Please open the links below for information regarding the 2020 school bus routes and the expected standard of behaviour for students using the bus services.
Any questions please contact Donne at the school office at Ph: (09) 477 0167
ADDITIONAL BUS - Rte076
Starting Monday, 9 March 2020, a new 076 school bus will follow the same route as the existing 026 but will finish at Silverdale and not continue on to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.
Its route will end at the bus stop on Silverdale St outside Stella Maris school, opposite Silverdale Centre.
The new 076 will depart from the Northcross Intermediate bus bay at 3.15pm, five minutes before the 026 departs.
The 076 will provide more seats for those currently using the existing 026 bus service.
Students are encouraged to use the new 076 if they are not travelling beyond Silverdale. This will create room on the 026 for those who need to travel to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.
The new 076 will be operated by Bayes.
Route: Northcross Intermediate Bus Bay (4420), Sartors Avenue, East Coast Road, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale Street
This new route will not initially be shown in the AT online journey planner or AT Mobile app. Its route and timings will be added in May 2020.
New afternoon service, Route 24, which departs Northcross to Long Bay College but goes via Glamorgan Drive instead of Route 28, the double decker that goes to Long Bay via Browns Bay.
From Long Bay Route 28 will now be non-stop to Silverdale so if any of your students want to get off along East Coast Rd make sure they get on Route 24 instead of the double decker.
If anyone misses these they’ll also still have Route 29 that goes to Rangitoto and then to Silverdale, stopping along EC Road that leaves school 5 minutes later.
The Ritchies bus service that runs in the morning and also in the afternoon, for students who live 3.2 kilometers or more away from the school, is a free bus service. Students who live within the 3.2 kilometer zone may still use this bus service, but will need to pay the correct fare. The cost of one ticket card(10 trips) is $20 or $2,5 cash, for a single trip, one way.
-Loading – just a reminder for common sense and not pushing, wait well back from the curb as the bus approaches and load in a single file – in an orderly manner
-Exiting – ensure the students, after getting off the bus, stand back on the curb or road side and wait until the bus has left – before they think about crossing the road – this ensures they have a clear view of other vehicles coming from either direction before they cross the road, and also gives other road users a clearer view of them once the bus is out of the way.
-Whilst on the bus kids should always be seated where ever possible, not swinging on the handles etc nor climbing over the seats
-HOP cards / tickets – if parents or the students can ensure their cards are topped up (and preferably have auto top up on) as there are regularly students wanting to board with no money