School buses

The transport of our students is built on two components: government funded public buses and GISS-operated private buses.

Our bus system is a unique benefit for the school community and no school of our size in Sydney offers a more comprehensive network of busses and vans. 

The 2023 bus bookings are now open.

We ask that you please fill out our new bus booking form via this link. Bookings will be processed in the order received but priority given to the following students:

  • Existing bus students
  • Siblings of existing bus students
  • Younger students

As part of ongoing improvements, GISS is rolling out a new bus booking App for 2023. The new ‘RollCall App’ will bundle all bus services into one App (please see Parents will be able to book and change services as well as track our busses to make pick-up more convenient. Bookings will be open in January 2023. 

More detailed information will be sent via our GISS app. Please note that GISS has transitioned to a zone-based pricing model based on distance travelled. The bus booking page will show you the prices based on your stops. Please note that in order to improve utilisation of our bus service, round-trip tickets are now significantly cheaper than one-way trips. 

Information on the GISS-operated Buses

GISS offers eight private bus routes to support our families in managing their busy lives. Our busses cater to preschool and primary students as well as families living in areas without suitable public bus routes. All GISS students are invited to use our service but booking priority will be given to younger students who are unable to use public transport.  We encourage all families to book via our booking form as capacities are limited and this helps us better manage the service.  

Each of our routes is usually operated by the same driver. This allows them to get to know each student travelling on their bus and their parents. This service reflects the caring character of our school. Our drivers have been working with us for many years and are part of the GISS community. Please see our timetables for an overview of the suburbs we serve.  Routes and times are subject to change as we always try to work out the best routes for our bus families.

What's included in our GISS bus service 

  • Pick up and drop off at the school gates for Preschool to Senior School 
  • Fixed timetable and route with daily chartered bus services to allow families to plan their week 
  • Fully air-conditioned buses 
  • Safe and convenient service
  • One of the most comprehensive route networks in Sydney

Bus Transportation Rules

  • The GISS Student Code of Conduct applies when using school buses.
  • Students are expected to always obey reasonable directions from the bus driver.
  • Students are to remain seated and properly buckled up.
  • The bus driver has the authority to assign the seating order on the bus.
  • The driver may stop the bus if disciplinary issues arise which make the operation of the vehicle unsafe.   
  • Incidents will be reported to the school and may result in disciplinary action, including loss of bus privileges.
  • Please avoid transporting delicate or expensive items on the bus.
  • The School assumes no liability for items lost or damaged during bus transport.
  • Parents or the authorised person are advised to be at the pick-up point well before the scheduled time for pick-up and drop-off, to ensure that the bus can leave on time.
  • The Bus driver will wait at the scheduled stop for up to 2 minutes past the scheduled pick-up time.
  • Students in Kindergarten to Year 4 have to be released to a responsible person known to the child. 
  • Students in years 5 and higher are allowed to make their way home independently.

Preschool aged students

  • Preschool children will be collected from and returned to the bus by Preschool staff. They will be signed in /out (time and signature) at the Service by Preschool staff.
  • Preschool Parents must provide details of all persons authorised to pick up their child from the designated pick-up point. (Please use the relevant authorisation form)
  • Bus drivers will only release preschool students to persons listed on the authorisation form.
  • If an authorised person is not at the pick-up point at the scheduled time, the driver will contact the primary carers / emergency contact to arrange for an alternate meeting point & time at the end of the bus run.
  • In case the driver is unable to contact a registered contact, the child will be returned to the school and care arrangements made until an authorised person is able to pick them up.

Information on public buses

Public transport is operated by the bus company Forest Coach Lines. There is a bus stop right in front of our school and teachers supervise the arrival and departure of all students.

To apply for a School Opal Card please apply online at Transport NSW. Our registrar will be automatically notified to endorse your application. The School Opal Card will eventually be sent by mail to your home address.

To obtain a free Student Opal Card, students must fulfil several criteria:

  • Age: Students must be at least in Kindergarten (students in the Preschool are not eligible for a School Opal Card) and older than 4½ years old.
  • Distance between home and school: There are no limits for students from Kindergarten to Year 2. Since Terrey Hills is being surrounded by national parks only students living in Terrey Hills or the northern fringes of Belrose don’t fulfil the distance criteria and would not be eligible for a Opal Card. Other suburbs close by, such as St Ives, Ingleside, Duffy’s Forest and Belrose are already far enough to fulfil the distance criteria.
  • Visa-Status: To obtain a free School Opal Card, students must be either Australian citizens, permanent residents or have one of the following visa classes: 309, 310, 444, 445, 448, 449, 450, 580, 785, 820, 826, 995. All other visa classes (e.g. the most common 457) are not eligible for the free Student Opal Card; but students can receive a concession card from the registrar of the school and apply for a Child/Youth Opal Card, paying the normal concession fare.

Forest Coach Lines bus services are usually operated by the same driver, who will get to know the students on his/her run. The free School Opal Cards are only valid on school days and only for the direct route from home to the school and return. Students whose parents are separated can apply for two routes – one to each parent’s home. For all bus stops please keep in mind: Please Signal the Driver!