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.
It is currently mandatory for everyone over 12 to wear a mask or face covering on public transport services.
Please could you remind students and families in your school community that this rule applies on the way to and from school also. There are a lot of things to remember at the beginning of a school year!
It is also recommended that students scan the QR code available on the bus, train or ferry, if they have access to a mobile phone.
On school bus services, where a bus only takes school students, it is not a requirement to wear a mask.
We have available the attached poster if any school would like to print out an put up as a reminder for students who catch a public bus service. If you would like printed copies sent to your school please let us know via reply email.
Click here for information regarding the following bus routes:
For more information on routes or timetables please contact Ritchies Coachlines on 09 420 6091 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Students are also expected to keep up to date with all bus news by;
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.
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 email@example.com to arrange an appointment.
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:
Example of "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.
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)
This includes bus numbers: 004, 005, 006 & 007 (Bayes Buses) and 040 and 050 (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:
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.
Secondary school students, aged 16 to 19, can now jump online and activate their student discount using their National Student Number (NSN). And with a student discount organised, they’ll be able to travel and get 40% or more off full price bus, ferry and train fares.
Here is the link for where to find out more about this process, and to update your concession
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
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).
Please see Daily Notices
Mr Greydon Little. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any information or have any queries.