Gymea North Public School

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

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

Missing school means your child misses out on vital information and maintaining learning routines. This can result in a loss of confidence and missing out on forming vital friendships.

Attendance is recorded each day. As a parent or caregiver you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day, including sports 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 a recognised religious holiday

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

  • is sick, or has an infectious illness.

If you are having difficulty getting your child to attend school regularly, you might like to talk to the school principal or the school counsellor.

If your child has to be absent from school for any reason, including arriving late or leaving early, please either tell your child's teacher or the administration assistant at our school, or explain the reason by phone, email, or written note as soon as possible and within seven days.

School values and expectations

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.

All students are expected to:

  • attend school every day, unless they are legally excused

  • be in class on time and prepared to learn

  • maintain a neat appearance and follow the school uniform policy

  • behave safely, considerately and responsibly including when travelling to and from school

  • follow class rules, speak courteously and cooperate with instructions and learning activities

  • treat staff, other students and members of the school community with dignity and respect

  • care for property belonging to themselves, the school and others.

Any behaviour that infringes on other people's safety such as harassment, bullying or any illegal behaviour will not be tolerated at our school.

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.


Bullying behaviour has three key features. It involves the intentional misuse of power in a relationship. It is ongoing and repeated, and it involves behaviours that can cause harm. The NSW Department of Education requires all NSW public schools to have an Anti-bullying Plan which details the strategies implemented to reduce student bullying behaviours.

To read more on anti-bullying, visit the link below and/or download the school antibullying plan:

NSW Anti-bullying website

Mobile Phones and Smart Watches

NSW Department of Education policy is that primary school students are not to use mobile devices at school, either during class or at recess or lunch.

Please find our school mobile phone and smart watch policy below.

Extended Leave Application

Please complete the following online form if you intend to withdraw your child/ren for travel during the school term.

Extended Leave Application