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Absence and Late/Leave Pass Information



Please notify the school if your student is not returning to school on the first day of term 1, 2017 due to illness, extended holiday or moving schools.

Also notify the school as soon as you know your child will be absent at anytime throughout the year.


You may report an absence by:

  • sending a text message to 0429 318 486 – Please note your message must contain TEXT ONLY and ensure it does not contain any digital multi-media icons or French accents as the message will not be accepted.  Also note you cannot ring this SMS mobile number;
  • leave a message on 24hr absence line - 07 5582 7360;
  • replying to a text message;
  • sending a note to the Absence Room when the student returns to school.
  • Please do not send absence messages through the school newsletter “contact us’ as messages go to a generic office email and not directly to the absence office.


When you report an absence please give clear and concise details - student full name, year level, date of absence and a very brief reason for absence eg: appointment, sickness, family matter, etc. Unexplained absence/s will be investigated.  Students cannot report their own absences.  Repeated days off should be supported with a medical certificate as outlined in the student diary. Persistent absence may affect school enrolment.




Students arriving late must report to the Absence Room located next to the Textbook Room to sign in. Students are to present a note with an explanation for their lateness. Students are reminded that punctuality is expected at all times. Late arrivals will be recorded on reports and can lead to cancellation of enrolment.


Receiving SMS Absence Messages


If you receive an SMS from the school advising that your child is late/absent from school would you please ensure that when you reply include the full name of the student, Year level, date and reason for absence i.e. John Smith Year 10 sick 11/2/16.


Early Departure


Students are only permitted to leave school grounds during the day if they are signed out by parent/s, guardian/s or caregiver/s or have a note signed by parent/s, guardian/s or caregiver/s giving a valid reason. Before school or during break times, students must have their note sighted and signed by a Director and then go to the Absence Room to have a Leave Pass issued.


I would ask parents to please refrain from collecting students during school hours unless absolutely necessary. If you must collect your child during school hours please advise the office beforehand to ensure we locate your child in plenty of time.  Students will not be released from the school site to go to an ATM or to go and buy lunch.


Please be detailed in absence notes as ‘Family Reasons’ will not be accepted as a reason for absences.




Students who become ill during the school day must initially report to the Student Services Counter after obtaining a note from the current subject teacher. From there, students will either return to class or a parent, guardian or caregiver or listed emergency contact person will be notified.


Your child should be collected as soon as possible after you have been contacted. We cannot provide long term care for students.


Under no circumstances is a student to contact home and arrange to be collected without the prior permission of the Office staff.​