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Hunter Sports High School

Hunter Sports High School

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Attendance Policy

Student attendance at Hunter Sports High School is not only compulsory but also a legal requirement as outlined in the DET's School Attendance Policy and Procedures (1991). It is important students attend school on a regular basis to ensure they receive appropriate education and achieve positive learning outcomes. Unsatisfactory attendance may result in a student not meeting course outcomes and this could effect a student's ability to receive the Higher School Certificate as well as social security and/or Centrelink entitlements.


Student's Responsibility:

As members of Hunter Sports High School students must agree to:

  • Be punctual to school
  • Be punctual to all classes
  • Attend school as often as possible
  • Attend timetabled classes
  • Provide timely written notification from parents/caregivers for any absences
  • Obtain authorised passes (i.e. early leavers pass, late arrival pass)
  • Take responsibility for completion of work missed due to non-attendance


Parent/Caregiver's Responsibility:

A parent/caregiver of a student at Hunter Sports High School should:

  • Provide timely written notification for their child's absenteeism
  • Ensure their child attends school on a regular basis
  • Communicate with the school regarding extended periods of absence
  • Provide written explanations for lateness or early leavers
  • Work with the school to support student attendance


Early Leavers:

If a student needs to leave school early they need written permission from their parent/caregiver. This note must be handed in to the Student Services Office before school starts in the morning and The student will then receive and Early Leavers Pass. The student shows this pass to their teacher when they are due to leave school and keep the pass on them when they leave the school grounds. 


Late Arrivers:

Students who are late to school must go to the Student Services Office to sign in before going to class. The Deputy Principal may have to help students who are continually late to become more organised. 


Absence from school: 

The school recognises that there may be a sound reason why a student may not attend school on a given day. In such cases the student is recorded as being absent and an explanation (written or phone call) from a parent/caregiver is required to ensure accurate records are kept. Notes are kept as a permanent record. They should be in the parent/caregiver's handwriting and clearly state the student's name and roll class as well as the day, date and reason for absence. Notes are to be presented on the day of return from absence to the Roll Teacher or Student Services Office.