School Vision

The River School is a world leader in Neohumanist Education contributing to a future of compassion, joy, justice and universalism.

School Mission Statement

Our Mission is to:
Nurture each child’s highest physical, mental, emotional social and spiritual potential.
Encourage a deep Neohumanist understanding of the interconnectedness of all things, embracing humanity, animals, plants and the entire universe.
Model love and cooperation throughout the school so that children develop a compassionate heart with a clear moral compass and the skills and confidence to put their love into action
Create a supportive learning community encouraging diversity, unity and service to all.

School Attire – Barefoot Benefits

Benefits of Free Dress and Bare Feet

While many schools have made the wearing of shoes and uniforms mandatory,The River School has always given students the choice as to what attire they wear and whether or not they wear shoes.

Uniforms can stifle the diversity and creativity that is essential in nurturing young minds. Giving children a dress choice encourages individuality and self-expression, and importantly, allows children the freedom to wear what feels comfortable at school to engage in various school activities, including play.

At The River School we discourage the wearing of labels on clothing that promote companies whose profits are harmful to the environment and humanity, i.e. those endorsing pseudo culture.

Choosing appropriate attire for different settings teaches adaptability and decision-making skills. Uniform policies do not expose students to the decision-making process involved in dressing for different occasions and environments or developing their own personal style.

Instead of creating a culture of judgement, it does the opposite; enhancing self-confidence, strengthening positive self-image and celebrating a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Similarly, there is extensive research that proves going barefoot has enormous benefits to the overall development and well-being of children.

Physically, going barefoot helps improve proprioception, balance, and coordination, enhancing the child’s spatial awareness and motor skills.

It also creates the conditions for a range of sensory experiences and an appreciation and connection with nature. Children need to feel part of nature to want to look after it.

 

9 health and developmental benefits that walking barefoot brings

  1. Improved Foot Strength and Arch Development: Walking barefoot allows the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the feet to strengthen and develop naturally, fostering a healthy arch and proper alignment.
  2. Enhanced Balance and Coordination: Being barefoot encourages better proprioception and spatial awareness, helping children develop improved balance and coordination skills.
  3. Sensory Stimulation: The soles of the feet are rich in nerve endings, and going barefoot exposes children to various textures, temperatures, and surfaces. This sensory input contributes to overall sensory development.
  4. Natural Gait and Movement: Walking without shoes promotes a more natural gait and movement pattern, allowing children to develop a more efficient and biomechanically sound way of walking and running.
  5. Prevention of Foot Deformities: Going barefoot may help prevent certain foot deformities, such as flat feet, by allowing the arches to develop properly and the foot muscles to strengthen.
  1. Promotes Healthy Joint Alignment: Barefoot walking can contribute to proper joint alignment, potentially reducing the risk of joint and posture issues later in life.
  2. Boosts Circulation: The unrestricted movement of the feet without shoes can contribute to enhanced blood circulation, benefiting overall cardiovascular health.
  3. Development of Confidence: Mastering the skill of walking and playing barefoot can boost a child’s confidence as they become more attuned to their body and its capabilities.
  4. Improves Mood: Being in direct contact with the earth improves electrical activity in the brain and releases endorphins which can improve mood and counteract mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. When walking barefoot, our body absorbs free ions from the earth’s surface, which act as antioxidants.

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251 Bridge Creek Road  (PO Box 411)  Maleny QLD 4552
Primary School: (07) 5494 3559
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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