Term Time Programs

Welcome back to term 3! This is Brunswick Bush School's booking page for all our term time programs. We have an exciting array of nature connection programs for those wanting something outside of the box, literally! Our programs are designed for these turbulent times, grounding and reconnecting your child in a nature based setting. We spend the day outdoors exploring, sharing, creating and discovering. Come and Re-connect with us and Nurture with Nature!

 

NEW Families please read!!

Welcome to bruns bush school, we hope your time with us is enriching and rewarding. We understand that new families would like to trial the program before they commit to the full term. We give families a maximum two week period to decide whether our program is right for them or not. Please book and pay for a two week ticket, if after one week you find that it does not suit you or your child we will happily refund the second week. If you decide to stay past the two weeks we will ask you to book and pay for the remainder of the term. You will recieve more detailed information about what to bring when you book in. If you would like more information please email or call us.

 

All programs listed below will run subject to sufficient bookings.

 

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The Wild Wallabies (for children 3-5 years)

This is Brunswick Bush School's nurturing nature conncection program for little people.

Mondays: Currently full, please email us for the waiting list.

Tuesdays: Available

Wednesdays:  1 spot available

Fridays: Currently full, please email us for the waiting list.

 

IMPORTANT: Meet between Tennis courts and Community Centre, Opposite Brunswick Heads Surf Club, 9-3

 

Wild Wallabies Booking Link:   


 

 

 

 

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 The Black Cockatoos (for kids 6-12 years)

The Black Cockatoos runs every thursday during term time from 9:00-3:00. We spend the day in bushland connecting, exploring, creating and sharing. With a mix of schooled and home-schooled children we foster a safe, supportive and relaxed group learning environment that is primarily child led following the interests of.your child in a natural setting.

Thursdays:     Meet at Brunswick Heads Surf Club, 9-3 

Black Cockatoos Booking Link:   


 

 

 

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NEW GROUP!! The Brahminy Kites 

For kids aged 10-13 years will be running every Tuesday during term time, from 09:30-3:30. Through a program that is inspired by connection, embodiment and play, our experienced mentors are there to guide the participants into a richer relationship with themselves and their natural surroundings. Head, heart and hands are engaged in equal measure as our interactions bring us into a deeper connection with inner and outer worlds. In playfulness and joy, we weave together strands of practical bush skills and craft, movement practices, mindfulness exercises and knowledge of the natural world to support participants in both body and mind as they learn skills such as:

- Self and social awareness
- Emotional regulation
- Conflict resolution and
- Critical thinking

Brahminy Kites Booking Link:   


 

 

 

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NEW Program for St Finbarr's Students. Bruns Bush School After School Program, St Finbarr's school, Byron Bay.

We are excited to announce a pilot program with St Finbarrs running an afterschool nature connection program for kids 6-12 years starting next wednesday, 3rd August and running from 3:30 -5:00 pm. The program will be outdoors based utilising the school nature play area and the reserve behind the school. We will explore a range of different bush skills such as bush tucker, tree climbing, plant and animal identification and use, responsible fire lighting, games and lots more, all based around natural themes. It will be a practical course with a mix of adult led and child led activities using the kids natural interests to guide us. 

 

Please note that this program is only currently available to students attending St Finbarr's school at this point in time. Please let us know if you are keen on an after school program in your area.

 

St Finbarr's After School Program Booking Link: 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unfortunately we do not accept cash payments or direct deposits. If you are experiencing financial challenges feel free to make contact with us to discuss your needs. We would like to keep making our programs available to all kids.

Terms and Conditions

Please note once you decide to sign up we require a commitment for the full term. We do not refund if you do not attend or your child is sick.  

 

 

 

Holiday Programs

holiday program flyerHi Good Folk,

Winter is here! Thank heavens the rain has cleared and the skies are clear. There is no better time to have some fun in the sun with Brunswick Bush School's Winter Holiday Program. We'll be making the most of this glorious weather adventuring, learning, playing and honing our bush skills. Check out the programs on offer and click on the trybooking link to book in.

If you are struggling financially and need some support with attendance please talk to us. Please see the accessibility section at the bottom of the page. 

Booking multiple days? You only have to answer the enrolment questions once. When you are at 'CHECKOUT', BEFORE you enter your card details, click on the 'Buy more tickets' link in the 'YOUR CART' Box, then select the day you want and you will simply have to fill in the attendee last name/first name boxes for that new day.

 

For all enquiries call 0407898374. 

Mobile phone networks have been strectched beyond their capacity lately and we haven't always been able to receive calls at times. If you can't get through on the phone, consider texting or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Brunswick Bush School Main Program (for Girls and Boys 6-12 years)

Main Program Booking Link:

 trybooking

 

Session Time

           Activity

Description

Monday 4th July

 

9-3pm 

Fire Making Kit 

In this workshop we teach the responsible use of fire. We’ll learn about and forage for special fire making fibres, grasses and barks that can be used for fire lighting. We will make our own fire making kit from what we collect and include a flint and steel. This special fire starting kit can then be carried around in your pack when you are out bush for quick and easy fire lighting. (adult supervision essential). $10 materials charge.

Tuesday 5th July

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 paddling deep into the Tyagarah Nature Reserve. We’ll be exploring rugged river banks and looking out for the myriad of bird life that lives in the area. Suitable for children 7+ years. Some canoeing experience recommended.*Limit of 16 children $10 Surcharge

Wednesday 6th July

9-3pm

Flint and Steel making Day 1

An essential tool in any survivalist’s kit is the flint and steel- the quintessential fire-starting tool. In this two day workshop we teach about responsible use of fire and construct our own flint and steel! On day one of this workshop we sew a leather pouch for the flint and steel we construct tomorrow. $5 surcharge for materials.

Thursday 7th July

9-3pm

Flint and Steel making Day 2

The second day of this workshop we construct the flint and steel by whittling a handle from silky oak, sanding it smooth, we then put it together for your very own survival tool that will give your child hours of fun and a lifetime of pride!

$10 surcharge for flint and steel.

Friday 8th July

9-3pm

Nature Play!

We have compiled a list of our most popular games. In this action day you get to run your legs off as we play Capture the Flag, Bush Turkey’s Tail, Catch the Leopard’s Meat, Fire Keeper and more of our favourite bush games.

     

Monday 11th July

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!To be used with adult supervision. *$5 Materials Charge

Tuesday 12th July

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. Suitable for children aged 7+. *You have theoption of purchasing a New No 7 sized Opinel Knife for$30when booking in.

Wednesday 13th July

9-3pm

Nature Play!

We have compiled a list of our most popular games. Today we go hard and cram as many of them into one day! Run your legs off as we play capture the flag, bush turkeys tail and more.

Thursday 14th July

9-3pm

Canoeing: Kings Creek to Bruns

Today we follow the outgoing tide and adventure down the Main Arm of the Bruns River to Brunswick Heads taking in bush land and wildlife along the way. We'll stop at our favourite tree on the bank for some fun bombs into the water! Suitable for children 7+ years. Some canoeing experience recommended.*Limit of 16 children $10 Surcharge.

Friday 15th July

9-3pm

     Useful Plants and Bush Tucker

There are so many bush tucker and useful plants living right in our backyards. From rope and baskets to fire and food. There is a treasure of natural resources for the survivalist. Today we will adventure into the reserve to see what is in season and what we can find.

Time: 9-3pm

Meet: At the Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club (on the grassy side) except for canoeing days. When canoeing we meet adjacent to the river. Notice will be sent via email where to meet).

Cost: $70* 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.* There is a 50 cent ticket fee and a 2.5% processing for each booking made. 

Bring: A what to bring list is sent out with your booking

 

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, exploring, a swim if weather permits and tonnes of adventure!! Participation in the listed activity is optional, we encourage children to participate but do not require them to.

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

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

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

 

 

 

Just for Grrrrls! (for girls 6-12 years) Winter Holiday Program

The Grrrls only program is back on this winter holidays. This fun program is a special time for 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 creative activities. 

The Grrls program is being led by Shamila. Shamila synthesises her 20 year experience working in environmental education, embodiment practise, nature therapy and group facilitation in her role as a bush school mentor.

Grrrls Only! Booking Link:

 trybooking

Date

Description

Tuesday 5th July

Valuing the feminine aspects of nature in ourselves and the bush we play, explore, and learn together climbing, swimming, storytelling, singing, dancing, foraging and creating with our sistars.

Thursday 7th July

Valuing the feminine aspects of nature in ourselves and the bush we play, explore, and learn together climbing, swimming, storytelling, singing, dancing, foraging and creating with our sistars.

Tuesday 12th July

Valuing the feminine aspects of nature in ourselves and the bush we play, explore, and learn together climbing, swimming, storytelling, singing, dancing, foraging and creating with our sistars.

Thursday 14th July

Valuing the feminine aspects of nature in ourselves and the bush we play, explore, and learn together climbing, swimming, storytelling, singing, dancing, foraging and creating with our sistars.

 

Time: 9-3pm

Meet: We meet at the Brunswick Heads Tennis Courts opposite the Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club

Cost: $70* 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.* There is a 50 cent ticket fee and a 2.5% processing for each booking made. 

Bring: A what to bring list is sent out with your booking

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, exploring, a swim if weather permits and tonnes of adventure!! Participation in the listed activity is optional, we encourage children to participate but do not require them to.There is a 50 cent ticket fee and a 2.5% processing for each booking made.

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

 

 

 

Wild Wallabies Winter Holiday Program (for children 3-5 years)

Hop along to the Wild Wallabies these holidays for some great nature play and adventure for the wee’uns! The Wild Wallabies is Brunswick Bush School's nature connection program for kids aged 3-5 years. This gentle and nurturing program provides a fun and adventurous day out. Using nature as our inspiration we explore, play and create while building confidence and resilience in your child. Each day we explore a particular nature based theme.

 The Wild Wallabies will be running Monday, Wednesday and friday on the following dates:

Week one: July 4th, 6th and 8th

Week two: July 11th, 13th and 15th. 

Wild Wallabies Booking Link:

 trybooking

Booking multiple days? Answer enrolment questions once only. When booking multiple days and/or mutliple kids you only need to answer the enrolment questions once. When you are at 'CHECKOUT', BEFORE you enter your card details, click on the 'Buy more tickets' link in the 'YOUR CART' Box, then select the day you want and you will simply have to fill in the attendee last name/first name boxes for that new day.

Time: 9-3pm

Meet: We meet at the Brunswick Heads Tennis Courts opposite the Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club

Cost: $70* 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.* There is a 50 cent ticket fee and a 2.5% processing for each booking made. 

Bring: A what to bring list is sent out with your booking

* There is a 50 cent ticket fee and a 2.5% processing for each booking made.

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

 

 

Keeping Bush School Accessible to All

With prices increasing we would like to see our programs remain accessible to all children. If you are struggling financially please come and talk to us. If you have an indigenous heritage we offer reduced rates. If you are feeling particularly abundant you can make a donation towards our scholarship fund to enable other children to attend. Talk to Rohan for more details.

 

Refund/Cancelation 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 canceling less than 7 days from attendance date. No refund is given if you cancel less than 48 hours before the attendance date. We are generally happy to transfer a booking to another date with a minimum 48 hours notice, depending on availability. Unfortunately we do not refund if you forget to attend or your child is sick.

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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