At Rivergum Christian College we have a very strong commitment to keep fees affordable and inclusive, which means everything is covered – textbooks, stationery and exercise books, excursions and incursions, learning materials, aquatic/swimming lessons and camps (including meals whilst away). There is no extra cost for participation in sporting carnivals (including SAPSASA or SACSA representation in Adelaide), transport to/from school events, sports and IT equipment or subscriptions of any kind.

Consequently all other costs are minimal and optional, usually only for canteen orders, fundraising activities or spending money for students on overnight trips/camps if applicable.

Please use the headings below to explore details about our fees and options.

Tuition Fee

We rely on this income to offset basic running costs of the school, a large part of which includes salaries, but also contributes towards student-related events such as camps, excursions, incursions (visiting speakers or performers), sports carnivals, IT and media.

Composite fee
This covers annual per student costs such as stationery, pencil case, document satchel, textbooks, classroom supplies, printing etc.

Facilities fee
This per family fee helps support maintenance and upkeep of school property such as carpets, play equipment, repairs, cleaning and furniture, as well as capital works programs.

Invoices are raised at the beginning of the year, with each family to sign a ‘Fee Commitment Form’ to arrange their contribution method and payment schedule. Statements are then issued periodically throughout the terms until the outstanding is paid in full by 4th December each year.

Payments can be made over 48 weeks on a fortnightly or monthly basis with all accounts to be finalised by the 4th December each year.

You may set up a direct credit, make a Centrepay deduction, or pay with credit card or EFTPOS, cheque or cash at admin.

Our Centrepay number is 555 060 202J.

Our bank account details for direct credit are:
BSB: 105 052
Account Number: 213 745 040
Reference: Student’s surname fees (e.g. ‘Jones fees’)

A 5% discount is offered for full-fee paying accounts that are settled up front by the end of February.

We also offer a means-tested low income discount of 30% (off tuition fees only) for applicants who meet the criteria (previously available under the School Card system). These discounts will require disclosure of personal information to check eligibility and will be implemented at managerial discretion. Please request forms via the Business Manager or office.

You may also apply for a full or part scholarship or subsidy, which is also means-tested and offered at managerial discretion.

We also realise that from time to time family circumstances can change, so families are encouraged to keep an open line of communication.

Families choosing to use our bus service do so at an additional charge, currently no more than $155 per child per term.

Bus
Passengers
Annual fee per child
Berri, Barmera or Monash district
1st child
$580
Berri, Barmera or Monash district
2nd and subsequent children
$500
Renmark or Paringa district
1st child
$620
Renmark or Paringa district
2nd and subsequent children
$540

We understand that the payment of fees can be a stretch at times. We provide options geared to support families on lower incomes, or who face financial challenges.

If you are interested in sending your child to Rivergum Christian College but are concerned about the financial impact on your family, please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances with the Principal or Business Manager.

Our school is supported through taxpayer funds distributed from State and Commonwealth Government funding, however to sustain our full program this must be supplemented through parental fee contribution.

Whereas government (state) schools are funded mainly from State Government funds, independent schools such as Rivergum are primarily funded by the Commonwealth Government. Our funding is significantly less per student and, while government schools have grants allocated to them for different projects such as buildings and program delivery, independent schools must take out loans for such endeavours. We try and strike that delicate balance between affordability and excellent facilities and service delivery.

When comparisons are made between school systems, care should be taken to understand why there appear to be differences. Funding is frequently misrepresented by only looking at either Commonwealth or State sources, instead of showing combined funding.

2017 Fee Schedule
Full year tuition
Foundation, Years 1 & 2
Years 3-6
Years 7-8
1st child
$1,200
$1,375
$1,800
2nd child
$1,050
$1,175
$1,650
3rd child
$900
$975
$1,500
4th+ child
$800
$875
$1,350

Annual composite fee per child     $180
Annual facilities fee per family      $380


Example of annual fee calculation for a family with 2 students, one in year 7, one in year 4:
Tuition fee – year 7 child:          $1,800
Tuition fee – year 4 child:          $1,175
Composite fee 1st child:            $   180
Composite fee 2nd child:          $   180
Facilities fee for family:              $   380
Total fees:                                          $3,715

If eligible for our low income discount, deduct 30% from the tuition fees only.

In the example above that would be:

Tuition fees  $2,975 ($1,800 + $1,175) minus 30% ($892.50) = $2,082.50
Composite fees $180 + $180 = $360
Facilities fee = $380

Their total would be $2,822.50 for the year.

If payments were made throughout the year from late January to early December, the calculation would be:

$2,082.50 ÷ 48 weeks = $58.81 per week
$2,082.50 ÷ 24 fortnights = $117.61 per fortnight
$2,082.50 ÷ 12 months = $235.21 per month

Please note that bus fees are in addition to these costs but payments can be combined and scheduled in the same manner as demonstrated.