For your safety when delivering and collecting children by car, the use of the church car park is requested. Please do not use church back driveway. All drop off and pick up points have been arranged so that no parent has to call a child across the road.
The occasions the church car park is being used for a funeral etc. you will be informed or alternative pick-up points.
The Ministry of Transport recommend that children under the age of ten years not ride their bicycles on the road. St Gerard's SUPPORTS this recommendation.
Bike stands for the use of all cyclists are situated along Station Street
Children are asked to leave their bikes at the bike stands
It is expected that all bikes being ridden are roadworthy and that the children are familiar with and abide by the road rules
Children are not to borrow bikes for any reason
Helmets and viz jackets are compulsory
Walking to School
Viz jackets are issued to any student who walks, rides or catches a bus on request
Please ask your child's teacher for a jacket and please have your child wear these daily
Travelling in Cars
Those children under 7-years or less than 148cm will need to supply a car seat for any school trips that use a parent or teachers car for transport. Where possible, school buses will be used
School buses drop off on station street in front of the school and pick up on Tarbet Street or beside the church. A teacher is rostered on duty at the bus pick up sites each afternoon. Students are requested to mark themselves off the bus when they are not catching it. The roster is in the school office in front of the school computer. Parents can ring school in the morning and inform the school secretary so a child's name can be crossed off the list when applicable.
The following buses presently service our school:
Please contact GoBus for any information related to your child catching the bus, to or from school. Alternative, bus routes can be made available through GoBus if your child is attending our school. There is no cost for your child to use the school bus if you live outside the town boundary and choose for them to attend our Catholic school. Contact GoBus can clarify eligibility. GoBus03 448 6868 Expectations All students are expected to sit during the trip home to and from school and treat other passengers and the driver with respect. To ride the bus is a privilege not a right and students can be prevented from travelling on the bus if their behaviour endangers themselves or others. GoBus will NOT allow scooters, roller blades or rip sticks to travel on the bus.