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:
If a student is absent from school without a legitimate reason, an SMS will be sent to the parent/carer’s mobile phone on the day of the absence. A return message indicating the reason for absence is necessary as a legal record explaining the absence. A parent can also explain an absence through the Parent Portal, an email, phone call or a written note on return of absence. All written notes are to be placed in the white mail box outside on the main office.
If you know prior that your child will be absent, please email a note to explain the intended absence.
The Department of Education no longer allows exemptions to be given for family holidays during term. Absence for this reason may be classified as 'Unjustified'. For Family Holidays greater than 4 days, completion of an extended leave travel form is required. In this instance, the absence will be recorded as 'Explained, Leave'.
Kirrawee High School supports students who undertake elite non-school co-curricular activities in sport, the arts or other endeavours. In these cases, an exemption form must be submitted 7 days before the absence. With approved exemptions, leave is noted as 'Explained', 'Exempt' on the official attendance roll.
School frameworks (school rules)
As well as following the department’s operational policies, we have developed frameworks for our students in line with our school’s values and commitments.