Student Absence

Procedure for Daily Absence

On each day that a student is absent from school, an SMS message will be forwarded during the morning to the nominated parent/caregiver's mobile phone indicating their son’s absence. The parent/caregiver will then be required to reply via SMS to the College with a reason for that absence.

An explanatory note on the student’s return to the College is not required, provided the parent/caregiver has responded to the SMS message. Additionally, a telephone call is no longer required to be made to the College Office in the event of a student’s absence.

Students in Years 9 - 12 who are absent during an assessment task will be required to provide a medical certificate to the Curriculum Co-ordinator on the first day the student returns to the College.

On special days (e.g. sports carnivals) a medical certificate may be required to verify absence. Students will be warned about the requirements for absence prior to the declared day.


Procedure for Extended Leave

In line with the NSW Education Act relating to student attendance, should a parent/caregiver wish to request that a student undertake holidays/travel during the school term, the relevant procedure below must be completed:

Leave of 1-9 Days           
A letter in advance addressed to the Principal requesting leave, including the dates and reason, handed into Student Services.   

Leave of 10-100 Days
Form A.1 - Application for Extended Leave (Including Travel)

Exemption from attendance at school 
Form A.2 -Application for Exemption from Attendance at School 

Circumstances under which the A.2 form should be submitted include:

  • Exceptional circumstances;       

  • Employment in entertainment industry;

  • Participation in elite arts or elite sporting events.

Where practical, the appropriate form is to be submitted to the Principal four weeks prior to the student commencing his known period of absence.  

It is expected that medical and other appointments are made out of College hours.

In particular, it is the responsibility of parents/caregiver's and students to ensure the relevant year Assessment Schedule has been consulted. Any schoolwork or assessment deadlines that may take place during an absence will require consultation with the Curriculum Co-ordinator in relation to possible alternative arrangements.