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The Bidgee School

The Bidgee 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.

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:

Regular attendance at school is essential to ensure satisfactory progress is being made in all aspects of school development.

Education in New South Wales is compulsory. This means all children from 6 years of age and under the minimum school leaving age (17) are legally required to attend school.

If a student is unable to attend school for any reason, it is important to advise the school so we are aware that their non-attendance has your support.

Please telephone the school or send a note when the student returns to school.

Principals are also responsible for deciding if the reason given for an absence is justified. For this reason, principals may request medical certificates or other documentation for long or frequent absences explained by parents as being due to illness. If principals don't consider an explanation to be satisfactory, they will record the absence as unjustified.

Students who are absent from school for unexplained periods may be referred to the Department of Education's Home School Liaison Officer, who will seek reasons for the absence.

It is important to understand that the NSW Department of Education may prosecute parents (including carers) if children of compulsory school age have recurring numbers of unjustified absences from school.