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holiday program flyerHi Good Folk,

Shake off the mud and debris, helicopter the kids in to Brunswick Heads with their packs and rations for the holidays cos they won't want to miss Brunswick Bush School's Easter holiday program! Packed full of nature's goodness we have a range of fun and exciting programs for kids aged from 3 to 12 to keep them happily engaged. Let nature do the nurturing in these turbulent muddy times! Click on the booking link below each program table to make your bookings.

On a more sober note, many communities and families have been highly impacted by the recent devastating floods. Many will take a long time to recover their lives. Our hearts and thoughts go to those struggling in these challenging times. Many families have been highly traumatised by the experience, and many children have been heavily impacted by the events. We are endeavouring to help our young folk and communities by creating safe, fun, nurturing spaces, to help ground and create stability in these turbulent times. We are aware that some children (and adults too!) are carrying big loads. Nature is a powerful healer. We are here to help and support so reach out if you need to! 

It takes a village to raise a child!

Having said this, local mobile phone networks have been strectched beyond their capacity lately and we haven't been able to make or receive calls or texts at times. If you can't get through on the phone, consider sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or try our facebook page.

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. 

We have three different programs on offer for ages 3-12 years; Our Main Program for boys and girls 6-12 years running 5 days both weeks of the holidays, the Wild Wallabies for the wee’uns aged 3-5 years running 5 days a week both weeks of the holidays, and the Grrrls Only! program just for girlsaged 6-12 years on Tuesday and Thursday each week.

If you would love to see more children attend and are feeling abundant consider gifting to our scholarship fund. See bottom of the page.

Scroll down for more information and dates. To make a booking click on the booking link at the bottom of the table that will take you to our booking website.

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.

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

Booking Link at bottom of table!

Session Time

           Activity

Description

Monday 11th April

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.

Tuesday 12th  April

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.

Wednesday 13th  April

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.

Thursday 14th  April

9-3pm

Animal Tracks, scats and Traces

There are signs of animals all around us but how do you know where to find them and what to look for? This fun day will explore the skill of animal tracking so you can track and find the animals that live all around us.

Friday 15th  April

9-3pm

Please note we have cancelled the previously advertised activity of Canoeing on this day due to high pollution levels in the river and will be offering the below activity instead.

Death Traps and Snares

In this activity we explore several different types of animal traps and snares you can make with simple equipment. Once you learn the different techniques you will be making your own and well on the way to knowing how to survive in the bush!

Monday 18th  April

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 19th April

9-3pm

Knife and Pouch* Day 1

This is a two day workshop! For the first day we sew a buttoned leather pouch for your knife. Bring your own knife or you can purchase a new folding Opinel knife suitable for children when you book in. Workshop includes knife safety instructions. Please book in for both days. Suitable for children aged 7+. *You have the option of purchasing a New No 7 sized Opinel Knife for $30 when booking in.

Wednesday 20th April

9-3pm

Knife and Pouch* Day 2  

For the second day of the knife and pouch workshop we finish our pouches, attach a clip, learn knife safety and practise our whittling skills. Bring your own knife or you can purchase a new folding Opinel knife suitable for children when you book. Workshop includes knife safety instructions. Please book in for both days. Suitable for children aged 7+. *The option to buy a New No 7 sized Opinel Knife will cost $30 when booking in.

Thursday 21st April

9-3pm

Mini beasts

Attention!! Due to recent floods, the Brunswick river may be too polluted to enter. We have cancelled Canoeing and will hunt for minibeasts instead! 

Becasue of concern about water quality we have changed from Canoeing to Mini beasts

Mini Beasts: Have you seen the amazing beasts that roam the bush? You wouldn't even know they are there, they are so small! We will be hunting for them, looking at tehm up close and learning about their facinating behaviour.

Friday 22nd April

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.

Main Program Booking Link:   

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

Cost is $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.

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 ticket fee and a 2.5% processing 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) Autumn Holiday Program

The Grrrls only program is back on this Autumn 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 fantastic creative activities. Check out the program below and click on the booking link to book in!

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.

Booking Link at bottom of table!

                      Date

                       Activity

                     Description

Tuesday 12th April

        Nature Dance

Be inspired by the way nature moves and have fun with the girls creating our very own dance choreography. 

Thursday 14th April

                      Watercolour Painting

Come play with colour and get creative in the bush with the girls. 
 

     

Tuesday 19th April

                   Magic Wands

Hocus Pocus put your mind in focus and conjure up a magic wand. Decorate with your hearts intentions with beads and natural treasures to create your very own wand and create a spell to bring about all your deepest desires.

Thursday 21st April

 Bush Balms

CANCELLED

Grrrls Only! Booking Link:

 trybooking

 

All activities will run from 9-3pm and are based outdoors for the entire day. We meet at the Brunswick Heads Tennis Courts opposite the Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club and then head into the bush.

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, the listed activity, a swim if weather permits and tonnes of adventure!! The listed activity is optional for children to do, we encourage them to participate but don't require them to.

Cost is $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.

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 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 Autumn 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 to friday on the following dates:

Week one: April 11th-15th

Week two: April 19th-22nd. (Note: not running Mon18th)

Click on the link below to book in.

Call Rohan on 0407898374 for more details.

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.

Wild Wallabies Booking Link:

 trybooking

All activities will run from 9-3pm and are based outdoors for the entire day. We meet at the Brunswick Heads Tennis Courts opposite the Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club and then head into the bush. 

Cost is $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.

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 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.