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)
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
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!