Wild Wallabies & Black Cockatoos

 

Welcome to Brunswick Bush School's booking page for the Black Cockatoos and the Wild Wallabies programs. Please click on the link beside the program to take you to our booking webiste for enrolment and payment. For more information about these programs contact Rohan on 0407898374 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Wild Wallabies for kids aged 3-5 years is Brunswick Bush School's nurturing nature conncection program for little people. 

Mondays    Humanitix Booking Link

Wednesdays  Humanitix Booking Link

Fridays  Humanitix Booking Link

 

The Black Cockatoos for kids aged 6-12 years. Weekly on thursdays.  Humanitix Booking Link

 

Holiday Programs

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Brunswick Bush School’s Awesome Autumn Holiday program is now open for bookings. We spend the day in the wilds learning, sharing, exploring and creating. Our programs are designed to reconnect and rewild your child building their confidence, resilience and teaching them hands on skills. Come and get dirty with us! Check out our jam-packed adventure filled activities below. We have new activities on offer such as spear making and camouflage. News Flash!!  We are also running a series of Grrrrls Only activities. The Girls only program is for girls to connect and craft in a gentle and nurturing space.Scroll down for more information dates and bookings.  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 on offer (scroll down 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.

 

Brunswick Bush School's Easter Holiday Program April 2021 (for kids 6-12 years)

Session Time            Activity Description  Booking Link

Monday 5th April

9-3pm (public holiday)

Canoeing Bruns to       Kings Creek Today we follow the incoming tide and adventure up the Main Arm of the Bruns River taking in bushland and wildlife. We'll stop at our favourite tree along the way to attach a swing for some fun bombs into the water! trybooking

Tuesday 6th April

9-3pm

         New Activity!  

       Camouflage

Camouflage or the art of concealment! Whether tracking an animal or trying to hide from one, camouflage is a great bush skill to know. We will be learning how to make our own camouflage paint, painting ourselves up, adding a few leaves and sticks and practising our tracking and hiding skills. Come dressed in your best camo gear! trybooking

Wednesday 7th 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

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Thursday 8th 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

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Friday 9th April

9-3pm

New Activity!

           Mini Beasts

Have you seen the amazing beasts that roam the bush! You wouldn’t even know they are there because they are so small!! We will be collecting these mini beasts, looking at them up close and learning about their fascinating behaviour! trybooking

Monday 12th

April

9-3pm

        New Activity!  

       Spear Making

Using locally sourced materials we will practice our whittling skills and harden the tips in fire to craft a spear. For ages 8 and up recommended. trybooking

Tuesday 13th

April

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 riverbanks. We'll stop at our favourite tree to attach a swing for some fun bombs into the water! trybooking

Wednesday 14th April

9-3pm

Fire Making Kit Day 1*

In this two day workshop we learn about the importance of fire as a powerful tool. We teach fire safety and how to start a fire using natural materials. On day one we sew a special pouch to put our fire kit into.

*$5 surcharge for materials

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Thursday 15th April

Fire Making Kit Day 2*

For the second day of this activity we learn about special fire making fibres, grasses and barks that can be used to start a fire. We fill our fire starting kit that can be carried around in your pack when you are out bush. Each kit includes a complimentary flint and steel to take home.

*$10 surcharge for materials

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Friday 16th

April

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!! Kids get to take home their blaster. Recommended age 8 and up.

*There is a materials charge of $15.

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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 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)

The Grrrls only program is back on this Easter holidays. This exciting 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.

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. Thanks for your patience!!

Date Activity Description Booking Link
Tuesday 6th April Magic Wands

Hocus Pocus, put your minds in focus, conjure up a magic wand. Add some ribbon, and some beads- you can create whatever you need!

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Thursday 8th April Nature Candles  Make your own candle. We will be experimenting with natural beeswax, adding scents and decorating with treasures from nature to make beautiful candles. trybooking
Tuesday 13th April Rhythm Sticks Create you own musical instrument! Discover the awesome meditative art of whittling; make and decorate your very own rhythm sticks. A fun project using our special whittling knives. trybooking
Thursday 15th April Flower and Plant Press Today we make handy flower presses from plywood for pressing and drying your favourite flowers and leaves. The leaves and flowers can then be used for decoration or you can make a scrapbook for identifying plants.

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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, 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.

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

Hop along to the Wild Wallabies this easter for some great nature play. 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 for the little ones. We explore, make stuff, play and learn about native plants and animals while building confidence and resilience in your child. The table below lists the theme for the day. Click on the link next to the day you wish to book in to.

Call Rohan on 0407898374 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. Thanks for your patience!!

Date Theme for the day Booking Link

Monday 5th

April (public holiday)

How the goanna got it's colours.

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Wednesday 7th

April

Exploring the underworld of leaf litter.

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Friday 9th

April

Tiddalick the frog

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Monday 12th

April

Mangrove meanderings. We go for an adventure into the mangroves to discover what is there...

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Wednesday 14th

April

How kangaroo got it's pouch.

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Friday 16th

April

Patterns and textures. We make clay tablets and print them with things we find in nature....

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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, 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.

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 if you cancel 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.

 

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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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