SOUTH GOA FAMILY COMMUNITY

South Goa is a beautiful place to raise children. It is a village environment and we are surrounded by incredible nature, from beaches to jungle. This area has attracted more and more families over the years, from all over the world, and a diverse and vibrant community continues to grow.  Goa offers a laid-back outdoor lifestyle, perfect for families.

We have a River House Academy Welcome Pack produced by our PTA for all new families. It is full all sorts of useful information about our local area to help you settle in, from fun things to do, to how to go about setting up an internet connection. It is all there!

WHERE TO LIVE & HOW TO FIND ACCOMMODATION

We understand how important it is for you to find the right home for your family – and you will find some beautiful villages close to our school. If possible, it’s a good idea to book into a place temporarily to start with, and then have a good look around when you arrive to see which area suits you best.

Our school parents are dotted all over the surrounding villages – Agonda, Palolem, Colomb, Patnem, Rajbag, Talpona and Galgibag. Each place has a very different scene, ranging from the quiet and peaceful – i.e. Rajbag, Talpona, Colomb and Galgibag -to the ‘more happening’ spots such as Palolem, Patnem and Agonda, which get much busier during the tourist season.

It really all depends on what you’re looking for in your new home. The quieter villages have almost deserted beaches, few amenities and more of a local village feel. The busier places have plenty of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, beach shacks, live music in the evenings, etc. and more of a community family vibe going on.

A two or three-bedroom place can cost anything between Rs 15,000 – Rs 50,000 per month, with minimal expenses for water and electricity bills on top. Properties vary from freestanding Goan houses to apartments above a local family to serviced apartments.

We can’t promise to find your home for you, however we will be happy to help you out with a few pointers once you get here – and in the meantime, we recommend signing up to the South Goa Community Forum on Facebook. Its the go-to place for spotting adverts for homes to rent or to place your own specific advert for the kind of house you’re looking for.

HOW WE KEEP IN TOUCH

We have a River House Academy Facebook page which will keep everyone  interested in our school up to date on school news.

We also have a River House Academy Parents Facebook page which is a closed group and will keep you posted with useful information, share school day to day news, and generally keep in touch.

There is a South Goa Community forum Facebook page which is a great source of information about the area and is very useful for asking any questions you may have. Of course we are also available to answer any queries, so feel free to drop us a line.

Covid-19

We are committed to reopening River House as soon as we are able to, with the necessary precautions in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff. River House Governors have decided a potential start date of November 2nd, 2020 and we are currently all working towards this.

General Terms & Conditions

RIVER HOUSE ACADEMY TERMS & CONDITIONS 2020-21

These terms & conditions form a legally binding agreement made between you and River House Academy

Deposit
You are required to pay a non-refundable one month fee as a deposit to hold your child’s place once your application has been accepted. This amount will be deducted from your final month’s payment. This payment can be made via Transferwise or into our River House Academy bank account.

Admission fee
For the first year, there will be an admission fee charged as a one time non-refundable payment of Rs.5000 per child, made at the time of enrolment.

Administration Fee
From year two onwards, there will be an annual administration fee of Rs. 2500 per child made at the time of enrolment.

Enrolment
The day your child starts school, you will be required to fill out an enrolment form and sign our terms & conditions form. Please also bring two passport photos and a copy of your child’s passport and current visa.

Fees
Fee payment date

Please pay your first month’s fees on or before the day your child starts school. You are required to pay your fees at the start of each month. You will be invoiced on the 25th of each month and payment is due by the last day of the month for the next month. In addition, you are required to pay the last month’s fee’s at enrolment. 

Fee payments
If your child starts mid-month your fees are due to be paid at enrolment, for the remaining period of that month. If your child starts mid-week, you will be charged for the full week. Children who leave mid-month will be charged for the entire month.

Late fees
Any late fees will be subject to late payment charges of Rs.100 per day.

Yearly payment
If you pay the fees for your child’s full stay in advance you will receive a 5% discount.

Sibling discount
A discount of 10 % will be given for your 2nd and 3rd child.

Personal holidays and absence
There are no fee discounts available for holidays or absences (including illness) from the school. Where possible please try to avoid taking holidays during the school term. Before booking your trip, it is essential that you check with the school to avoid missing important dates.

Notice of leaving
When you enrol your child at the academy you are required to give your attendance dates. Should your departure date be brought forward, you will be expected to pay according to your original dates given at enrolment.

Illness
Do not bring your child into school if they are ill, or are showing signs of being ill. If your child becomes ill at school, a Parent/Guardian will be contacted and asked to collect your child. Please text, email or telephone in the morning to let the Headteacher know if your child will be absent from school due to illness and what the illness is if it could potentially affect others. All medication must be brought in by a Parent/Guardian with clear instructions as to how and when it should be administered. Please do not allow your child to come to school with medication in their bag. Please check your child regularly for head lice. If we discover your child has head lice, they will be sent home from school and not allowed to return until the head lice have been treated.

Valuable items (including all electronic devices)
Valuable items, including all electronic devices, are not allowed to be brought into school. Children in the Secondary class may bring in a mobile phone but it should be kept in their bag at all times. We do not accept any responsibility for any items that are brought in.

School opening times
School lessons start at 9am. Please ensure your children arrive at school between 8.45 am-8.55am so that lessons can start promptly. If you are going to be late, please let us know. There will be no adult supervision before 8.45am. Please be aware that staff are busy at this time preparing for the day. Should you wish to speak to a member of staff please do so at 3pm or by prior appointment.

Collection from school
Children need to be collected from the school building. Please let us know If someone else will be collecting your child from school.

Unexpected school closure Occasionally the school may be forced to close due to unforeseen circumstances in the interest of health and safety. In such cases, you will be informed by text as early as possible.

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