Matraville Sports High 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:

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.

It is not OK to be away - see parent information sheet(PDF 420KB)

Roll Call

Attendance Rolls are marked at 8.45am each morning in Roll Call rooms.  Students must organise themselves to be on time each day.


Students who are late to school must bring a note from their parents/caregivers explaining the reason for their lateness and report to the front office. Persistent lateness is not acceptable and will be dealt with by the school's disciplinary procedures.


Parents of students who are recorded as absent on any given day receive a text message on that day to advise them of this. They can respond by text message free of charge.

When a student is absent from school for any period of time, a note explaining the absence, written and signed by the student's parent/caregiver, MUST be handed in at Roll Call or at the Attendance Office on the day of the student's return.  It is a legal requirement that a note, covering ALL absences (whatever the reason), is received by the School from the parent/caregiver.

If you know your child will be absent for more than two days, please advise the School beforehand.  A note signed by parent/caregiver is still required.

Students in the TSP who are required to attend coaching camps and/or competitions necessitating a period of absence from the school must complete an Application for Approved Leave Form available from the front office.

Student attendance (including lateness) may impact on the awarding of School Certificate, Preliminary and Higher School Certificate.