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St Francis Xavier College Private Bus Service

 

The College has a complex and extensive Private Bus fleet that assists parents in transporting children to and from school. These services are contracted buses as well as College owned buses.

The College, together with our service provider Ventura Transit Pty Ltd is committed to offering:

  • Safety: every student has access to a seat, with seatbelt; friendly highly trained drivers
  • Comfort: vehicles equipped with heating and cooling for personal comfort
  • Efficient Service: Interactive private school bus route maps and times; Bus Minder App to track our private bus service vehicles in real time, student tracking by tap on & tap off RFID cards, parent alerts & service alerts

Applications for the private bus services are completed annually.

Buses may not run outside of the College boundaries due to growth within the major catchment areas. College Boundaries

The annual subsidised cost (including GST) per student is $920, equal to $5.05 per day.

All costs are an annual fee and will be charged per student for transport to and from school, including shuttle only services. There is no ‘ONE WAY’ charge. Bus fees will be invoiced to your Education Fee Account.

St Francis Xavier College also offers a shuttle service from campus to campus.

Details of the 2022 Private School Bus Service and Shuttle Service can be viewed in the 2022-Bus-Information-Bookletand online at: AM Bus Routes | PM Bus Routes

All bus routes/stops are also available via the Ventura Tracker App (download from the Apple Store or Google Play) Please see the Bus-Track-Brochure for information and instructions on how to download the App.

The bus information booklet also contains detailed information in regards to:

  • conditions of use
  • annual cost
  • private school bus/shuttle maps, stops and timetables
  • process for cancelling the service.

 

Register for 2023

 

Online applications for the 2023 private school bus service will open in October 2022.

Future and current Parents will be notified via email when applications open.

Late applications will not be accepted until January 2023 when the online applications re-open. Late applications may not be fulfilled; however, we will do our best to complete your registration needs.

 

Before Applications Open

  • We ask that you carefully study the current bus routes available in the 2022-Bus-Information-Booklet and online at: AM Bus Routes | PM Bus Routes
  • We understand that there may not be an exact bus route that suits your needs, however, when registrations open, please register for the service and select the bus best suited to you.
  • The data we receive will be used to plan and finalise all 2023 bus routes.
  • The College bus service is to be used for travel to and from the place of residence, therefore all stops/routes are planned based on the information provided in the online application only. If you require further information, please email busenquiries@sfx.vic.edu.au
  • Once registrations close, the data will be analised together with our service provider Ventura Transit Pty Ltd and all bus routes will be finalised. The College will endeavour to accommodate your needs whilst ensuring as many students as possible are allocated a seat.

 

Register for 2022 (this year)

 

The 2022 private school bus and shuttle registration closed at 10.00am on 26 October 2021.

Please note: Late applications may not be fulfilled, and you may be placed on a waiting list; however, we will do our best to complete your registration needs.

If you are wanting to submit an application for 2022 (this year), please:

  • Read the 2022-Bus-Information-Booklet to determine which bus you need to register for.
    You can also view all private school bus routes via the Ventura Tracker App (download from the Apple Store or Google Play) Please see the bus track brochure for information and instructions on how to download the App.
  • Complete one registration per child
  • All applications are for the AM and PM service
  • Ensure all details submitted are correct


Complete:

  1. 2022 Private School Bus Application
    Note: If you are wanting transport from campus to campus only please select “shuttle only required” under required bus.
  2. 2022 School Bus Travel Contract Form
  3. Private Bus Travel Conveyance Allowance (Officer and Beaconsfield campus only) email to busenquiries@sfx.vic.edu.au

For assistance completing the Private Bus Conveyance Allowance form, please visit Admissions – Transport – Travel Conveyance Allowance

Applications are finalised, upon receipt of this paperwork.

 

Private Bus Service Fees

The College is committed to subsidising the cost of the private bus service.

For 2022 the annual subsidised cost (including GST) per student is $920, equal to $5.05 per day.

All costs are an annual fee and will be charged per student, including shuttle only services. Bus fees will be invoiced to your Education Fee Account.

 

Private Bus Conveyance Allowance Forms

All families are asked to complete the Private Bus Conveyance Allowance Forms.

The College uses Conveyance Allowance funds received from the Department of Education to reduce the cost of the Private Bus Service for families. The funds received are retained by the College to subsidise the annual cost of the Private Bus Service.

 

Private Bus Boundaries in 2022

Please note: Buses may not run outside of the College boundaries in 2022 due to growth within the major catchment areas. Please see the below map:

 

Private Bus Service Terms and Conditions

  • ALL Students and Parents/Guardians must read and sign the Bus Travel Contract
  • ALL Students travelling on a bus must be at the marked designated PTV stop or Pick Up destination at least 10 minutes prior to departure to assist in the timely running of the network
  • Students must carry their student card at all times as they will be required to tap on and tap off their bus. They must also produce the pass upon request
  • If a student does not have a bus pass they can request a temporary pass prior to 2.00pm, during recess or lunch time from Student Services
  • In the afternoon, if student is unable to produce either a temporary pass or regular bus pass as they are boarding the bus – they will not be allowed to board the bus. Students will then be instructed to go to Reception/Student Services to call parents/guardians to arrange an alternative way home
  • Students must at all times behave in a responsible and respectful manner
  • Students must not distract the bus driver
  • The College retains the Travel Conveyance Allowance
  • The College has the right to alter routes/times as the need arises
  • The College bus service is to be used for travel to and from the place of residence, and not for personal convenience i.e. After school activities
  • St Francis Xavier College Bus Registration Forms must be renewed each year
  • Travel Conveyance Application Forms are available on the College Website and are to be submitted (if eligible) along with the Bus Travel Contract
  • Seatbelts are fitted on all school buses; all students must wear their seatbelt

 

IMPORTANT: Students will be suspended from using the school bus service if it is deemed they are breaching the Conditions of Use – as stated in the Bus Travel Contract

 

All Students travelling on a bus must be at the marked designated PTV stop or Pick Up destination at least 10 minutes prior to departure to assist in the timely running of the network.

The College requires the right to alter or amend services provided based on changing needs and demand.

 

Student Cards

Student cards will be issued to all students and used as your child’s student bus pass to tap on/off the school bus. Students must carry their student card at all times. They must also produce the pass upon request.

Your child’s allocated bus/shuttle WILL NOT be displayed on this card.

 

Ways to ensure your Child remembers their allocated bus/shuttle number:

  • Download the Ventura Tracker App on your mobile phone and save your allocated bus/shuttle as a favourite. Please see the bus track brochure for information and instructions on how to download the App.
  • Place a sticker on the student card with the bus/shuttle number
  • Save your child’s bus/shuttle number in a safe place they can access

 

Replacement Cards

If a student has misplaced or forgotten their student card, they can request a temporary pass prior to 2.00pm, during recess or lunch time from Student Services.

In the afternoon, if student is unable to produce either a temporary pass or regular pass as they are boarding the bus, they will not be allowed to board the bus. Students will then be instructed to go to Reception/Student Services to call parents/guardians to arrange an alternative way home.

If a replacement student card is required, a signed note from the parent/guardian and $5.00 needs to be submitted to Student Services or ordered online via CDF pay. A new student card will then be issued to the student.

 

Ventura GPS Tracking

Whilst every effort is made to ensure students arrive to school at the advertised times, drivers do encounter challenges, e.g. traffic congestion, roadworks, weather, break downs, etc. Ventura has launched an interactive private school maps and times App to track our private bus service.

Ventura Tracker uses GPS technology to track each school bus. Schools, parents and students can access this information via the APP or Ventura Website to view where the bus is, the route the bus will take, the designated bus stops, and the times for each stop (Scheduled, Actual, and Departed). The College can also track each student’s use of the bus through a touch on/touch off system.

Please see the bus track brochure for information and instructions on how to download the App.

 

SIMON Everywhere App – PAM App

Notifications will be made to the SIMON Everywhere App, including notifications about late running buses, disruptions to the GPS tracking and bus breakdowns/delays. All notifications to the AM and PM service will be sent via the SIMON Everywhere App.

The SIMON Everywhere App can run on Android and iOS devices.  It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Full details regarding the installation process can be found in PAM under Knowledge Bank / Parent Information / SIMON Everywhere App.

 

Further Information

If you have any queries or need help, please contact our Transport Coordinator

busenquiries@sfx.vic.edu.au

Kirsty Burkwood

Transport Coordinator

03 9707 3111

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