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Westmead Public School

Westmead Public School

Celebrating Excellence in Learning

Telephone02 9635 7793


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:

Westmead attendance policy

School hours are from 8.30am to 3.00pm with lessons beginning at 8.55am. All students are expected to attend on time every day that school is open unless they are sick. Regular attendance is essential to ensure a consistent learning program and good progress. District Home School Liaison Officers (HSLO) monitor truancy, school attendance and lateness. The development of punctuality is an important life skill.

Some things that you can do to help keep our records up-to-date:

  • When your child returns after an absence, please write a note that gives the reason and date of actual absence. Include your child's name and class on the note. There is no need to telephone the school for day to day absences.
  • If your child is late to school please take them to class. Arriving late constitutes a partial absence and requires a note providing a reason for your child's partial absence.
  • If your child needs to leave school early due to sickness or reasons such as a doctor's appointment, please collect an Early Leaver slip from the Office and give it to your child's teacher. Leaving early constitutes a partial absence.

Because of custody and stranger danger issues, students cannot leave the school grounds during school hours without an authorised adult and the Principal's consent. Parents must provide photo ID when collecting their child early from school.

Our school rules

Our school rules.

Be safe - Students have the right to feel safe, happy and self-empowered in their learning environment.

Be respectful - Our school should be a safe and happy place. Each student has the right to expect that they will be treated with respect and will treat others respectfully.

Be responsible - Everyone has a right to an education and need to take responsibility for their behaviour.

NSW Public Schools behaviour code for students


Consequences and discipline

Teachers will ensure that consequences are fair and effective when dealing with students who break the rules.


White slips - After one warning, a white slip is given to a student who breaks a school rule. The reason for the white slip is discussed with the student and recorded on the slip. This slip is then sent to the classroom teacher who keeps a record.

3 white slips usually result in a detention. 

Note:  White slips will usually be discounted at the end of each term, that is, every term is a fresh start.

Instant detention is given if a student is fighting or violent towards others or engaging in aggressive behaviour.

Detention means the student is removed from the playground for playing time. The focus in the detention room will be on the student taking ownership of his/her behaviour and where possible, restitution. Parents are notified by a letter from the detention supervisor. Please sign and return it to the classroom teacher.



DET procedures for the suspension and expulsion of the school students are applied where necessary.

Ongoing concerns about student behaviour are discussed by the student, class teacher, supervisor and parents. In these cases specific behaviour programs may be established or further disciplinary action taken.