Our pillars are the four cornerstone values of our school.
Connection – Through mindfulness and connecting with self, our students discover the realization that they have control over their thoughts. Relationship building and a growth mindset is taught and nurtured. Each morning we select an affirmation or virtue to set as our intent for the day. Our school is a place where students, teachers and parents are equally valued and respected. We believe that we can all be teachers and learners alike. The Rainforest School welcomes and encourages active participation and involvement from our parents and members of our local community.
Creativity – Our school has a focus on the arts and we strive for our students to become confident and creative individuals. We offer integrated units of learning with a focus on storytelling, visual arts, music and technology. We provide our students with opportunities to work collaboratively on communal art projects and to observe artists creating their work. Parents and local community members are welcome to run art activities at our Monday afternoon workshops. Our school is adorned with beautiful murals that will inspire and bring out the artist in everyone.
Community – We conduct regular excursions to local facilities such as C4, the library, swimming pool and parks. We invite community members such as our local National Park Ranger and local artists to provide knowledge and skills to enhance our educational program. We were pleased to offer a Flying Arts Project with local artist Nina Dawson from Birdtribe Wearable Art. Learning the art of dyeing and print making with natural dyes gathered from our school yard is a unique and special experience. Our students are involved in community projects, such as printing and sewing Boomerang bags and running weaving demonstrations with coconut leaves at the annual Cassowary Festival.
Conservation – We are surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, situated in the hinterlands of Mission Beach. Our school yard is the perfect outdoor classroom. Resident cassowaries, wallabies, curlews, sunbirds and butterflies spark wonder in our students. It is through our connection with nature, that we develop a deep desire to love and protect this special place. Our nature walk around the property of Dundee Park includes highlights such as the largest butterfly aviary in the Southern hemisphere, a rainforest mini golf course and a bush tucker track created through a local Djiru project. The owners of the property of Dundee Park have a permit to breed a variety of tropical butterflies and moths. The Rainforest School is proud to be a Reef Guardian School. We will continue to improve on how we reduce our impact on the environment through our sustainable practice, such as to reducing plastic and other waste, hosting lids for kids collection, growing our own food, composting, recycling and upcycling. It is our aim that our students today will become our future responsible global citizens.