Our school is located at Dundee Park, a beautiful location in the hinterlands of Mission Beach. Our school house is a homely Queenslander with a wrap-around veranda and is surrounded by lush rainforest.

Our motto is ‘Grow Slow, Grow Strong’. We believe that children need time for  unstructured play outdoors in the natural environment. Our school follows the Australian National Curriculum and we deliver a balanced educational program with explicit lessons as well as time for hands-on and real-life activities modelled by teachers, parents and members of the local community.

We are inspired by Montessori, Steiner, Forest Learning and Nature Play philosophies, and governed by Cassowary Coast Community Campus INC.


Are you a Montessori School?

No. We are inspired by Montessori teaching and learning philosophies and we will strive for our students to become independent learners. We are subscribed to Montessori Australia and we’ve had Montessori teachers contribute towards our educational program. How we teach will be influenced by Montessori methods; however, what we teach will be drawn from the Australian Curriculum.

Are you a Steiner School?

No. Although we are inspired by Steiner philosophies, in teaching the whole child and the stages of a child’s development, we are not a Steiner school. We aspire to the Steiner physical school environment and aesthetic beauty.  We are also inspired by their focus on outdoor learning, their use of natural materials and creative play, and their mindfulness of seasonal changes.

What kind of school are you then?

This is what we will strive to be:
A home-away-from-home school where teachers and children are on a first name basis. Where vegetarian, wholesome meals are prepared and shared together from the common table. Where children’s relationships and activities are authentic and meaningful.

Where children have time to play, create and collaborate. Where children are free to wear clothing of their choice. Where children play and learn with children older and younger than themselves. Where we place importance on teaching a holistic education including nature walks, yoga and meditation.

Where children learn to be a part of the community by having planned outings and welcoming community members into the school. Where children learn to love and protect our environment through our nature play and where sustainability is taught by example.

Do you have a question?

Please contact us.


In 2019 The Rainforest School has opened its doors for a small group of students (Prep-Y3) and will continue to grow naturally each year. School fees (in 2019) are set to $500/term with a 25% reduction for siblings.

If you would like to enrol your child at our school please contact us.


To contact The Rainforest School please call 0437 553 852 or use the form below.