Te Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour,
Te Pataka o Te Pataka o Rakaihautū  The Banks Peninsula
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Education outside the classroom 

Spring Term

Farm Adventures

Come along to experience our seasonal spring offering of 'Life on the farm'. In these sessions, students will begin to feel at home in the natural world, and on the farm. Students will experience life on a sheep farm through a structured learning cycle, free-play,  eco-literacy games and sensory activities. We will cover everything from how to care for these animals, to understanding the wool cycle from the sheep to sweater.

Age: 5-10 years
Dates: Thursday Sessions from the 17th October -4th December 2019
Time: 9 - 3pm
Cost: $576 + Orton Bradley fees*
Spaces Limited

A full-term commitment is required.

Orton Bradley fees are $1/ child each time you enter the park and $5/ adult (if you intend to stay and not just drop-off). 

Spring Term, a pilot programme

Little Farmers

In these shorter sessions, through a mixture of free-play and a short learning cycle, students will experience life on a sheep farm. We will spend time with these animals,  explore and discover this farm environment. 

Age: 5-8  years
Dates: Wednesday Sessions from the 30th October - 27th November  2019

Time: 9 - 1pm*

Location: Oxford
Cost: $250 (includes a learning story)
Spaces Limited

A full 5-week commitment is required.

*An after programme service may be available. Please inquire. 

Summer Term 

Bush Adventures

Come along to experience our seasonal summer offering of ‘The river of life’.  In these sessions,  we will explore life in a New Zealand stream. In a mixture of free play, exploration and small group activities, we will cover everything from the formation of the rocks to the plants, bird and insect life. Students will have the opportunity to nurture their connection to the land, learn real-life skills and in time, allow them to feel at home in the natural world. 


Age 5-10

Price: $576 for 8 sessions  + Orton Bradley fees*

Dates: Term 1, 9 - 3pm

February 13th - April 2nd, 2020.

Spaces Limited



A full-term commitment is required.  



Orton Bradley fees are $1/ child each time you enter the park and $5/ adult (if you intend to stay and not just drop-off). 


Want to sign up for both Bush and Farm adventures in Term 4 and Term 1? 

We strongly believe that enrolling your child in Bush Farm School for at least a six-month commitment. Children take time to adjust to any new environment, as well as our mentoring and guiding strategies.  It is only over time that we begin to see real changes.  Each year, our programme themes will remain the same. We hope this consistency will enable deeper levels of knowing about this tūrangaewaewae, the place where we stand.

Information if your child attends school

We recommend first that you let your school know that you are thinking about sending your child to our One Day programme. Parents tend to have a kōrero/ conversation with their principal to discuss why this programme would be beneficial for their child. It may be about Hauora/ health and wellbeing, movement,  creativity, nature connection, or something else.   If you need more evidence-based research and resources, Bush Farm School can help. 

Bush Farm School has been in contact with the Christchurch Ministry of Education, who have stipulated that we can have children released from school (based on section 25B and 71). 25B stipulates that the principal of a State school may if satisfied that a student will receive outside the school tuition acceptable to the principal, release the student from attendance at the school, for a period or periods agreed with a parent of that student, to receive the tuition. Section 71 stipulates that you can have courses, work experience and visits outside of the school premises. 

It is up to schools to know how to proceed for absentees. Each school is different. You will need to have a conversation with the principal about this. We, Bush Farm School cannot do this for you. This has to be an agreement between the school and yourself. We wish for the school to be on board so that it can become a true partnership with the aim that this becomes a complimentary programme that benefits your child. 

We do have a letter that you can give parents about our programme, as well as the Achievement Objectives we intend to meet. There is a possibility that principals may want to take this further to the Board of Trustees. We are happy to support you whatever way we can, as well as offer you any of our policies that can help with the application. 

These One Day Schools are popping up now, all over the country. Hopefully, with the current overhaul of schooling in New Zealand, this way forward can challenge the status quo to how schools currently operate.