Launching Bush School
Updated: Aug 3
Bush school has its origins in Europe, where it is called forest schooling and children spend their days outside learning and playing in the forests.
However, forest schools or bush schools as they are known in Australia are unfortunately usually limited to preschool aged children.
Research shows us that the benefits of Bush School extend well beyond the early years as it provides students with the opportunity to be active agents in their own learning; taking responsibility for planning and developing an inquiry whilst also learning about the environment and also fostering risk taking skills. These are all invaluable skills which help develop our students as active and independent learners who have a sense of inquisitiveness and creativity.
A Bush School approach to learning also promotes and supports student engagement and wellbeing by encouraging students to take time to notice changes in our environment, engage in outdoor activities and develop practices of showing gratitude which are all practices which have benefits for our mental health and wellbeing.
We are excited to be working in partnership with Eco Explorers to implement Bush School as part of the regular curriculum at Christmas Hills Primary School and are proud to be the first government school in Victoria to do so.