybooking.com/BNHDC
Thursday 21st January Dream Catchers On this gentle day or crafting we learn about the Native American Indian tradition of dream catchers. We'll be making our own dream catchers using native vine and twine, adding our own feather and beads as we go for a special piece that will enhance your child's bedroom and dreams! https://www.trybooking.com/BNHDC

 

Wild Wallabies Summer Holiday Program Dec/Jan 2020/21  (for 3-5 years)

Brunswick Bush School is excited to announce the Wild Wallabies Holiday program being offered these Summer holidays. Based on our popular term time program for children aged 3-5 years we spend the whole day outdoors (9-3pm) exploring, creating, playing and learning. Two mentors accompany the group (max 14 children). The cost is $60* for the day. Please click on the link next to the day you wish to book in and that will take you to our booking website. Leeroy our term time Mentor will be running the Summer holiday program attending each day with the other mentor to be announced.

The Holiday Wild Wallabies program provides a mix of structured and unstructured activities as we move through the bush accessing different ‘play’ spaces throughout the day. Gently led by two mentors the day consists of a variety of nature themed activities such as games, arts and crafts, meditative time, sharing circles, stories, exploring bushland, learning about the surrounding plants and animals, swimming in our kid friendly swim spot (weather permitting), climbing trees and free play. It's a fun day out which will ground and energise your child without over stimulating them.

Call Rohan on 0407898374 for more details.

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

Please Note! To simplify and streamline our enrolment process, when you book in you will be required to answer our enrolment questions. This will mean it will take more time than usual to book in, however, you will not be required to fill in an extra enrolment form when you attend!!

 Need to cancel? see our Refund Policy at the bottom of the page.

Date Craft Activity Booking Link

Monday 21st

December

River Rock Painting

https://www.trybooking.com/BMXEF

Wednesday 23rd

December

Clay Bead Necklaces

https://www.trybooking.com/BMXEF

Monday 4th

January

Making Boomerangs

https://www.trybooking.com/BMXEF

Wednesday 6th

January

Butterfly Collage

https://www.trybooking.com/BMXEF

Friday 8th

January

Rainbow Serpents

https://www.trybooking.com/BMXEF

Monday 11th

January

Melaleuca Tree Collage

https://www.trybooking.com/BMXEF

Wednesday 13th

January

Clay Platypuses

 

https://www.trybooking.com/BMXEF

Friday 15th

January

Bush Fairies

 

https://www.trybooking.com/BMXEF

Monday 18th

January

Nature Collage

 

https://www.trybooking.com/BMXEF

Wednesday 20th

January

Bush Wreaths

 

https://www.trybooking.com/BMXEF

Friday 22nd

January

Tawny Frogmouths

 

https://www.trybooking.com/BMXEF

Monday 25th

January

Clay Echidnas

 

https://www.trybooking.com/BMXEF

 

 

Refund Policy

A 10% administration fee applies you if you cancel more than 7 days in advance of the attendance date. A 20% fee applies if cancelling less than 7 days from attendance date. No refund is given less than 48 hours before the attendance date. We are generally happy to transfer a booking to another date with a minumun 48 hours notice, depending on availability. 

 

FAQ

FAQ’s

What are the costs?

 

Costs vary depending on the program you are enrolling in.

Our term time weekly program called the Black Cockatoos (for 6-12 year olds) rate is $60 per week per day (the term is usually 9-10 weeks). 

 

Our term time weekly program called the Wild Wallabies (3-5 year olds) is $60 for the day (the term is usually 9-10 weeks). 

The School Holiday Program is $60 per day.

 

There is a discount of 10% for siblings.

 

What age range is it for?

We have two programs running:

Black Cockatoosfor children aged 6-12 years (children outside this age range will be accepted on a case by case basis).

Wild Wallabies for children aged 3-5 years.

We run both of these programs during the school holidays as well.

 

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.

 

Facebook

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