Regular attendance at school is essential for your child to achieve their best and to maximise their career and life options. Education in NSW is compulsory for all children between the ages of six years and below the minimum school leaving age.
The Education Act 1990 requires parents ensure their children of compulsory school age regularly attend school or are registered with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for home-schooling.
Arriving at school and class on time:
- ensures students do not miss out on important learning scheduled early in the day
- helps students learn the importance of punctuality and routine
- gives students time to greet their friends before class
- reduces classroom disruption.
Student learning is more successful when students are present consistently for the whole school day. Students who consistently arrive a few minutes late miss out on vital information for the day ahead.
On occasion, your child may need to be absent from school. Justified reasons for student absences may include:
- being sick, or having an infectious disease
- an unavoidable medical appointment
- being required to attend a recognised religious holiday
- exceptional or urgent family circumstance (attending a funeral).
In the case of an absence, the parent/carers should notify the school before the absence, and no later than early on the morning of the absence. If a student is absent from school, and no prior notification has been given by the parent/carer, the parent/carer receives a text message at 9.30am on the day of the absence to advise them of the unexplained absence.
If the parent/carer has not notified the school before the absence, they must do so within seven days of the absence. Parents/carers whose children have unexplained absences are emailed weekly with a request to provide an explanation of the absence/s.
Families are encouraged to travel during school holidays. If travel during a school term is necessary, please discuss your plans with the principal, as an Application for Extended Leave may need to be completed. In some circumstances, students may be eligible to enrol in distance education for travel periods of more than 50 school days.
For further information, our school’s attendance policy can be found here.