Bonnet Bay Public School

Learn to Grow - Grow to Learn

Telephone02 9528 4111

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 and remain in school, employment or training until they turn 17.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

School Exemption Changes 

Families can no longer apply for a Certificate of Exemption for holidays taken by students outside of school vacation periods.  Travel outside of vacation periods is now counted as an absence for statistical purposes.  Families are encouraged to holiday or travel during school vacations. 

If travel outside of school vacation periods is necessary for any length of time, parents can complete an Application Extended Leave (PDF 152KB) If the principal accepts the reason for the absence, a Certificate of Extended Leave will be issued and the student's absence will be recorded as Justified-Leave.  If the principal believes that the absence is not in the best interest of the student, the absence will be recorded as Unjustified and a Certificate of Extended Leave will not be issued. Absences will be noted on students' reports and school data.

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.

Bonnet Bay Public School Anti-Bullying Plan 2023