ONE DAY PROGRAMMES
Education outside the classroom
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.
Price: $718 for 10 sessions (with learning story) + Orton Bradley fees*
Dates: Term 1, 9 - 3pm
February 4th - April 8th, 2021.
A full-term commitment is required.
A pilot programme
In these shorter sessions, we will spend time in the bush or on the farm, down by the water and by the fire. In a mixture of free play, exploration and small group activities. 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.
Price: $50/ day (no learning story)
Time: Wed 9 - 1 pm in Term 1 & 4
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: 5-12 years
Dates: Thursday Sessions from the 15th October -3rd December 2020
Time: 9 - 3pm
Cost: $578 for 8 sessions (with learning story) + Orton Bradley fees*
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 School in Term 4 and Term 1?
We strongly believe that enrolling your child in Bush Farm School for six months as a bare minimum. Ideally, we prefer children to enrol for a few years. 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, as well as develop relationships. Each year, our programme themes will remain the same, however we will develop 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.