For Parents - School Attendance

 Daily Routine

The school day commences at 9.00 am and concludes at 3.10 pm. The daily programme is divided into 8 forty minute lessons with a twenty minute recess at 11.00 am and a forty minute lunch break commencing at 12.40 pm. School sport is set down for Friday afternoons and appropriate sports wear should be worn to school. No student should be at school before 8.15 am or after 4.15 pm unless involved in an activity with a staff member.

Absences and Punctuality

All students are required to attend every day that the College is open. Parents are requested to notify the school in writing, using the form on the Skoolbag App or by email to absences@trac.nsw.edu.au if the student is to be absent on a particular day, giving the student’s full name and reason for the absence. In the case of illness or unexpected absences, a note or email must be sent to school on the day the student returns explaining the reason for the absence. At the latest, notes must be received by the office within two weeks of the absence. This note is a legal requirement of the Board of Studies and will be kept in the student’s file. A note proforma may be found at the back of the student diary.

Where the absence is to be extended, for example two weeks or longer travelling, an application is to be made to the Principal.

Click here for Application for extended leave(two weeks or more) for students to travel during Term.

The school roll is marked in Homeroom or Year group meeting at 9.00 am. If students arrive late they are required to report to the office before going to class, where a late pass will be issued and the time noted. A note from a parent or guardian is required explaining the reason for the late arrival to school. Persistent lateness disrupts school life and will be further investigated.

A text message is sent daily to parents of students who are absent where no notification has been received. Only parents of students who have been marked absent at roll call or who have not signed in late will receive a SMS. Parents’ replies to this message giving the reason for the absence will be stored in the school files and may be accepted as a note.

Leaving School During the Day

If your child has an appointment to attend during the school day it would be appreciated if you could provide them with a note stating what time they will be leaving the school and whether or not they will return. The student should bring this note to the office when they sign out. Alternatively, parents are able to sign their children out at the office if they need to leave the school during the course of the day and have not brought a note.
School Sport is held every Friday afternoon and is compulsory for all students. For those who are taken to venues outside the school for sport, a note from a parent must be given to the supervising teacher if the student is to be dismissed from the venue and not return to school. If a parent/guardian collects a student from sport they are required to personally inform the teacher.

Where there are custody and access orders from the Family Court parents/guardians should provide copies to the Principal.