Denison College - Kelso High Campus

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Telephone02 6331 4544

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.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

Student Attendance

Rolls are marked each morning during roll call.  Class rolls are also marked each lesson by the class teachers.  Attendance is monitored by an Attendance Team and Home School Liaison Officer.

Leaving the school

Permission to leave school during the day (for appointments such as doctor, dentist, and so on) can be granted by bringing a note from a parent/caregiver to the front office, before 9am on the day required.  A pass will be issued to students to allow them to leave school at the requested time. Students without a note from parents will not be granted leave. Please do not make appointments for doctors, dentists, and the like during school time (including sport time) unless it is absolutely unavoidable.

Absences from School

If a student is absent from school it is a requirement that the absence is explained within seven days. If it is known that the student will be absent for three or more days it would be appreciated that the school is notified of this before they return. If the student is to have an extended absence, such as family holiday or sporting commitment, they need to apply for leave prior to departing.

Methods for Explaining Absences

Use any of the following methods:

  1. Access the Parent Portal to view your child’s attendance and respond by providing an explanation. If you require your access code please contact the school.
  2. Complete a Absence Note and have the student return it to their roll call teacher.
  3. Ring the school office – (02) 6331 4544
  4. Respond to the Schools SMS Text Notification

Absence Note to Print and Send in to the 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.

Mobile phones/ electronic devices

The inappropriate use of electronic devices disrupts the learning environment and interferes with the operation of a school.

Mobile phones, music devices & electronic devices are not to be used in class, unless with permission of the teacher. The risk of theft is potentially a problem to monitor and police. If students bring mobile phones to school, it is at their own risk.  The school will not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage. Therefore, electronic devices are not the responsibility of teaching staff.

In class, mobile phones are to be switched off and put away. Students who do not follow this policy may have their phone confiscated for a period of time.