Bush School at Upper Sturt Primary School means children learn how to enjoy living in and caring for our natural environment whether in the bush or at the beach. We have created spaces that are aesthetically appealing and harmonious with our natural world with a greater emphasis on the learning flowing between inside and outside, and beyond.
We have constructed a Bush Village which includes a fire pit and central meeting place, tipi, loose parts play, giant sandpit, natural adventure play area (climbing, swinging, crawling), outdoor kitchen, and more. The “hub” of the bush village is the fire pit area, which is where we congregate for Circle Time in the mornings. It is also often a place for damper to be cooked, stories to be told, songs to be sung, and sparks to fly! The students off Upper Sturt have been directly involved in the design and creation of the Bush Village. The giant sandpit has been fondly referred to by the students as ‘SA’s biggest sandpit… other than the beach!”
The Food Forest enhances children’s understanding in sustainable and organic survival where all students undertake daily routines of recycling, composting and litter control.
A community garden is currently in the works – we are hoping this will be established soon to encourage local community members to contribute to and take part in the beautiful gardening opportunities at Bush School.
Tjirbruke (fire-pit area) is a smaller meeting place where we share stories, sing and learn about risk assessments and safety. It is a place where we not only light fires but ignite minds.
Just up the path into the heritage bush is the Story Telling Chair (carved from a tree stump) surrounded by natural wood benches. This space is perfect to sit and read or hear an oral story nestled between the tall gum trees.
A walk through the grounds also reveals the hidden fairy toadstool table and seats, amphitheatre with rock seating, mud kitchen, and colonial cottage, just to name a few.