School Operation

The operating hours for each of the campuses is outlined below.

Middle School/Senior School Campus

Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Junior School Campus

Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:15am to 4:00pm during school term.

Visitors to the school

All visitors to the school must sign in first and receive a visitors badge from the Office reception area before they can enter the school grounds.  Visitors must sign out before they leave.


Parents need contact the school by 9:00am if possible, to give notice of a student’s absence.

Junior School

Middle/Senior School

Early Notification SMS System

A text message will be sent to the nominated caregiver (usually Mum) in the event of a student being marked absent.
The response should give a valid reason for the absence in accordance with the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements. e.g. sick, family reasons, holiday.

Only one text per day per student should be responded to e.g. Bill and Ted are both sick today.

Hand written/typed notes

The school still accepts hand written or typed notes as notification of absence. All handwritten notes should have the:

  • Student’s name and class/year
  • Date/s they will be absent
  • Reason for the absence
  • Parent/Guardian’s signature

Future Extended Absence

If a student is to be absent for more than 10 consecutive days in the future, a letter of exception is to be applied for. Please email with the following information:

  • Student’s name and class/year
  • Date/s they will be absent
  • Reason for the absence
  • Parent/Guardian’s signature

Unexplained Absence

If an absence has not been explained by either phone call, reply text, email or note after 7 days. The status of the absence will be changed to “unexplained”.

If a student has been absent for 3 days and the school has received no notification of the student’s absence, the school will then contact the Parent/Guardian to enquire as to the reason for the absence.

Parking and Drop-Off

Junior School

Due to Curacoa Street having very limited parking, we have a drop off and pick up procedure that involves the bus zone directly out the front of the school.

Morning Drop-Off

Cars can park in the bus zone for no longer than 3 minutes whilst children are dropped off. Cars must then leave.

Afternoon Pickup

The following are the guidelines if you would like to pick your child up from curbside in the afternoon.

  • A note is required to the office outlining this is your preference
  • A yellow sign will be issued with your surname. This is to be placed on the dashboard when pulling up
  • Students using the curbside pick up will be waiting on the inside of the main gate
  • Staff with walkie talkies on the curb side will then radio through the surname of the student required as the car approaches
  • The student will then be released by the Staff member supervising them

If your child is not at the gate when you arrive, you are required to circle around the block and rejoin the line. This system works extremely well when cars keep moving, remembering they are only permitted to ‘stop’ for 3 minutes

A Parking Ranger has frequently booked cars for stopping too long, or who are double parked waiting to slip into the bus zone, so PLEASE remember to be patient if you wish to use this system for picking up your child. Fines are $304 and 2 demerit points, therefore it is definitely worth being patient with this system, or parking and coming into the school grounds to pick them up.

Middle/Senior School

Parents who are dropping off or picking their child up during bus times must use the designated drop off point at the front of the school on Bonville Station Road itself.  Parents are advised not to drive into the school grounds during the bus times.

Bus Transport

There are a number of Bus companies that service the school. An application can be made online for free travel for eligible students.

new application is only required if the student has never been approved for free school travel before.

Complete the online application form at Transport NSW.

You need to update student details online if the student

  • is moving from Year 2 to Year 3
  • is moving from Year 6 to Year 7
  • is changing schools or campuses (i.e. Year 5 Curacoa street to Year 6 at Bonville Campus)
  • is changing address

Go to Transport NSW – Update details to update student information.

Once your application has been submitted, the school will be asked to endorse your application, after which time a bus pass will be sent to your home address.

The bus companies that service the school are listed below.

Coffs Harbour  (02) 6652 2744
Raleigh (02) 6655 7430
Macksville (02) 6568 3012
Sawtell (02) 6653 3344

Beaumont’s Bus Service
(02) 6653 8993

(02) 6562 7800

Dorrigo Bus Service
(02) 6657 1096

Forest Coach Lines
02 9450 2277

Natureland Bus Service
0421 164 311

Newcombe Bus Lines
(02) 6658 0303

Sahdra Bus Service
0421 943 219
(no official website, third party website link only)

Late Arrivals

If a student is going to be late

Students arriving late (after 8.50am)  are to be signed in at the Front Desk Reception area by their parent or guardian before going to class.

Students driving themselves to school

A student who drives to school in their own car must have a signed note from their parents with the reason for the late arrival.  A note is not required if the parent calls to inform the school that their child is going to be late.

Upon arrival at the school, the student must go to the Front Desk Reception area and sign in before going to class.

If a student is going to leave early

If a student is going to leave the school early, they should have a note from their parent/guardian with the time that the student will be leaving class.  A parent/guardian may also call the school office and request that a child be called to Reception to meet the parent/guardian at the Bonville Campus only.

Regardless of which campus the child is being picked up from, the parent/guardian must sign out their child at the Front Desk Reception first and then they can collect their child.

A student who drives to school in their own car and needs to leave before the end of the school day must have a signed note from their parent/guardian specifying at what time and for what reason the student must leave. This note must be taken by the student to one of the appropriate teachers to be sighted and signed before coming to Reception to sign out.

Travel routine changes

The parent/guardian needs to contact the school and inform them of any changes to the student’s travel routine before 2:30pm.

If the child is being picked up by someone other than the parent or guardian then the parent/guardian should notify the school in writing, giving the school consent to release the child into said person’s care, who must show their drivers licence before signing the student out.

Phones and Tablets

All digital devices, including, but not limited to mobile phones, tablets, cameras, media players and gaming devices(such as Gameboys, Nintendos etc), must be handed in to Student Reception on arrival at school where it will be placed in a bag with the students name on it for collection at the end of the day.

Any student found with any of the abovementioned digital devices in their possession during the day will have the device confiscated. It will be held at the school for pickup by the parent or guardian.

Senior Students

Senior students are able to bring their own device (BYOD) for use at school if they have obtained a licence for the use of that device through the appropriate channels.