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Granville Boys High School

Granville Boys High School

Aiming for Excellence

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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.

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Attendance at school is compulsory, five days a week. Apart from the legal requirements for attendance, it is important that students gain continuity in their education in order to move ahead as they should.

It is possible that due to an unsatisfactory record of attendance a student is not meeting course outcomes this could affect a student's eligibility to receive the higher school certificate (HSC). It may also affect social security and/or centrelink entitlements. It is, therefore, important that students cultivate habits of good attendance right from the start.

The school recognises, however, that for a variety of sound reasons — such as illness, dental appointments, family emergencies etc — that students may not be able to attend on every day of school. In such cases, an exemption from school is granted and recorded in the rolls. Please read the following paragraphs closely.

If a student is away for any reason and you have not contacted the school, you will receive a phone call home advising you of your child's absence. A written explanation is still required on the childs' return to school. Unexplained student absence is reported on school reports.

Student absences

If an absence is anticipated, then a note should be produced before the absence and presented to reception for approval. This could occur, for example, when a medical appointment has been made. Any extended leave of absence, including overseas travel must have prior approval from the principal.

If your child is absent through illness or any other unforeseen reason a phone call to myself or the school office is advisable. A note should also be produced on the first day back to school and presented to the roll teacher.

If a student is absent from school, without prior warning having been given, for three days or more, a phone call will be made home asking for an explanation of the absence. In cases when parents know that an illness or injury will prevent attendance for three or more days, it is advisable to phone the school office. This will prevent a phone call made to the home. If a student returns to school after an absence, up to a week is allowed for the presentation of an absence note before a letter is sent home.

Fractional truency

It is essential that students attend every class in a day. Teachers mark rolls every period and will inform the head teacher of welfare if a student is absent from class without approval. The head teacher follows up on all students who have been recognised as fractional truants. Unauthorised absence is treated as a discipline issue and will result in sanctions such as afternoon detention. Parents are informed of such breaches.

Lateness to school

Students arriving late to school must:

  • Report to the head teacher of welfare immediately on arrival at school and write your name and time of arrival onto a form. Students will stay with them until the end of roll call.
  • Students who arrive later than 9:20am will receive a phone call home. If there is no reasonable explanation an afternoon detention will be issued. Students will go to first period.
  • Parents will be notified in writing of students who have more than five days late per term.
  • Students who are late several times without written explanation will be placed on after school detention.

Leaving early

If a student needs to leave school early, the following procedure applies:

  • Before school, students must notify a deputy that they will be leaving early.
  • At recess, students need to return to reception and pickup their early departure pass.
  • If your early departure pass has not been issued, please see the deputy principal.
  • Your note must contain a valid reason for leaving school early.

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.

Digital video monitoring

To ensure the intended use of the digital video monitoring (IRIS system) in the classroom as a reflective and collaborative tool for teachers to improve teaching and learning sequences, a policy has been written to standardise procedures for the handling, viewing, retention, and destruction of recorded material. For more information see the IRIS policy (PDF 70KB).

Special Religious Education

Special Religious Education (SRE) is conducted at Granville Boys High School for Muslim students by Sheik Wissam Charkawi, who takes Islamic SRE every Friday period 5 in the gym. Each year group has one term of instruction, using the following timetable:

  • Term 1 - Year 8
  • Term 2 -  Year 9
  • Term 3 -  Year 10
  •  Term 4 -  Year 7

The school does not provide SRE for other religious groups. Students not attending scripture are to attend their normal lessons every Friday period 5. 

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