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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.

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.

Term 1: Tuesday 5th February – Tuesday 2nd April (9 weeks), from 1pm – 4pm.

The Tribe is a democratic and creative education program, which means the children work towards self-organising and self-governing, as well as undertaking collaborative and experiential 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.

The Tribe is held every Tuesday afternoon from 1pm – 4pm during school term. This unique session gives the children of The Tribe and of the Maxwell Creative School the opportunity to work together on whole-school projects, allowing the children who have already formed friendships to build upon them and for new ones to grow. 

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.


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-project and plan for its 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-project
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-project
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

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.