Our Board

Board Structure 2019

Board Contact: chair@riverschool.com.au

Governance Structure

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Board & Advisory Committee Members

Michael Towsey

Michael Towsey

Chairman

Michael Towsey is Chair of the Board of The River School. He 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

Marcus Bussey is Deputy Head, School of Social Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Before entering academia in 2004 he spent 20 years as a teacher in a wide range of classrooms. He has been involved with the Neohumanist Education movement since 1987 and has taught, workshopped and written widely on this subject. He has been a proud supporter of the River School since its opening in 1995. He is a co-editor of Neohumanist Educational Futures (2006). His profile can be found at: https://www.usc.edu.au/staff-repository/dr-marcus-bussey

Sue Attrill

Sue Attrill

Board Member

Sue has worked in Education for 35 years as a Teacher, Leader, Advisor and Consultant.

She is passionate about working with schools and teachers and has worked extensively assisting schools to build robust relationships systems. Sue facilitates training for educators in the areas of Positive Relationship building, Restorative Practices and Circle Work.

As the Director of Relationships @ School Pty Ltd, Sue continues to assist schools to develop safe and supporting learning environments.

Didi Ananda Tapomaya

Didi Ananda Tapomaya

Advisory Committee Member

Didi was born in Northern Finland which saw her connect with nature and the natural elements which has gone on to be a very important aspect to Didi.

Through her youth she became fascinated by different cultures and languages and dreamt of travelling the world and set her mind on a special quest to find out more about how to connect inner peace and joy, and how to teach those techniques to others. 

Didi is the A’carya’ of The River School, which means one who not only teaches techniques and knowledge, but also who teaches through one’s own behavior.

Steve Skull

Steve Skull

Advisory Committee Member

Steve is currently the Regional Manager for Queensland with Alluvium Consulting, managing people and projects across 4 geographic locations.  He draws on a 25 year career in environmental management, and has postgraduate qualifications in natural resource management complimented by formal business management qualifications.  He has had children at the River School for the last 14 years and is a past President of the River School’s P&F Association.

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

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