Rooty Hill High School


Telephone02 9625 8104

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:


If a student is absent from school due to illness or family matters and it is likely they will only be absent for less than 3 days please contact the Attendance Office

For Junior School Absences (Years 7 - 9) please call 88053608

For Senior School Absences (Years 10 - 12) please call 88053609

Extended leave

If a student is going to be absent for an extended period due to illness, injury, overseas travel, or family matters it is essential to contact the Attendance Office to apply for approved leave or, where exceptional circumstances exist, exemption to avoid being on unauthorised leave. It is important that each student is given the necessary school work to complete during their extended absence.

When planning overseas holidays it is important to consider whether your child has any important examinations or assessment tasks during the travel period. This is particularly important for senior students when preparing for their HSC. When traveling overseas, students need to submit the relevant extended leave forms signed by the Principal before travelling. Leave is not granted automatically.

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.