School Hours and Attendance

School Hours

8.17am   First Siren

8.20am   School commences

10.20am – 10.50am Morning Recess

12.50pm – 1.00pm   Lunch eaten under supervision

1.00pm – 1.20pm   Lunchtime recreation

2.30pm   Conclusion of school


Student Attendance

All public schools are required to abide by the legislative requirements outlined in The School Education Act 1999 (the Act) and The School Education Regulations 2000 (the Regulations). The Department of Education also has a Student Attendance policy and an Enrolment policy which outline mandatory steps for schools.

The School Education Act 1999 (the Act) requires a student of compulsory school age to be enrolled in and to regularly attend a registered school or an approved educational programme (The Act Part 1, s.9 and s.23).

Compulsory School Age is defined as from the beginning of the year in which the child reaches the age of 6 years and 6 months, and until the end of the year in which the child reaches 17 years, or the child satisfies the minimum requirements for graduation from the secondary school as established under the Curriculum Council Act 1997, whichever happens first (The Act Part 1, s.6).

 Under this legislation, parents or carers must:

  • Ensure that a child in their care who is of compulsory school age regularly attends an authorised school or educational programme (The Act.s.23) or complies with an arrangement ‘alternative to attendance’ (The Act s.24).
  • Notify the Principal as to the cause of the absence as soon as is practicable and within three school days of the day on which the non-attendance commenced (The Act s. 25).

The Act also states that:

  • A student may be absent for reasonable cause – such as health, recognised religious/cultural ceremonies and any other reason considered acceptable by the Principal.
  • The principal may request notification in writing explaining a student’s absence e.g. letter, medical certificate, application to home educate child.