Shelley Public School

Education through industry

Telephone02 9622 8359

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:

Absentee notes

Regular attendance at school is important to ensure satisfactory progress is being made in all aspects of learning.

If your child is absent, an Absentee Note should be sent to the school upon their return explaining the reason for the absence.

If a child is required to be taken out of school during the day for an appointment or other reason, an Early Leaver Note should be completed by the parent or caregiver at the front office and handed to the child’s class teacher.

If an absence of 15 school days or more is intended, the Principal requires notification in writing as soon as parents have details so that an application for exemption may be sought from the Regional Education Director. Parents are required to complete an Attendance Exemption Application from the office. Such absences are not included in our Attendance Data as stated in our Annual School Report.

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.