Two primary school kids left behind on bus during school excursion – Two young schoolchildren were forgotten on a bus during a school excursion to Perth Zoo.

The two boys, both aged around six, were left behind when their classmates and teachers from Hensman Street Elementary got off at the number 34 bus stop near Perth Zoo last Friday.

Two primary school kids left behind on bus during school excursion

The kids were among eight students who made the brief bus journey from the school to the zoo under the supervision of three teachers and one parent volunteer.

Hensman Street Elementary is a small independent school that accommodates children from pre-kindergarten to Year 3 only, many of them with special needs.

The school charges up to $9,900 a year per student.

Two young school boys from Hensman Street Elementary (pictured) were left behind on a bus during a school excursion to the Perth Zoo

Two young school boys from Hensman Street Elementary (pictured) were left behind on a bus during a school excursion to the Perth Zoo

When it dawned on the teachers that the students had been left on the bus alone, a hurried phone call was made to the bus company, Transperth, which sent staff members to meet the bus.

When questioned how the incident unfolded, Hensman Street Elementary principal Tanya Steers said that staff had responded ‘immediately’.

‘The children were returned safely and the families of the children that were involved, were involved in a positive outcome’, she told the West Australian.

‘Out of respect for the children and the families, the school isn’t going to provide any further information due to privacy.’

Ms Steers said the school had reported the incident to the Education Department, in line with registration standards for non-government schools.

The boys were among eight students who made the short bus journey from the school to the zoo on Friday under the supervision of three teachers and one parent volunteer (stock image pictured)

The boys were among eight students who made the short bus journey from the school to the zoo on Friday under the supervision of three teachers and one parent volunteer (stock image pictured)

It is understood none of the parents of the other six children on the trip were told about the incident.

Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said it was informed on Friday morning that two children who were part of a travelling school group on an excursion had ‘accidentally remained on board’ a route 34 bus which had just left Perth Zoo.

‘PTA and Transperth staff quickly contacted the drivers of all operational Route 34 services to identify the bus in question, which was pulling into Perth Busport,’ he said.

‘Busport employees met the bus when it arrived at 9.30am and kept the children with them until the teacher arrived to pick them up at 9.44am.

‘Less than 30 minutes passed from the time of the first phone call to the children being collected by their teacher, a successful and timely response from all PTA and Transperth staff involved.’

Daily Mail

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