Wild Wallabies & Black Cockatoos

 

Welcome to Brunswick Bush School's booking page for the Black Cockatoos and the Wild Wallabies term time 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.

 

Attention! Please make contact with Rohan (phone, text or email is best) before making a booking to ensure we have adequate space!

 

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

Mondays: Trybooking Link This group is currently FULL, please do NOT book in unless you have a place confirmed with Rohan.

 

Wednesdays:  Trybooking Link

 

Fridays: Trybooking Link This group is currently FULL, please do NOT book in unless you have a place confirmed with Rohan.

 

The Black Cockatoos for children aged 6-12 years runs every thursday during term time from 9-3.  We spend the day in bushland connecting, exploring, creating and sharing. With a mix of schooled and home-schooled children we foster a supportive and relaxed group learning environment teaching practical bushcraft skills and exploring natural themes.

Thursdays: Trybooking Link

 

Unfortunatley we can no longer accept cash payments or direct deposits.

 

Terms and Conditions

Please note we require a commitment for the full term. We do not refund if you do not attend or your child is sick. We still have to pay staff whether you are there or not. 

Holiday Programs

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Hey Good Peoples,

As the world melts down Brunswick Bush School is forging ahead with the best antidote to crazy humans and out of control zombie viruses- Nature Time! Reclaim your sanity while giving the kids a good grounding in earth connection and nature play.

Come and lick the lock-down with us! The kids are busting to get outside and we have more fun options on offer than you can poke a needle at. Book into our Spring Holiday program now. We have three different programs on offer for all 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 Girls aged 6-12 years on Tuesday and Thursday each week.

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

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 Spring Holiday Program September 2021 (for kids 6-12 years)

 

Session Time

           Activity

Description

 Booking Link

Monday 20th  September

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.

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Tuesday 21st  September

9-3pm

 Spear Making

Spear Making: Calling all young warriors! Using locally sourced materials for our spears we will whittle our spears and then harden the tips in fire to craft a deadly spear. Then we learn how to throw them safely. For ages 8 and up recommended.

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Wednesday 22nd September

9-3pm

      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!

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Thursday 23rd  September

9-3pm

  Camouflage

Camouflage! 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!

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Friday 24th  September

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 birdlife that lives in the area. Suitable for children 7+ years. Some canoeing experience recommended.  *Limit of 16 children $10 Surcharge

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Monday 27th  September

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 birdlife that lives in the area. Suitable for children 7+ years. Some canoeing experience recommended.  *Limit of 16 children $10 Surcharge

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Tuesday 28th  September

9-3pm

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 $15. Kids get to take home their blaster.

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Wednesday 29th 

September

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.

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Thursday 30th  September

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 Gryll’s 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.

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Friday 1st October

9-3pm

     Bark Boats

We craft cute palm frond boats with out riggers to sail the mighty bruns! Stiched together and sealed with glue, we attach a sail and some rigging and cast off to sail the seven seas!

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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, 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) Spring Holiday Program

The Grrrls only program is back on this Spring 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.

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 21st September

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!

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Thursday 23rd September

Branch Weaving

Come and join us for a fun and 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!

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Tuesday 28th September

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.

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Thursday 30th September

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.

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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 Spring Holiday Program (for children 3-5 years)

Spring into action and hop along to the Wild Wallabies this 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. We explore, make stuff, play and learn about native plants and animals while building confidence and resilience in your child. Each day we explore a particular nature based theme. Click on the link next to the day you wish to book in to. We have now limited the group size of the Wild Wallabies to a max of 12 children.

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!!

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.

Date

Booking Link

Monday 20th September

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Tuesday 21st September

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Wednesday 22nd September

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Thursday 23rd September

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Friday 24th September

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Monday 27th September

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Tuesday 28th September

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Wednesday 29th   September

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Thursday 30th September

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Friday 1st October

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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. 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.

 

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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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