Rules and policies are in place to make sure your child remains safe and well at school.
Visit the NSW Department of Education’s policy library for all current operational policies.
Our school uses the department's School Community Charter to ensure all of our communication is collaborative and respectful.
Attendance and absences
Students must attend school regularly so they can achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options.
In NSW, all children from the age of 6 are legally required to attend school or be registered for home schooling through the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). All students must complete Year 10, or its equivalent.
Young people below the age of 17 who have completed Year 10 must be:
in school, or registered for home schooling
in approved education or training, such as a traineeship, apprenticeship or TAFE
in full-time paid employment (average 25 hours a week)
in a combination of work, education and/or training (average of 25 hours a week combined).
Students 17 years and over who are enrolled in school must attend school regularly to meet HSC course requirements.
As a parent or carer, you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day when they are of compulsory school age. You must explain all absences to the school within 7 days.
For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:
To help ensure our students safety we will be informing parent/s carers about any unexplained absences for their child.
After 10:30am an sms will be automatically sent out to the mobile phones of parents/carers explaining that their child has not yet arrived at school. The message will read as follows:
GRC Peakhurst Campus records show (Name) has not signed in by 10:30 today (Date). Please provide reason by return SMS, by calling 9153 9966 or by note.
Parents can then reply using SMS, by phone or sending a note with their child on return.
If you know you are going to be absent, please bring a note in advance.
- If parent/guardian is aware that their son/daughter will be late arriving to school, a note should be written by that person explaining the reason for the lateness.
- This note should be clearly marked at the top with child's name, year, roll class and date printed in block letters.
- Students should go directly to the late room in D Block and hand in their note, whereby, their lateness will be entered onto the school system.
- Students will remain in the late room until 9:00 a.m. A late note will then be issued which will enable the student to enter their class, after it is signed by the Deputy. Students are not permitted to enter class (when late) unless they have the late note signed by the Deputy.
- The same procedure applies if a child is late to school (e.g. bus delay) and does not have a note. The late note that is issued under these circumstances has a section where parent/guardian has to sign and an explanation given for their child's lateness. This note should be returned the next day to the roll teacher.
Please note: If a child is late to school and is accompanied by parent/guardian, the school still requires a written note.
When it is necessary for a student to leave school early, a written note is required from parent/guardian. Students should present this note (with name, year, roll class and date) to the Deputy Principal for authorisation and then take it to the office to receive an early leave pass. The Deputy Principal will ring parents to confirm the time of departure.
Out of class / Going to the toilet during class time
Students are encouraged to use the bathrooms during recess and lunch. If you are out of class, at any time, you must carry your student diary with written permission from your teacher or member of staff.
Values are taught in the classroom to help our students to:
- develop a love of learning
- pursue excellence and high standards
- develop care and respect for themselves and others
- take pride in their work
- exhibit a strong sense of fairness and social justice
- have respect for and understanding of Australia's history including the cultures and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first peoples of Australia, and Australia as a multicultural society
- have an appreciation of Australia's history and multicultural society
- actively participate as citizens.
Any behaviour that infringes on other people's safety such as harassment, bullying or any illegal behaviour will not be tolerated at our school.