Opening September 2026

Berry pod

Part-time learning for students from 10-16 years

The Berry Pod is our Education and Learning Pod for young people aged 10-16 years. It is open from 9:35am to 3:30pm on Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays, during term time. Each student’s experience on each day is unique as they have access to the resources in the pod, and collaborate with facilitators and their peers.

Plans are made as a group in the opening meeting and can be based on ideas from closing meetings in previous sessions, and by exploring ideas according to our resources and what students feel connected to. The interests and curiosities of all students are taken into account and everyone’s needs are balanced.

Our primary goal in the berry pod is to be a place where students feel safe to take initiative, and gain the skills to work collaboratively and independently towards their own goals. We want students to feel more connected to themselves, their families and the world around them.

Berry resources

The Berry Pod has access to a wide range and growing set of resources including:

  • Art and design supplies
  • Social games
  • Outdoor & physical equipment
  • Books and online resources
  • Sensory equipment
  • Science and maths equipment
  • Quiet and comfortable spaces
  • Dress up and performance
  • Narrative tools
  • Nature and forest resources
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If you are considering Hawthorn Small School please get in contact with us so that we can chat about your families’ needs and what we offer.

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