One Day Programmes

Education Outside the Classroom

Wed, Oct 14
Laura's Dairy
Little Guardians
Building connections to the natural world.
Thu, Oct 15
Orton Bradley Park
Farm School
Building connections to the farm.

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 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, yet the subject matter will change slightly.  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. 




Te Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour,
Te Pataka o Rakaihautū  The Banks Peninsula,
Aotearoa New Zealand
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