School Bus Service

Silkwood School offers a daily bus service for students travelling to and from our Mount Nathan Campus. We operate a fleet of modern, air-conditioned buses equipped with three-point seat belts.

This service runs four bus routes covering the Northern, North-Western, Southern and Central Gold Coast suburbs, linking with the Helensvale and Nerang Train Stations and the Light Rail Network at Broadbeach.

To keep passengers and drivers safe, all students, parents, drivers and the School as the Operator are required to comply with the Queensland Government Code of Conduct for School Students Travelling on Buses.

We respectfully ask parents and caregivers to read these terms in detail and ensure their child is aware of their responsibility as a passenger.

Download the Passenger App

Our bus service partners with the TransportMe software system to ensure families have easy access to payments and service updates in real-time. 

TransportMe’s Passenger App requires parents to create a Passenger Account to use the App. Parents can register an account by signing in with Google, Apple, or an email address and self-created password. For more information regarding the App and how to use it, please go to the TransportMe Passenger App User Guide.

USING THE BUS SERVICE - CHANGES IN 2022

As an extension of the existing TransportMe App Service, we are excited to introduce dedicated Bus Cards (Smartcards) that link to your Passenger Account. Smartcards will be used to tag on and off the bus, and funds will be deducted from your account with each ride. Smartcards are required for all School Bus travel in 2022. 

  • Bookings are not required, students need a Smartcard that’s linked to your TransportMe Passenger Account. Cards will be issued and managed by the school office team and are different from school ID cards.
  • Pre-payment and term fee payments are not required, families pay per trip via the TransportMe Passenger App.
  • Boarding without a card will result in a $4.50 penalty fee per ride.
  • Your first card is issued free, a replacement fee of $2.50 applies if it is lost.
  • If a Smartcard goes into a negative balance, it is capped at a value of $9.00 or two rides before a student is unable to use the service.

To use the bus service, please complete a Bus Card Request Form for your child to be issued a Smartcard. Smartcards are topped-up and funds credited to them via your Passenger Account, please refer to the TransportMe Passenger App User Guide for instructions on how to top up your account.

Pricing

Our bus service is available to families with a charge of: 

With Smartcard Without Smartcard
Morning
$4.50
$9.00
Afternoon
$4.50
$9.00

Bus Routes & Timetables

Details of our bus timetables are shown below. Each service operates a morning and afternoon schedule*. To meet the needs of our growing school community, our bus routes are subject to change; all changes will be communicated in advance.

In the morning, students are required to be at the bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 

In the afternoons, please allow 10 minutes on either side of the anticipated arrival time (for unexpected traffic).

*Schedule is subject to road conditions and at times may be affected by unexpected traffic delays.

Routes for 2022 will remain the same as in 2021 – times may vary. We will monitor closely any impact the construction of the Light Rail may have on our Southern Route and keep families up to date with changes that need to be made.

Silkwood School also has an active carpooling community, feel free to join the initiative and connect with other Silkwood families via the dedicated Facebook group

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