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.
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 policies)
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.
Our school's Aboriginal education policy (PPT 315KB) 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.
At Canterbury Public School we value participation, equity and excellence. Our anti-bullying plan (PDF 236KB) has been developed with these core values in mind.
Canterbury Public School has a school discipline policy (DOCX 836KB) which outlines steps taken to promote good discipline and effective learning. The basis of this policy is that everyone has the right to respect, to be safe and to learn.
Gifted and talented students
Gifted and talented students are found in all communities regardless of their ethnic or socioeconomic backgrounds. Our school's gifted and talented policy (DOC 31KB) was created with the intention of identifying gifted and talented students and maximising their learning outcomes.
The Department of Education does not have a homework policy itself however it does state that all NSW public schools are required to develop a policy in consultation with staff, students, parents and caregivers in each schools local community.
Our school homework policy (PDF 113KB) states that homework benefits students by complementing classroom learning and allowing them to practise skills and concepts learnt in the classroom. It allows students to practise life skills such as organisation and time management in order to cope with life beyond school and home.
There is no doubt that children need to practise concepts learnt at school but the definition of homework needs to include any work that children do at home that will benefit them in the practice and application of skills and concepts taught at school.
The homework grid has been adapted each year by each teacher to suit the needs of the students in their care. Teachers are aware of the fact that all families are different and that homework is approached in different ways by each and every family. Hence the grid allows for and caters to these differences; its flexibility making it accessible and equitable for all.
For parents and caregivers, the School A to Z online school community includes homework and study tips along with a range of assignment starters on common classroom topics set for study.
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.
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.
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.
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.