Canterbury Public School

Participation, Equity & Excellence

Telephone02 9718 2884

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:

If your child cannot attend school you are required by law to explain your child's absence. Please provide a note on your child's return to school stating the dates and reasons for their absence. If you are intending to be away for more than 2 weeks (such as for travel) please ask at the school office for a form you will need to submit to obtain an exemption.

Early departures

If you need to collect your child early you must first present to the front office to sign your child out. Your child will receive an early departure note which you must present to the teacher.


If your child is late you need to go to the office before they go to class and get a late note to give to their teacher.

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.

Aboriginal education

Our school aims to improve the educational outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as build everyone's knowledge about the histories and cultures of the First Peoples of Australia.

Anti-bullying plan 

At Canterbury Public School we value participation, equity and excellence. Our Anti-bullying Plan has been developed with these core values in mind.


Canterbury Public School has a School Discipline Code which outlines steps taken to promote positive behaviour for learning. The basis of this policy is that everyone has the right to respect, to be safe and to learn.

Gifted and high potential students

Gifted and high potential students are found in all communities regardless of their ethnic or socioeconomic backgrounds. Our school's Gifted and High Potential Student Guidelines identify and support gifted and high potential students to be engaged, challenged and learn.


Canterbury Public School has Homework Guidelines which outline community and school expectations from Kindergarten to Year 6.

Internet use

Our school's information communication technology and internet use policy (PDF 115KB) provides a consistent framework for information and communications technology (ICT) use in teaching and learning programs and strategies to manage inappropriate use of ICT. 

Learning support

Our Learning Support Team (LST) have a range of policies in place for students with specialised learning needs. Download and view the learning support team flowchart (PDF 273KB) for further information. 


If your child is sick or injured at school, the school will administer first aid and make a decision about contacting you, or if you are not available, your nominated emergency contact. Please advise the school of your child's absence for sickness.

Please note that children are not allowed to bring medicines to school in their bags. If your child needs to take medicine during school hours it must be handed to our dedicated First Aid Officer, Ms Brunton. You will need to sign necessary forms to enable proper administration.

Spare clothing

In case of accident or sickness it may be necessary to change your child's clothing. The school has a small range of used school clothing for these purposes. If your child needs to use this clothing, it would be greatly appreciated if you launder and return it to school promptly.

Sun protection 

Our school's sun protection policy is designed to limit the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation on our students and ensure they can play in the sun safely. Students must:

  • bring a sun safe hat to school, either a broad-brimmed hat, a bucket hat or a legionnaire hat. Baseball hats and visors offer no protection to the neck or cheeks and are not recommended
  • wear a sun safe hat at lunch and recess
  • play in a shaded area if they forget their hat. 

Uniform policy

Our uniform policy (PDF 30KB) is designed to create a sense of belonging for our students and contribute to a safe and inclusive learning environment. We ask that all parents ensure their children cooperate with this policy. 

Our school uses the department's School Community Charter to ensure all of our communication is collaborative and respectful.