Information / General Information

Buses

Bus safety is taken very seriously here at Orewa College with all students held to a in-depth Code Of Conduct which students must abide to. Students and caregivers are asked to fill this form out at the start of each year to make sure the code of behaviour is fresh in the minds of all our students.

Ritchies buses - Rural residents

Rural bus routes

Horseshoe Bush Rd route 1507 Kaukapakapa route 1509 Puhoi route 1515 Takekeroa Rd route 1516
Stillwater route 1527 Stillwater (Spur and Lennon Rd) route 11527 Haruru and Pine Valley route 1523 Dairy Flat and Waitoki route 1590

Student and caregiver responsibilities for all rural buses

To use these buses we expect all students to abide by the Code Of Conduct which all students and their caregivers must fill out at the start of each school year (or if joining the school mid-year).

Students that catch rural buses must also complete the Rural Bus Photo ID Application Form each year to order, and agree to paying the $8, for their rural bus photo ID.

NOTE: If you do not have internet access a hard paper copy for each of these forms can be collected (and returned to) from our main school reception.

Student responsibilities for all rural buses

Students are also expected to keep up to date with all bus news by;

Payment for rural school buses

There are 2 kinds of passes that students can use for Ritchies rural buses:

1. Eligible For Ministry-Funded Rural Transport

Your child will only be eligible for Ministry-Funded travel on the Ritchies buses if your address follows the eligibility criteria as seen on the Ministry of Education website:

Basically, you will not be eligible if your address is:

a. closer to another school that offers the year of education your child is enrolled in.

b. within 2.4 km of a public bus route that can get you within 2.4 km of Orewa College.

If your child is eligible they must:

Note: The photo ID bus cards are printed around the middle of Term 1 (after new student photos are taken). If you are a new student and do not have a photo ID from the previous year, or if you have lost your photo ID, then you will need to see the Bus Controller for a yellow temporary card - email bus@orewacollege.nz to arrange an appointment.

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Example of photo bus ID

2) Not Eligible for Ministry Funded Rural Transport "Pink Card Concession Ticket User"

If your child is not eligible for free ministry funded transport you will need to apply to be a fare-paying “Pink Card Concession Ticket” for your rural bus. This will only be allowed if there is enough room for your child on that bus.

If there is room for them, they must:

  • Agree to the Code Of Conduct online form with their caregiver.
  • Join the correct Google Classroom for their bus group.
  • Buy the $21 “Pink Card Concession Ticket” from the school Accounts Office regularly so that the driver always has a ticket to clip for each ride they take. (Hint - organise for your student to buy the next ticket before the current one runs out)

Example of "Pink Concession Card"

NOTE: There is no “pay later” option with "Pink Concession Cards". Students must have a "Pink Card" to ride on the bus after school or the driver will not allow them on the bus.

Where do students catch the bus after school?

Click here to view up-to-date locations of each bus in the school bus bay at the end of each school day (these do change sometimes so it is always good to double check the number on the side or front of the bus before you get on)

Urban Residents (Bayes Buses and GOBUS)

Bus Routes

This includes bus numbers: 004, 005, 006 & 007 (Bayes Buses) and 040 (GOBUS).

View the up-to-date timetables here.

Student and caregiver responsibilities for all urban buses

To use these buses we expect all students to abide by the Bus Code Of Conduct which all students and their caregivers must fill out at the start of each school year.

If you do not have internet access a printed version is available here, or can be collected from our main school reception

Student responsibilities for all urban buses:

Students are also expected to keep up to date with all bus news by:

Here is a list of each bus’ Google Classroom Codes for all Urban Buses:

To use Bayes Buses or GOBUS Buses students must have an AT HOP card and TAG ON and OFF for each trip:

These can be bought from local outlets (like dairies) and registered online for the student concession (child fare).

Students that turn 16 will need to go to the Albany Park n Ride station to prove they are eligible for a Student Discount Fare rate by showing their normal school ID card. You can work out which bus is best for your child by using the AT “Journey Planner” App or online here. Helpful hint - when using the AT Journey Planner make sure you select “School Bus Routes” under the 'Options' heading.

Where do students catch the bus after school?

Here is the link for the up-to-date locations of each Bus in the School Bus Bay at the end of each school day (these do change sometimes so it is always good to double check the number on the side or front of the bus before you get on) www.tinyurl.com/OCBusBay

Other public buses

There are also other public buses that use the AT HOP card that can assist in getting students home, because of this, we encourage all students to download the AT Journey Planner App so that they can always find alternative transport (if they miss their bus for whatever reason).

Bus Updates/Changes to Routes

Please see Daily Notices

Bus Controller for Orewa College

Mr Greydon Little. Please email bus@orewacollege.nz if you need any information or have any queries.