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. Our school is a place where students and teachers on a first name basis. We believe that we can all be teachers and learners alike. The Rainforest School welcomes active engagement from our parents and members of our local community, and strive for our students to become active and informed members of the community.
Creativity – Our school has a focus on the arts and we strive for our students to become confident and creative individuals. 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 during our ‘project time’. Our school is adorned with beautiful murals that will inspire and bring out the artist in everyone.
Community – We conduct regular excursions to our local beaches, parks and local facilities such as C4, the library and swimming pool. We invite community members such as our local National Park Ranger and local artists to provide knowledge and skills to enhance our educational program. Our students are involved in community and service-based projects, such as printing and sewing Boomerang Bags and running weaving demonstrations with coconut leaves at the annual Cassowary Festival.
Conservation – Our school yard is the perfect outdoor classroom, with resident cassowaries, wallabies, sunbirds and butterflies which spark wonder in our students’ minds. 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 and a bush tucker track created through a local Djiru project. The Rainforest School is proud to be a Reef Guardian School. We reduce our impact on the environment through our sustainable practice, with initiatives including reducing the use of plastic, hosting lids for kids, growing our own food, composting, recycling and upcycling. The Rainforest School provides vegetarian, climate friendly meals to reduce our waste and carbon footprint.