Absence, Illness and Leave

Absence or late arrival

Attendance is recorded each period of every school day. As a parent or caregiver you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day, including sport and activities days unless your child:

• has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment (preferably these should be made after school or during holidays)

• is required to attend an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as attending a funeral)

• is sick, or has an infectious illness.

Daily Absence
If your child is to be absent from school for any reason, including arriving late or leaving early, please advise the appropriate Administration Assistant (see below), explaining the reason for absence by phone, email, or written note before 10.00 am that day. In addition a written note confirming the circumstances of the absence is required within 7 days.

Sickness in excess of 4 school days requires a doctor’s certificate detailing the nature of sickness and duration of sickness.

Junior School: Phone 6776 5817 or by email

Middle School: Phone 6776 5819 or by email

Senior School: Phone 6776 5800 or by email

Students arriving late to Junior School must be accompanied by parents and report to Junior School administration.

Students arriving late to Middle School must sign in or out in the book located in the Middle School staff room. Middle School students needing to leave the school grounds for medical or other appointments during the normal school day (8.30am-3.30pm) must sign out accordingly.

Students arriving late to Senior School must sign in or out at Reception and collect a ‘Late Slip’ to give to their teacher. Senior School students needing to leave the school grounds for medical or other appointments during the normal school day (8.30am-3.30pm) must sign out accordingly.

Leave during academic time

Pupils are expected to attend school for the full period of the term. If, however, a family wishes to apply for leave for exceptional circumstances, the Application for Exemption from School form MUST be completed by a parent and permission sought from the Deputy Headmaster prior to the leave being taken – by fax (02 67765830), mail or email:  [email protected]

Alternatively, if a family wishes to apply for leave for their child/children for the purpose of travel or holidays during term time, the Application for Extended Leave – Travel or Holiday form MUST be completed by a parent and permission sought from the Headmaster – by fax (2 67765830) or email:  [email protected]

If the leave is granted, an appropriate Certificate confirming permission will be issued.

Boarders’ Leave

Any leave from school during academic time must be approved by the Deputy Headmaster as per the arrangements above.  Leave from the boarding house is the parents’ responsibility to communicate with the Housemaster. For information on Boarders Leave, see here (link).

Leave from Sport

Information regarding leave from sporting commitments, or wet weather policy, can be found on the Sport page.