Dulwich Hill 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:

Missing school means your child misses out on vital information and maintaining learning routines. This can result in a loss of confidence and missing out on forming friendships.

Attendance is recorded each day. As a parent or carer you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day, unless your child:

  • has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment (preferably these should be made after school or during holidays)
  • is required to attend a recognised religious holiday
  • is required to attend an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as attending a funeral)
  • is sick, or has an infectious illness.

If you are having difficulty getting your child to attend school regularly, you can talk to the principal or the school counsellor.

If your child has to be absent from school, an explanation for the absence must be provided to the school, in writing, within seven days of the first day of any period of absence. This can be done via a note to your class teacher, an email to the school dulwichhil-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au or via the Audiri App - forms. A phone call is also appreciated if your child is absent for two or more consecutive days.

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.

NSW Education Policies

NSW Education policies for the topics listed can be found in the policy library.

Access and equity

  • Aboriginal education 
  • Disabilities 
  • Gifted and talented 
  • Learning difficulties 
  • Multicultural 
  • Out of home care 
  • Racism

Computers and internet

  • Podcasting

Curriculum and school work

  • Assessment and school reports 
  • Curriculum requirements 
  • Driver education and road safety 
  • Environmental education 
  • Homework 
  • Literacy and numeracy 
  • Religion 
  • Technology 
  • Values 

Facilities and assets

  • Community/out-of-hours use 
  • Demountables 
  • Libraries 
  • New buildings and sites

Performance appraisal

  • Performance and assessment of teachers


  • Complaints and conduct 
  • Pay 
  • Professional development 
  • Requirements and qualifications

School activities

  • Community activities 
  • Excursions 
  • Screening dvds and videos 
  • Sport

School administration and management

  • Animal welfare 
  • Controversial issues 
  • Financial management 
  • Information, devices and data 
  • Management of schools 
  • Reporting 
  • Sponsorship

Student administration

  • Assistance for students 
  • Attendance 
  • Counselling 
  • Discipline and behaviour 
  • Enrolment 
  • Parent guides 
  • Student records 
  • Transport 
  • Uniforms


  • Accidents 
  • Behaviour and discipline 
  • Child protection 
  • Drugs 
  • Health 
  • Safety 
  • Supervision