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School of Cultural Creativity The Tribe

The Tribe

The Tribe is a program for children aged 6 – 14 years, implementing creative education through social and environmental lenses.

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.

Many children seek and greatly benefit from collaborative learning opportunities, especially ones that inspire their questions and that are grounded in projects. With the changing landscape of jobs and careers, children will be entering work forces and building businesses that are predicted to only thrive where a collaborative, co-creative approach is integrated into the culture of their organisation, along with sustainable, ecological solutions, and creative approaches to product and service design, delivery and sales. Learning how to master collaboration and co-creativity takes time and practice, and giving them these opportunities from a young age is becoming increasingly essential.

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
  • designing projects
  • documenting their processes
  • developing their creative capabilities
  • broadening their range of technical skills
  • utilising printed language and imagery,
  • partnering with community organisations, artists, and businesses, and
  • performing or presenting their work to their project’s beneficiaries.


Enrolments are open for term 3 and term 4!

If you would like to book for the whole semester, follow the form. Fees are paid while enrolling.

Please click below to make your booking for The Tribe.

Enrolment form


At the start of each session, the children host their democratic meeting where they:

  • share project ideas
  • collectively evaluate the progression of their project(s) and vote upon the next steps
  • identify problems, share solutions and vote upon these
  • share ideas for the session
  • learn about the session’s experiences being offered, and
  • nominate which activities individuals will participate it.

The rest of the session focuses upon the practical experiences in which they collaborate and fulfil their ideas and projects.

The members of The Tribe are asked to complete three projects per term:

  • a Zen Project, in which children pursue an activity that helps them to ‘zen-out’, such as a craft or sport
  • a Gift Project, in which childre take a gift or a talent to the next level, and
  • a Knowledge Project, in which children work hands-on in their project while consciously withdrawing new knowledge and skills from their inquiry.

The Tribe are explicitly taught the theory of inquiry-based learning as well as creative theory, to enable a more conscious understanding of their project development.

The Tribe have full access to the whole property including the dam (child-fenced), paddocks, conservation area, playground, orchard, the sports court, and our newly emerging maker-space.

Each session’s activities may include:

  • project development including the arts and ecology
  • equine therapy
  • conservation work
  • art, craft or sporting activities
  • a communal meal, and
  • free-ranging.

At the last meeting of the session, problems are raised through reflection and plans are made for the next session. We are working towards concluding the gathering with a child, parent or staff member offering a prepared two-minute talk on a topic important to them.

Session dates and times

In 2018, we are hosting one Tribe…

  • Wednesday afternoon 12pm – 3pm, beginning with communal lunch

and may open a Sunday afternoon Tribe. If you are interested, please call us on 1300 11 66 54.

Term Dates:

Term 1: Monday 5th February – Thur 29th March (8 weeks)

Term 2: Monday 16th April – Friday 22nd June (10 weeks)

Term 3: Monday 16th July – Friday 21st September (10 weeks)

Term 4: Monday 8th October – Friday 14th December (10 weeks)

Indoor spaces

The Tribe’s indoor spaces include:

  • maker-space
  • lounge meeting area
  • dining and working table
  • kitchen, and an
  • art area

Participant numbers

The Tribe is designed for up to twenty-five children whose ages range from 6 to 14 years. At least one parent will be present per family.


The Tribe is a parent-stay program. Parents stay to add value to the creative process by offering resources such as ideas, community connections, literacy or numeracy help, etc.

Parents join the children for activities and afternoon, however they don’t participate in The Tribe’s democratic meetings, unless invited.

Fees per session

The fees for 2018 are:

Wednesday 12pm – 3pm:

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


Where a whole family will be away for three or more consecutive sessions, families will be offered a refund on the fees paid for the period of absence. During that time, we will invite another family to participate. However, refunds are not offered for irregularly missed sessions or for sessions we have decided to cancel due to bush fire risk.

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 in a pigeon hole at the front door.