Rahamim Programs for Schools
These programs are adaptable for primary, junior secondary, middle and senior secondary students. The length of each program can be tailored to meet the needs of the group. They are generally 30-40mins each.School retreats and spirituality days can be designed for your class, leadership team, year group or whole school.
Music, Drama, Visual Art and Design (integrating Sciences, Religious Education and Geography)
3D Eco Art
Explore below the heritage oak trees and find a good part of a fallen branch or cone that could become a work of art. Notice the shape, line, and texture of your item. Decorate your item using beautiful traditional indigenous colours and patterns or colourful yarn bombing and weaving.
Drawing on Quiet Observation
This activity is about finding your own quiet spot and closely observing something from our grounds outside. It could be an ordinary patch of grass, a new pea seedling, a feather, a water drop under a microscope, anything with small details that you can observe and sketch carefully. You’ll be surprised how you feel afterwards!
Read the story The Island by John Heffernan, a story book about our fascination with the beautiful gifts Earth provides and what happens if too many people over-use them. Use the traditional dramatic form of Shadow Theatre from ancient South-East Asia to re-tell the end of the story.
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be a growing bean or an ancient oak tree? Inspired by the Japanese method ’Butoh’, experience how very slow free movement and compelling music can inspire our imagination to re-connect us with the natural world.
Natural Pigments and Paints
Discover ancient methods of expression that have been used in indigenous rock art for thousands of years by using plants and soils to make coloured paints.
Getting into Clay
When we hold clay in our hands we connect with our origins, with Earth. Spend time relaxing with the experience of clay and expressing yourself in sculpture inspired by our natural surrounds.
Foliage and Feathers
Re-discover the wonderful textures and shapes available to us by collecting foliage and feather specimens from our garden to use instead of paint brushes. Contribute to the Rahamim installation art project so we can remember you long after you go home!
Voice of the Voiceless: Advocacy Songs and Stencils
Meet Paul, our resident eco-warrior, who will tell us stories of how he bravely protected ancient trees in the Leard State Forest of NSW and saved kangaroo populations on Mt Panorama. Learn about ways we can spread the word by creating simple stencils, inspired by the artist Banksy, with natural spray paint onto recycled cardboard to take home. Learn some of Paul’s catchy original songs to share with your family and friends.
Choir and Drumming Workshop
Learn about the wonders of our natural world through fun songs, chants and rounds that will get you drumming and moving!
Get to know the basics of the permaculture design principles. Put them to use by designing the beginnings of a permaculture system for your school!
What’s wrong with my $4 t-shirt? Explore the world of fast fashion, human exploitation and environmental degradation by re-thinking your wardrobe. Learn the skills to fix, design and make your own slow fashion.
Carbon Neutral Challenge
What is an entrepreneur? What skills do they have? How can we make our lives better and solve a massive challenge? Use your aspiration to be a famous entrepreneur to come up with an imaginative, simple design to solve a big problem – carbon emissions from transport - and help the world get off fossil fuels. Enter your design into the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest or Latrobe University’s Aspire Generation initiative.
Geography (integrating Science and Maths)
Explore the 3 types of Environments (Natural, Managed and Constructed) of Rahamim, our water story, wet and dry environments, different plant species, plant uses and the Wiradjuri heritage of this site. Using a grid, create a map to show your Geography skills!
Flour in Focus - Wood-fired Damper Cooking
Where does flour come from and what foods can we make with it? Use the wood-fired oven and follow a recipe to bake damper with herbs from the garden, then top with honey from Rahamim’s bees - enjoy!
Learn about how all the parts of the grounds at Rahamim are designed to connect together to create one big sustainable relationship to support life for humans, chickens, bees wild creatures (like insects and possums), water and soil. Hear the story of our heritage trees, the mountains and grasslands we can see from the veranda of St Joseph’s Mount. Discover how we can grow food without chemicals. Have a go at working in our community garden.
What’s in soil that makes it grow food? Take some time to learn about compost lasagne – the layers that work together to make rich soils at Rahamim and the VIP worms that love to get in there. Have a go at putting on the different layers and turning some compost so that we can make our worms happy and grow yummy organic veggies long into the future.
Seeds for the Future
Learn about the best ways to grow food from heritage seeds and the importance of keeping these varieties going. We will plant some seeds in re-purposed containers for our polyhouse. Choose a seedling to take with you and grow some veggies at home!
Use hands-on maths activities to work out how care of the environment directly effects care of human beings, especially in developing countries around the world. This hands-on activity puts us in the shoes of those who produce our chocolate, soccer balls, fashion and other everyday items to work out what’s fair for Earth and fair for people.
Did you know Australia could produce enough energy for everyone on just 0.3% of our land? Learn how energy is made and stored by looking at how our solar panels and wind turbines work. Create your own way of generating power through solar cookers and our famous “Bike Cinema”!
Journey of the Universe
Check out the amazing timeline which traces the story of Rahamim way back, starting from the Big Bang! Learn about how supernovas gave birth to galaxies, our solar system, then life on our Earth and very home. Observe parts of our site that date back millions of years and imagine what might happen in the future.
Wiradjuri Voices at Rahamim
Our nearby mountain, Wahluu (Mt Panorama), was an important meeting place of initiation for Wiradjuri people. Through bush-tucker, stories and songs, learn about how the Wiradjuri cared for the land, waters and all living things on the site we now call Rahamim.
Eco Bag & Bailing Twine Problem Solving
Horse-lovers around Bathurst collect high-quality feed bags and bailing twine that are non-recyclable. Join us in inventing a new purpose for these unwanted items and print your own logo on the finished product.