The RIVER SCHOOL

Neohumanist Education for Life

Connection, Love, Compassion & Respect for all Beings and the Environment

Photo credit: Ketakii Jewson-Brown

Principal’s Welcome

On behalf of The River School, I am delighted to welcome you to our website. Please take time to explore our pages and experience a little of the unique and rich learning opportunities our Primary School and Early Childhood Centre (ECC) have to offer.

The River School is a vibrant and diverse community where childhood is nurtured through mutual love and respect for all. It is a place where children feel safe, happy and free to learn ensuring a great foundation that will last them a lifetime.

At the River School we support our students to be confident learners, and promote the development of social and emotional skills for life. We are passionate about guiding our young people to acquire skills that encourage them to question and extend their growth mindsets. To be peacemakers who understand the connection and responsibility to themselves, others, animals and the environment. Our Neohumanist philosophy builds upon the Australian Curriculum enabling our students to take their place as confident, global citizens. The River School provides real life learning experiences where students develop deep knowledge, understandings and skills to assist them as they transition to young adults, making positive contributions to the world.

Having been part of this beautiful School for twenty-two years, in a variety of teacher capacities, and Principal since 2017, it is an honour to showcase our beautiful School. I warmly invite you to come and visit us, meet our inspiring staff, our happy students and experience the School environment.
Anne Donoghoe, Principal

P&F association

All welcome! Check P&F page for next meeting date!

The River School is a community of learning including students from Pre-Kindy to Year 6, teachers, administrators and parents.  It is located four kilometres from Maleny on 26 acres of land, 15 of which is rainforest and creek.

The River School is part of a global Neohumanist Education movement which teaches love and respect for all humanity as well as all living and non-living beings. Through meditation and yoga children learn to experience peace and connectedness; through play-based and excellent academic education they learn how to use their gifts to make a difference; and through the arts they learn how to express their creativity with joy.

The school models sustainability by reducing, reusing and recycling in all areas of school life: from the vegetarian tuck shop, organic gardening, composting and mulching, rainwater collection and solar panels, to personal and social sustainability through enhancing inner peace, teaching moral values and training in relationship-building, leadership and service-oriented programmes.

The River School strives to build a strong cooperative community within and around the school and is part of a network of Neohumanist schools throughout the world.

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There are always so many exciting and enriching events and activities happening at The River School. Take a look at some of the latest news from around school and beyond…

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The River School,
A place where young people are safe, happy and free to learn.

What is Neohumanism?

Helping children to realise their spiritual potential is an integral part of the mission of a Neohumanist school. Children are encouraged to develop their ‘internal life’ and to recognise their ‘interconnectedness of being’ with the natural world and planet Earth.

A Neohumanist education seeks to cultivate in children their already innate capacity for love and compassion. In the words of Shrii Prabat Ranjan Sarkar who first propounded the philosophy and who founded a global network of Neohumanist schools:

When the love of the human heart extends its embrace to the entire living and non-living worlds, this is Neohumanism.

The goal of a Neohumanist education is to expand gradually a student’s sense of community: from self, to family, locality, country, humanity, life on earth and ultimately the entire universe. A Neohumanist education is also an ‘education for the whole child’, that is, for the physical, mental and spiritual child. It is about doing (activity in the world), knowing (learning) and being (entering one’s inner world). A successful education leads to a deep desire for further learning which then continues throughout life.

The River School strives to build a strong cooperative community within and around the school and is part of a network of Neohumanist schools throughout the world.

Welcome to The River School Early Childhood Centre, a place where the magic of childhood is celebrated in every way. Our intention is to become an extended family member to you and your child…

Nurturing Educators  |  Natural Playspaces  |  Innovative Programs  |  Creek & Forest Kindy
Canteen available various days of the week

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There are always so many exciting and enriching events and activities happening at The River School. Take a look at some of the latest news from around school and beyond...

Contact Information

The River School
251 Bridge Creek Road  (PO Box 411)  Maleny QLD 4552
Primary School: (07) 5494 3559
admin@riverschool.com.au 

Early Childhood: (07) 5499 9359
rsecc@riverschool.com.au 

 

Michael Towsey

Michael Towsey

Board Chair

Michael Towsey graduated with a BScHons in biology from Auckland University in 1970. In 1988, he obtained a Diploma of Education from University of Queensland, which was followed by two years of teaching science at Nambour High School. He completed a PhD in Computer Science from University of Queensland in 1998, and has held research positions at Queensland University of Technology since 1997.

The common thread in his research career has been to apply artificial intelligence techniques to solve biological problems. These have ranged from the sublime (analysis of bird song) to the ridiculous (analysis of milk yield in cow herds)!

Michael joined The River School Board in 2014. Most of his work for the school involves ensuring that the school meets its regulatory and reporting obligations to Government bodies. It is just a small part of the huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure that our teachers get to make their magic in the classroom.

Marcus Bussey

Marcus Bussey

Board Member

Dr Marcus Bussey is a futurist, historian and educator with a keen interest in intercultural encounters. He publishes widely and has co-authored Futures Thinking for Social Foresight with Richard Slaughter (2005) and co-edited Neohumanist Educational Futures (2006) with Sohail Inayatullah and Ivana Milojević. In addition, he has co-edited (2020) Phenomenologies of Grace: the Body, Embodiment, and Transformative Futures with Camila Mozzini-Alister and in 2019 Dynamics of Dissent: Theorizing Movements for Inclusive Futures with John Clammer, Meera Chakravorty and Tanmayee Banerjee. Marcus’ latest publication is a co-edited volume of diverse, multilingual poetry entitled: Beyond Alienation, Hatred and Terror: Compatriots with Love and Living-Kind (Authors Press 2022). His own book of poetry The Next Big Thing! appeared in 2019. He and fellow editors Meera Chakravorty and Camilla Mozzini-Alister have a new edited volume of essays out now through Routledge entitled: Transitional Selves: Possibilities for Identity in a Plurified World.

 

Further information can be found at: Marcus Bussey

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Board Member

Daniel Smith is an experienced educator who has been working as a teacher for over thirty years and as a small school Principal for twenty years. Daniel is currently the Principal at Cooran State School in the Sunshine Coast hinterland where he has been for the past five years. Daniel has a deep knowledge of yoga practice and philosophy studying under a number of systems in both India and Australia over more than twenty tears. This understanding has led him to the River school and our neo humanist philosophy.

Kimberly Camrass

Kimberly Camrass

Board Member

Kimberly Camrass is the Sustainability Manager at Griffith University and is also completing a PhD in regenerative sustainability and futures studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She holds a Master of Environment (Education for Sustainability) and has significant experience in the governance of organisations across the not-for-profit, private and government sectors. Previously a primary school teacher, Kimberly has a particular passion for inspiring learners of all ages to connect with and care for the natural world. She is also a yoga teacher and a strong believer in the many benefits of this practice for young people.
Camila Mozzini-Alister

Camila Mozzini-Alister

Board Member

Camila is a Writer, PhD Researcher and Social Media Educator based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Her background is a double PhD in Communication (UERJ-Brazil) and Arts: Production and Investigation (UPV-Spain), with a Research Master’s in Social & Institutional Psychology (UFRGS-Brazil) and a Bachelor (Honours) in Communication - Journalism (UFRGS-Brazil). She is currently working as a Sociology Lecturer and Tutor at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia. She has also worked as an Art Educator at both Iberê Camargo and the Mercosul Biennial Foundations, and a Social Educator at La Salle Foundation.

Latest school events

There are always so many exciting and enriching events and activities happening at The River School. Take a look at some of the latest news from around school and beyond...

Contact Information

The River School
251 Bridge Creek Road  (PO Box 411)  Maleny QLD 4552
Primary School: (07) 5494 3559
Early Childhood Centre: (07) 5499 9359
admin@riverschool.com.au