Northlakes Public School

Respectful Safe Learners

Telephone02 4399 2071

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 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.


Absences can be phoned through to the school, or a written note, signed by the parent or guardian, explaining the reason for the absence, this must be given to the classroom teacher when the child returns to school.

Late Arrival:

All children arriving after the morning bell must go directly to the school office before proceeding to their classroom.

Early Departure:

Students leaving before the end of the school day need to be signed out from the school office.  Parents/carers need to attend the school office to sign your child out.