The School Day

The River School day begins at 8:45am and ends at 2:45pm with each day providing opportunities to discover something new and enriching.  Supervision is available on the School Oval from 8:15am to 8:30am, when students can then move up to their individual classrooms.

All visitors to The River School (including parents) must sign into the Visitor Book while on school grounds.  This is kept just outside the school office.  This is a safety requirement to ensure all of our visitors and students remain safe while on school grounds.  The only exception to this requirement is for brief drop off and pick ups.

Information on our school tuckshop and bus service can be found on this page.  Our school tuckshop operates every Tuesday and Thursday of each term and orders must be received via the FlexiSchools app or website by no later than 8:30am, each tuckshop day.

Our school bus schedule is available free of charge to enrolled students.  Please contact the office on (07) 5494 3559 or email pira@riverschool.com.au if you would like to book your child onto one of our bus runs.

Buses

The River School operate our own fleet of school buses, transporting enrolled students from Maleny and Landsborough to The River School, free of charge.  
All students must be booked onto a bus through the school office. Any changes to your child’s daily bus MUST be communicated to the office by a parent/guardian no later than 1pm.  If parent/guardian communication has not been received, the child will be placed on their normal scheduled bus. 
Students will not be allowed to exit a bus unless a parent/guardian is present, unless we receive written approval.

Tuckshop

The River School provides delicious, vegetarian, food at its tuckshop and parents are asked to provide only vegetarian food in school lunches. Why? The evidence for the benefits of a balanced vegetarian diet is now overwhelming. A particularly important study was a joint 20-year project of the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, Cornell University and the University of Oxford. 38 Researchers measured mortality rates from cancer and other chronic diseases in 100 people in each of 65 Chinese counties. They found that counties with a high consumption of animal-based foods were more likely to have higher death rates from ‘Western’ diseases than counties that ate more plant foods.

Most people, when they consider eating habits, are concerned only for their physical health. However, the Ayurveda tradition (a system of traditional Indian medicine) also promotes eating for mental health.

Ayurveda places foods into three categories, sentientmutative and static. Sentient foods are good for the body and calming for the mind. A sentient diet consists of a balance of fruit, vegetables, grains and pulses. Mutative foods may or may not be good for the body but make the mind restless (examples: coffee, tea and carbonated soft drinks).  Static foods are bad for the body and mind (examples: meats and alcoholic drinks). It is well established that foods high in sugar, colourings and preservatives, make it difficult for children to concentrate. Hence, Neohumanist schools encourage children to eat sentient foods.

Our School Community

The River School prides itself on its’ loving & supportive school community. We consider ourselves one, big family. We hold many community activities over the year which allow our students and families to interact and foster deep relationships.  We would love to see you at one of our many events.

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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