Getting To School


All eligible students must obtain a School Opal Card to be able to catch a bus to and from school. To be eligible for a School Opal Card, students need to live a minimum distance from their school:

Years K - 2 - there is no minimum distance.

Years 3 - 6 - 1.6km straight line distance or 2.3km walking.

Applications for 2019 open at the start of Term 4, 2018.

Once your child’s enrolment has been confirmed, complete the application here.

Print, sign and date the completed application, then submit it to school for endorsement. The school will then send the endorsed application to Transport NSW. Once approved, the School Opal Card will be sent to your home address.

To find the correct school bus for your child go to

Click on the ‘Hunter Valley Bus Logo’ at the bottom of the page. Click on ‘School Information’ on the left hand side of the page and you will reach the ‘Hunter Valley School Timetables’ list of schools. Scroll through the list until you find St John the Baptist Primary School, click on the appropriate link and a list of the routes will be shown.

Own Transport

In areas where there is no public transport, eligible residents may receive a subsidy for transporting their students to school by private vehicle.


Drop-off and pick-up bays are marked accordingly in the strip outside the hall. These parks are not intended for more than a quick kiss/drop, if you come during the day to collect a sick child or if you are in the ‘collection’ line of an afternoon. Entry to the school drive-thru is via Lee Street and exit is via Victoria Street.


Each afternoon students line up in the courtyard according to the mode of transport being used for their journey home. Each line is supervised by a teacher until the students are safely deposited on buses, with parents or across roads. Parents are requested not to remove children from lines until they have been dismissed by a teacher. Parents are also requested to respect the rule of ‘no play’ after school and quickly escort your child out of the school grounds after you have collected them.