Balgowlah Heights Public School

Excellence and Opportunity

Telephone02 9948 2225

Emailbalgowlaht-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

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 and remain in school, employment or training until they turn 17.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

Regular attendance at school is essential if students are to maximise their potential. By law, parents/caregivers are required to explain the absences of their children promptly and in writing to the school within seven days from the first day of absence.

  • For absences of 1 - 14 days the Student Absence Form which is available on the school's App should be completed or an email should be sent to the school advising of the reason for the student's absence. A note outlining the reason for the absence may also be provided to the teacher upon the student's return to school where the absence is less than seven days.
  • For absences of 15 or more school days, the Application for Extended Leave – Travel which is also available on the school's App should be completed and submitted to the principal with a copy of supporting documents such as airline tickets prior to the absence.

School frameworks (school policies)

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.

Homework framework

Homework is a valuable part of schooling. It allows for practising, extending and consolidating work done in class. Homework provides training for students in planning and organising time and develops a range of skills in identifying and using information resources. Additionally, it establishes habits of study, concentration and self-discipline. 

Internet usage framework

Students who use digital technologies are required to sign an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) user agreement. View the ICT user agreement K-2 (PDF 352KB) and the ICT user agreement 3-6 (PDF 344KB)