The Tribe2019-01-22T13:46:51+00:00
The Tribe

The Tribe

The Tribe is designed for a small group of motivated and passionate kids from 6 to 12 years who are ready and willing to engage with some environmental activism.

It is held every Friday afternoon during school term, from 1pm-4pm.  Enrolments are now open! 

Term 1: Friday 8th February – Friday 5th April (9 weeks)

Dash Russell, The Tribe’s facilitator, is bursting with young and enthusiastic energy, ready to embark with the children on a journey through a collaborative process into an eco-project design, development, fulfillment and presentation.

The Tribe offers creative education through the lens of environmental and social education, using experiential, democratic, and self-directed learning.

The Tribe develop environmental projects as a whole group, as individual members, and with the whole school including the Maxwell Creative School and Farm School. The projects planned for this term include the creation of a large kitchen garden, and a stone fire pit and cob or straw-bale gathering area, along with other, yet to be inspired projects.

The Tribe provides parents with an option to drop-off their children or stay with the program. Every session has at least one parent helper.


Enrolments are open!

Friday 1pm – 4pm… click on the button below 🙂

Enrolment form

Our Goals

We aim for the children to be (in no particular order):

  • generating and pursuing ideas
  • incorporating others into their ideas
  • building listening and democratic skills
  • adding value to their environment and to each other
  • communicating care to the farm animals
  • designing projects
  • documenting their processes
  • broadening their range of technical skills
  • partnering with community organisations, artists, and businesses, and
  • performing or presenting their work to their project’s beneficiaries.

The Tribe’s educator

Dash is an energetic young man, dedicated to mentoring young people.

His interests are in permaculture, psychotherapy, education, festival and village culture, intentional communities, composing music, and philosophy. He has experience in outside school hours care and seasonal work at kids bush camps.

Currently he is starting his third year at Ikon Institute, and his second year at the Montessori World Education Institute.

Dash was born and raised in Orange NSW, and now lives in Tecoma where he loves to tinker and grow food.


The Tribe is encouraged to, as much as they can, manage their session themselves.

Every week, our sessions are filled with a variety of individual and collective activities that bring our childrens’ social and ecological awareness to life. Our program is an indoor-outdoor program. The children are free to play in both environments with all toys and art materials.

The Tribe has full access to the whole property including the dam (child-fenced), paddocks, fire pits, conservation area, playground, orchard, sandpit, sports court, the animals, and our emerging maker-space. Much of our time is spent outside.

Our individual and collaborative projects have a focus upon the arts and environment.

Our projects often include:

  • nature-art including drawing, painting and craft
  • design and creation of outdoor spaces, and
  • story and forms of literature

Our activities include:

  • exploring the paddocks, bush, orchard and dam
  • dressing up
  • feeding the chooks and duck, and collecting eggs
  • preparing a communal meal
  • arts and construction activities
  • caring for our guinea pig family, billy the goat, and our newly-arriving pony and his best friend, Sheep
  • juicing fruits and veggies
  • exploring educational materials
  • constructing with adult tools
  • reading stories
  • cooking in the open fire, and
  • pursuing our individual and collective ideas and projects.


The structure usually follows this sequence:

Time Activity
1pm arrive and reconnect
1.15pm democratic meeting, nominate a chairperson and scribe for the meeting, discuss and offer and vote on ideas for the session (which may include small creative projects, farm chores, nature walk, book club or lessons they offer to teach each other), reflect on the development of The Tribe’s eco-projects and plan for progression, discuss problems they are experiencing
1.35pm facilitation of the activities based upon their ideas from the meeting, and progression of The Tribe’s eco-projects
2.30pm afternoon tea and free-play
3pm facilitation of the activities based upon their ideas from the meeting, and progression of The Tribe’s eco-projects
3.45pm democratic meeting, make plans for afternoon tea next week, share reflections, and decide on who is doing which house-work tasks
3.55pm house-work… vacuuming, kitchen, table-tops
Enrolment form

Fees per session

The fees for each term in 2019 are:

  • $22 for eldest child in the family, $17 for second, and $12 for third and fourth children.


Refunds are only offered when children go away on holidays or other travels with their families.

Our Why

We are concerned that research shows:

  • childrens’ creative abilities substantially reduce during their school years
  • a social, economic and environmental demand for creativity, and
  • increasing current and emerging social and ecological issues for which solutions are not yet found.

SoCE aims to ensure children have the best possible chance to:

  • grow into adults adept to working together
  • be part of the solution to social and ecological and social issues, and
  • are able to co-create their chosen culture, long after we are gone.

We do this by providing education through:

  • the creative process rather than the academic
  • the democratic process rather than the authoritarian
  • the natural world rather than the manufactured.

Where we are

Our campus is at 6 Rainy Hill Road, Cockatoo. We occupy the new building.

What to bring

We spend most of our time outside, so…

  • gumboots all year round
  • a complete change of clothes for children and adults
  • sun hats during terms 1 and 4, and beanies during terms 2 and 3
  • warm, wind and waterproof jackets and pants (where possible) during terms 2 and 3
  • ingredients for lunch which the home-schooled groups decide upon the previous session, and
  • medications if needed.

We encourage families to keep their mobile phones on them at all times.

All bags can be stored on a hook at the front door.