Ballimore Public 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 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.

Attendance at school

The law requires parents to send their children to school each day the school is open, and that teachers and the school maintain a Class/School Roll as proof of attendance in regard to each child. It is in your child’s best interests to attend regularly, so that the maximum benefit can be gained from school activities. A record of absences is kept on the school’s administration computer and these records are regularly checked by the Home School Liaison Officer.

If your child is absent from school

A phone call to the school to advise your child will not be present on a certain day would be appreciated. A note, signed by the parent/care giver, to the class teacher on the FIRST DAY of a child’s return to school is the next step in recording absence from school. Please contact the school if your child is going to be absent for an extended period. All notes are filed at school as part of your child’s attendance record.

Changes in a student’s circumstances

If there is a change of address, telephone number, contact details or family circumstances parents are asked to notify the school in writing so that records can be correctly maintained.

If your child is sick at school

The school is not equipped to care for ill children. Parents are therefore requested not to send sick children to school. Should a child be unfit for class then the parents will be contacted and requested to collect the child. Should the parent not be available, the nominated contact person will be called. Medical attention may be sought if an emergency arises.


The school implements a Homework Program for students in Year 1 to Year 6.  Homework is linked to what is occurring in the classroom. A Home Reading Program compliments the Homework Program.


Sport is held on Fridays. The school has a "No hat, play in the shade" policy. Factor 30+ sunscreen is provided upon request. 

Protection against infectious diseases

Before starting school it is a requirement that all children have had all necessary immunisations including:

  • A booster injection against diphtheria and tetanus
  • A booster dose of oral polio vaccine (sabin)
  • Measles and mumps vaccination.

Children enrolling in schools are required to provide the school with an Immunisation Certificate. This does not mean that immunisation is compulsory. Parents will always have the right of choice.

However, in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease, unimmunised children will be required to remain at home for the duration of the outbreak.

An Immunisation Certificate can only be issued by a doctor or health professional.

Lunch and recess

Lunch and a healthy snack at recess are required by your child / children every day.

We encourage NO nuts, chocolate, chips or cordial to be brought to school.