A 7-12 Co-educational College founded by the Sisters of St Joseph 1883
Education for your child is important and regular attendance at school is essential for your child to achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options. Education in NSW is compulsory for all children between the ages of six years and below the minimum school leaving age. The Education Act 1990 requires that parents ensure their children of compulsory school age are enrolled at, and regularly attend school, or, are registered with NESA, Teaching and Educational Standards for home-schooling.
The NSW Government provides some helpful information to inform parents of what is expected of them. Some of the key areas are outlined below.
The importance of arriving on time
Arriving at school and class on time:
Student learning is more successful when students are present consistently for the whole school day. Students who arrive “just a few minutes late...” miss out on vital information on the day ahead.
What if my child has to be away from school?
On occasion, your child may need to be absent from school. Justified reasons for student absences may include:
In the case of an absence from school parents should notify the school early in the morning to advise them of the absence. This can be done by calling the College office, an email to the school admin firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Compass parent portal. Following an absence from school, if notification as described above has not been given, you must ensure that within seven days you provide St Joseph's College with a verbal or written explanation for the absence. If the school has not received an explanation from you within two days, the school may contact you to discuss the absence.
Families are encouraged to travel during school holidays. If travel during school term is necessary, parents must apply for leave – at least two weeks prior to the leave so as a determination can be made – this will be dependent on scheduled assessment tasks. Please note that students will not be given leave during any scheduled examination block – see the relevant year Assessment Handbook for further details. Absences relating to travel will be marked as leave on the roll and therefore contribute to your child’s total absences for the year. In some circumstances, students may be eligible to enrol in distance education for travel periods over 50 school days.
For further information on compulsory school attendance, visit the NSW Department of Education website.