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Bonnyrigg High School

Bonnyrigg High School

I shall strive for the best

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Rules and policies

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:


Compulsory School Attendance – Information for parents

An information brochure for parents/carers outlining attendance requirements for school-aged students.

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.


Students attendance is recorded during roll call in the morning. Teachers also mark attendance for each class. 

Late arrival

Students can sign-in at the front office, where they will be issued a ticket they can show their teacher. Parents will need to communicate to the school a reason for student lateness.

Early leave

Students wishing to leave early will need a permission note given to a Deputy principal who will communicate to the front office. Upon leaving, students will need to sign out at the front office and take a ticket.

Sick at school

If a students falls ill at school, they are to report to their teacher if in class, and head to the front office where they can be put into sick bay and consulted by a First Aid Officer. If the student needs to go home, the office will contact parents.


If a student is away from school, a parent will need to provide a note to explain the absence within 7 days. This can be in the form of a hard copy letter (it should contain the student's name, Roll Call, date of birth, dates of absence, reason for absence, contact phone number and the parent/guardian signature) or by replying to the SMS sent by the school.

Please click on the following links to view why attendance matters:

Why attendance matters

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