From next year we will be running a bus service from Waikerie, incorporating intermediate highway stops if needed (for eg. Cobdogla, Kingston-on-Murray). The decision has followed significant interest from families desiring increased options for their children’s education.
“This is a very exciting time for our college, and also independent education in the Riverland,” Principal Gregg Smith said.
“For a long time now, we have been receiving enquiries from Waikerie and decided it was time to dedicate a bus to help families access our school.”
As the sole independent secondary school in the region, Rivergum currently offers up to year 9 education and will add year 10 in 2019. At a time of continued expansion, the Waikerie interest has been an encouraging development and the bus service a deciding factor.
“While enrolment enquiries are strong, the logistics have prohibited student attendance. Adding the new route is our solution to that challenge,” Mr Smith said.
An information night will be held at the Waikerie Lutheran Primary School on Thursday, July 5, at 7pm, to enable local families to find out more information. Mr Smith, along with some staff and students, will discuss Rivergum’s educational philosophy, the secondary class setup, subject choices, transport and more.
“We are excited about the secondary subjects that we are able to offer, including SACE, particularly as we plan our extension into years 11 and 12 over the coming years,” Mr Smith said. “I am blessed to work at a school where all the staff are passionate about the strengths and needs of each student and the unique dynamics of their families. For me, education is not just about academics; it’s about the whole child and that includes their family.”
We anticipate the service having one central stop in Waikerie, for example near the Waikerie Lutheran Primary School, at approximately 7:45am. Fees for the service are yet to be determined, but for families with multiple students travelling discounts will be provided.