Our Bush Classroom

A unique learning environment on a precious conservation site.

The SIPPS Bush Classroom sits within a remnant of the original Duffy's Forest, an endangered ecological site protected under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act, 1995. Only 15 per cent of the original Duffy's Forest has survived and our school holds one of the last remaining bastions of the ancient forest,

 

The Bush Classroom was built as an educational and conservation initiative between the School, the SIPPS P&C and Ku-ring-gai Council and remains an important historic conservation site within the Ku-ring-gai catchment. It also provides a unique and exciting outdoor learning environment for our students. It is important that we work together as a community to protect, learn from, celebrate and preserve this precious environment and educational asset.

 


 

Bush Classroom Initiatives


The enormous potential of the Bush Classroom offers a range of opportunities for classes, learning enrichment programs and a range of activities such as:

 

  • Environmental, ecological, sustainability subjects

  • Human Society and Its Environment

  • STEM Learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

  • Indigenous studies

  • Outdoor art classes

  • Orienteering and mapping

  • Species identification and ledger

  • Forums and discussions

  • Visits/joint sessions with other schools

  • Visits from SES, Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade on fire safety

  • Ongoing expert talks on bush care

  • Native Wildlife/Reptile/Devil’s Ark visits

  • Indigenous groups

  • Musical events

  • Plays and drama

We encourage our entire SIPPS Community to embrace, support and experience this unique and exciting educational space.

How you can help?

We would love parents, grandparents and members of the St Ives community to share in our love of nature and gardening.  If you have experience in gardening or bushcare, or just have a desire to learn, please contact us to see how you can be involved with the St Ives Park Public school Bush Classroom and Eco-Garden.

Thanks to everyone who came to help at our first Bush Classroom Working Bee in August!
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