Rivergum Christian College offers significant advantages as a place of exceptional learning. We seek to be a school that does all things well. Families in our college community come from a variety of backgrounds, including Christian and non-Christian. We endeavour to make all students feel safe, supported and able to grow.
We understand that parents want a school that provides a well-structured environment with great facilities and a commitment to academic learning. We also know that parents expect children to learn good values, develop strength of character, and have a healthy, balanced set of morals and standards. Learn more about our approach.
Rivergum currently delivers from Foundation through to Year 8 (expanding year-on-year to include Year 12 in 2021). This means students can enrol once and continue their entire educational journey with us.
Part of the Christian Education Network (CEN) and with support from the Association of Independent Schools South Australia (AISSA), Rivergum Christian College places strong emphasis on core literacy and numeracy while also offering a range of complementary subjects and activities. Our curriculum is integrated, meaning students study subjects simultaneously, such as English and Humanities (where a creative writing project might centre around an historical event, for example). We also incorporate ‘Christian Life’, a subject exploring our faith in Christ.
Students attend from across the Riverland, including Berri, Barmera, Monash, Renmark and Paringa. The school has its own air-conditioned, seat-belt equipped buses that provide a pick-up and drop off service to many areas.
What Rivergum Christian College Offers
• Enquiry-based learning, where students engage with problems and scenarios (often collaboratively), draw on existing knowledge and identify their learning needs, allowing a variety of responses or solutions. This stimulates children to pursue interesting lines of enquiry and concentrates their development efforts in new areas. It is designed to produce investigative, intelligent analysis of the world around us.
• Phonics-based literacy program, teaching students to read and write by developing their ability to hear, identify and manipulate phonic sounds to form words and correspond.
• Small class sizes, catering for individualised learning plans.
• Flexible and convenient buses servicing many Riverland towns.
• Weekly chapel service (Friday afternoons) encouraging family attendance.
• Daily timetabled pastoral care times integrated with support from our chaplain (Christian Pastoral Support Worker) and in conjunction with our student wellness coordinator.
• Participation in community events and outings to learn about the world around us.
• Library facilities and literacy-focused events such as Premiers Reading Challenge and Book Week.
• Each year we arrange a wide variety of invited performers, excursions, aquatic activities and camps/sleepovers – all included in our fees.
• We focus on computer and digital technology, with iPads available in class along with electronic interactive whiteboards and a well-equipped IT classroom.
• Regular participation in SAPSASA and SACSA (Christian School) sport events locally and in Adelaide, as well as our own annual school sports carnival.
• Participation in regional Primary Schools Music Festival culminating in a public performance.
• A musical production involving the entire college performed at the Chaffey Theatre in Renmark every year.
• Weekly piano, drum, guitar, bass and vocal lessons provided by professional instructors during class time (30 minute lesson per student, additional cost).
• In-school banking program (Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver) to encourage financial responsibility.