Nowra High School

Wisdom Through Knowledge

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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.

Young people below the age of 17 who have completed Year 10 must be:

  • in school, or registered for home schooling 

  • in approved education or training, such as a traineeship, apprenticeship or TAFE

  • in full-time paid employment (average 25 hours a week) 

  • in a combination of work, education and/or training (average of 25 hours a week combined).

Students 17 years and over who are enrolled in school must attend school regularly to meet HSC course requirements. 

As a parent or carer, you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day when they are of compulsory school age. You must explain all absences to the school within 7 days.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:


Families should try to arrange holidays during school vacation periods.

If you can only arrange your family holiday during school time, you should inform the school in advance. If the absence will be more than 5 school days, you are required to complete the Application for Extended Leave form, including Appendix 2.  The student must see Head Teachers regarding any assessments or exams that may be missed. Forms are available to download from the school website or can be collected from the front office. Once travel has been approved by the Principal, a copy will be given to the student to take with them on their holiday.

Download the application for extended travel leave form

Leave for sickness or elite sport

This form needs to be filled in by the parent if this leave is 5 school days or more and returned to the school for approval. 

If you are sick a doctors certificate needs to be attached to the form.

Download the sick or elite sports leave form application for exemption from attendance at school (PDF 152KB)


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.