We are opening our own primary school…
Old MACDONALDS BUSH AND FARM SCHOOL FOR PRIMARY AGED CHILDREN (5-12) IS SET TO OPEN THIS COMING MARCH!
What are we all about?
At our Bush and Farm school, children will spend the entire day absorbed in nature. The curriculum will be child led and come purely from the child’s interests, empowering them to take the lead in their own learning. Tamariki will have the option to be involved in projects and see tasks through from planning to implementing, then reflecting on the process.
We value the importance of dispositional learning and hope that when each child comes to us, they leave with a positive view of themselves a learner. Through our learning experiences in the bush and on the farm, we will see our tamariki face challenges and experience risk taking in a safe environment, develop all of their senses and use them as a tool for learning, develop social skills for establishing and maintaining friendship and learn respect for the land. With these tools under their belt, we believe they will be able to face many challenges that come their way and can trust in themselves as a learner.
We value the importance of free play and the role it has for children’s learning. Through play, children learn and practice social literacy; communication, empathy and relationships. By having animals that children can interact with means they can naturally take on the role of guardians/kaitiaki.
We follow closely both Te Whariki and the New Zealand Curriculum and have teachers who have sound knowledge of these wonderful learning tools. Our team will be fully qualified in outdoor first aid and we will handpick people who have different strengths, interests and qualifications that will benefit the children.
Our children’s lives these days are often so busy and not every child thrives in a normal classroom environment 5 days a week. We also acknowledge that all children learn differently and at their own pace. We believe that having a day out from their structured routine, grounded in nature and learning and practising social and practical skills will benefit children immensely.
We intend to work in partnership with schools and to complement what they already do. We are lucky here in New Zealand that under the Education Act 1989 section 25B children are given permission to attend alternative learning facilities for one day a week.
Old MacDonald’s Bush and Farm School will run one day a week during term time for children aged between 5-12. Our ratios will be 1:9. Unfortunately, there is no Government funding for this sort of venture at the moment, and we have no other donations from outside sources. Therefore, the cost to attend will be $80 per day per child.
Alongside our one day a week school, we will also be running a holiday programme for children to attend during the school holidays.
We look forward to the possibility of learning alongside your child in the near future.
The Old MacDonald’s Bush and Farm School team
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”