At St Carthage's, we strive to ensure that children, staff and members of our wider community are safe at all times. Additionally, it is our goal to make sure that our community is impacted as minimally as possible by school traffic. Our Traffic Management Plan has been devised to help us to keep all of our community safe. Parents are expected to follow this plan and to cooperate with the directions of staff fully.
The information below provides you with an understanding of the Traffic Management Plan that has been implemented by St Carthage's. Please share this information with anyone who will be picking up and dropping off your children from school.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off Arrangements
Before and After School
The following areas have been designated as safe areas for the children to be dropped off before school and to be picked up after school:
A 'Drive-Through' operates as outlined below.
DO NOT PARK: Parents are asked to avoid blocking bus zones or private driveways and are not to park in the Police Youth Club Car Park, the Service Station or the Staff Car Park, including the driveway access (located off Dawson Street).
Cathedral Pick-up and Drive-Through Guidelines
We would appreciate it if all parents could read and share guidelines with other people who might pick up your child and support us in this endeavour to keep your child safe.
If your child is catching a bus, they will need to have filled out paperwork for the bus company they will be travelling with. Apply for a bus pass online at transportnsw.info/school-students. You can find out more in the 'Rural and Regional School Travel' document from Transport NSW.
If your child is new to catching the bus and does not know anyone else catching the bus, please let the school know, and we can arrange a bus buddy for them. All children are walked to the bus bays each afternoon by a teacher who remains on duty until the last bus leaves the bays.
School Bus Procedures:
1. When school finishes, children are to leave their classrooms and assemble in designated Bus Bay waiting areas on the school grounds as follows:
2. Bus children will be supervised by the teacher on duty until they get on their bus. Under teacher supervision, students will walk in an orderly manner down the ramp to the crossing on Leycester St.3. The children are to wait at the white line until told to cross by the Crossing Supervisor. Children are to walk across the pedestrian crossing, keeping on the crossing marks and inside the small islands. Children are to go immediately to where they line up:
Code of Conduct for School Students on Buses:
It is every student's responsibility to behave in a manner that ensures the safety and comfort of passengers and drivers. This includes:
Disobeying these rules may lead to the withdrawal of school bus travel passes. Remember, your Bus Pass is a privilege, not a right. Respect it.
School Speed Zones
The 40km/h school speed zones operate across NSW at all school sites on gazetted school days (including school development days). Motorists should drive no faster than 40 km/h through school zones. Most school zones operate from 8 to 9.30 am and from 2.30 to 4 pm on gazetted school days. Visit Transport NSW for more information.
See the Traffic Management Plan for the 40km speed zones around the school.
A copy of the Transport NSW Keeping Our Kids Safe Around Schools document can be downloaded here.
Children who are walking home, walking to Trinity or having other arrangements line up with Bus Bays 17-20. They will walk out the gate accompanied by the teacher on duty and walk to where they are going.
The School Visitor/Disabled parking area (outside the Administration building) is for short-term parking between the hours of 9:15 am – 2:45 pm. It is not a pick-up or drop-off area for parent's use before or after school.
Refer to 'Pick up and Drop off' for appropriate parking areas for the regular collection of children.
Parents are asked to avoid blocking bus zones or private driveways and are not to park in the Police Youth Club Car Park, the Service Station or the Staff Car Park, including the driveway access in front of garbage bins (located off Dawson Street).