This section is designed to give you important information about transport to Kooweerup Secondary College.
When students enrol at Kooweerup SC , it does not automatically entitle them to travel on the school bus system. A separate enrolment form is required and should only be completed for students who are ELIGIBLE to travel on the school buses. Students who are not eligible should carefully study the information from point 5 onwards.
1. WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
KOOWEERUP SECONDARY COLLEGE is a ZONED SCHOOL for transport. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development provides free bus travel for students who live more than 4.8 kilometres from the school and are within the Kooweerup SC zone. In some cases students are granted an exemption to catch the school bus if they live outside the zone.
Students are ELIGIBLE to travel on the school buses if they :
- Live inside the school transport zone or
- Have been given an exemption
a) Brothers and sisters of students who are given an exemption do not automatically get an exemption as well.
b) If you have not been granted an exemption and you live out of zone, you cannot drive your child to the nearest point on the border of the zone and have them catch the bus from there.
STUDENTS WHO DO NOT LIVE WITHIN THE KOOWEERUP SCHOOL BUS ZONE, AND WHO HAVE NOT BEEN GRANTED AN EXEMPTION, HAVE TO ARRANGE THEIR OWN TRANSPORT TO GET TO AND FROM THE SCHOOL.
2. IF MY CHILD IS ELIGIBLE, HOW DO I KNOW WHICH BUS MY CHILD WILL TRAVEL ON AND WHERE HE/SHE WILL CATCH IT?
It is the responsibility of the College to allocate eligible students to a bus, allocate bus stops and oversee the behaviour of students on the buses. This information will be provided to you before your child starts at the school. The College must look after the needs of eligible ‘bus transport’ students from some primary schools as well as the secondary college. We also have to cater for new enrolments throughout the year. There may be more than one bus which travels through your town but the College will decide which bus your child is allocated to. As more students enrol throughout the year, it may be necessary at times to move students from one bus to another to accommodate all the students in our zone. Families will be kept together.
3. WHAT ARE THE RULES ABOUT SCHOOL BUS TRAVEL?
BUS TRANSPORT IS STILL A PRIVILEGE. In order to ensure that bus transport is safe and efficient there are a number of rules which have to be followed. When families enrol their child for bus transport, they agree to the following:
- Students who are repeatedly a safety hazard will not travel on the system.
- Students must: follow the bus driver’s and bus captain’s instructions the first time they are given, get on and off safely, wait for the bus to drive on at least 100 metres before crossing the road; while at the bus stop, stay off the road and wait quietly and sensibly; while traveling behave safely and remain in their allocated seat.
- Students must NOT: eat/drink on the bus, put any part of the body out of the bus, shout/scream, use bad language, throw anything inside the bus or from the bus, fight.
- Regulations state that students are only allowed to go on their allocated bus. Students attempting to travel on any other bus will be put off the bus system for a week.
- Misbehaviour: Students will be dealt with by their schools for misbehaviour at bus stops, bus parks and on the bus. A serious incident (e.g. distracting the driver) will result in a suspension from bus travel for 5 days. The first minor incident will result in a warning and the parents being contacted. Second and subsequent minor incidents in a school year will result in suspension from bus travel.
4. CAN I TRAVEL ON A DIFFERENT BUS IF I BRING A NOTE?
NO. Students are only permitted to travel on the bus to which they have been allocated. They will not be allowed to travel on any other bus – whether it is for work, sports practice, staying at a friend’s house, etc. The buses are provided to get the students to school and home again – they are not a form of public transport. Even if your student brings a note requesting travel on another bus, this will not be allowed. Any student who attempts to travel on another bus will be put off the bus system for a week.
5. WHAT HAPPENS IF I LIVE OUTSIDE THE TRANSPORT ZONE?
Families have to make their own transport arrangements.
6. IF THERE IS A SPARE SEAT ON A SCHOOL BUS CAN I PAY FOR MY CHILD TO TRAVEL ON THAT BUS?
We will not know until the start of March each year if there are any spare seats. We have to wait to complete the census at the end of February and we have a history of late enrolments from families within the zone. Given that the school is steadily growing in size, it is very unlikely that there will be spare seats. If some do become available, the cost is approximately $200 per term, payable one term in advance. The cost is based on the distance travelled. Please keep in mind that if you live outside of our transport zone, it would not be sound to enrol your child at our College believing that you will have no trouble purchasing a spare seat. This is not something you should count on.
7. TRAVELLING BY CAR:
Parking is extremely limited out the front of the school and there is no drop off zone. In the morning, we recommend that parents drop their children off a few houses down from the school and then the students walk a short distance to school. In the afternoon, school finishes at 3.15pm. If parents delay arriving until 3.30 and students wait patiently, it is much easier then to drive into the school grounds and collect your children or alternatively once all the school buses have gone by 3.25 you will find there is more room to park.
8. TRAVELLING FROM PAKENHAM ON THE PAKENHAM PUBLIC BUSES
We have been asked to pass on the following information to students and their parents by the bus company Kingston Tours and the Department of Transport.
The public bus is not a school bus service even though many students use it to come to our school. The bus company is under no obligation to provide more buses to transport students from Pakenham to Kooweerup.
The bus company has the right to refuse to transport passengers who behave in a dangerous or inappropriate manner or who speak rudely to the driver or refuse to follow their instructions about where to sit. They are allowed to impose an immediate 24 hour ban on travel – this means that if a student misbehaves on the way to school the student will not be allowed to travel home on the bus that same afternoon and will also not be allowed to travel on the bus the following day.
Parents should also be aware that the college provides supervision of students from 8.30am onwards. Some early public bus travellers are arriving much earlier than this.
9. TRAVELLING ON V LINE BUS SERVICES
There are V Line buses which come from Cranbourne and V line buses which come from the Bass Coast. You will need to check the latest timetables but this year students have found that in order to be at school on time they have had to catch buses which arrive in Kooweerup between 7.30 and 8.00am – as the later buses mean they are late for school. All students have to be at school by 8.55am.
If you are eligible for school bus travel and require further information please contact Peter Scott at the College on 59971444. The Department of Transport has information about the public bus services in the area.
THE SWAMP BUS SYSTEM POLICY
All students who travel on the school bus network have to abide by the following policy. Parents/guardians are required to sign a form indicating that they and their children understand it.
The Swamp Bus System Policy:
1. Bus rules
a) Bus travel is a privilege not a right. Students who are repeatedly a safety hazard will not travel on the system.
b) Students must: follow the bus driver’s and bus captain’s instructions the first time they are given, get on and off safely, wait for the bus to drive on at least 100 metres before crossing the road (cause of most recent fatality in the area in 1992); while at the bus stop, stay off the road and wait quietly and sensibly; while travelling behave safely and remain in their allocated seat. Students must NOT: eat/drink on the bus, put any part of their body out of the bus, shout/scream, use bad language, throw anything from the bus, fight.
c) Regulations state that students are only allowed to go on their allocated bus. Students attempting to travel on any other bus will be put off the bus system for a week.
2. Bus Captains are appointed from reliable senior students and will be trained early in term one.
3. Bus Seating Plan – each student is allocated a seat for the year.
4. Bus Drivers and/or Bus Captains are to report misbehaviour on the bus.
5. Misbehaviour: Students will be dealt with by their schools for misbehaviour at bus stops, bus parks and on the bus. A serious incident (eg: endangering others, distracting the driver) will result in suspension from bus travel for 5 days. The first minor incident reported will result in a verbal warning and the parents being contacted. Second and subsequent minor incidents in a school year will result in suspension from bus travel.
6. All parents to be contacted about the bus policy.
The Swamp Bus System Policy is developed and supported by the schools’ Principals and Councils, Department of Transport and local Bus Proprietors.
This is the agreed policy of the following schools and bus companies.
Bayles P.S., KWR P.S., KWR S.C., Lang Lang P.S.
St. John’s P.S., Tooradin P.S., Berwick Bus Lines, Westernport Bus Lines
A reminder to parents that students are not allowed to travel on any other bus than the one to which they have been allocated. It makes no difference if they have a note – they will not be allowed on. This includes notes about travelling to friends’ places or part time work.
Mr Peter Scott, Bus Coordinator