Alma Public School

Honesty, Courtesy, Activity

Telephone08 8088 2181

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.

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Attendance is compulsory for all school age students up until they reach 17 years of age. Student absences, including late arrivals and early departures, are recorded daily and are monitored regularly by the Home School Liaison Officer. It is therefore extremely important that the correct procedure is followed at all times.

Late arrivals

School commences at 9.00am each day. It is important that you ensure your child arrives at school before 9.00am. Students arriving late MUST sign in at the Administration Office. A late arrival slip will then be issued which must be taken to the child's teacher.

Early departure

Parent/Caregivers that need to collect children from school during school hours for appointments etc must come to the Administration Office and sign the student out. An early departure slip will then be issued which must be taken to the child's teacher to authorise departure. This also applies to students who need to go home due to illness.


If your child is going to be absent from school, please contact the school on 8088 2181. A note explaining the reason for absence must be sent to school on or before your child's return to school.

Please note: A doctor's certificate must be supplied for students who are absent for 3 or more 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.

Values are taught in the classroom to help our students to:

  • develop a love of learning
  • pursue excellence and high standards
  • develop care and respect for themselves and others
  • take pride in their work
  • exhibit a strong sense of fairness and social justice
  • have respect for and understanding of Australia's history including the cultures and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first peoples of Australia, and Australia as a multicultural society
  • have an appreciation of Australia's history and multicultural society
  • actively participate as citizens.

All students are expected to:

  • attend school every day, unless they are legally excused
  • be in class on time and prepared to learn
  • maintain a neat appearance and follow the school uniform policy
  • behave safely, considerately and responsibly including when travelling to and from school
  • follow class rules, speak courteously and cooperate with instructions and learning activities
  • treat staff, other students and members of the school community with dignity and respect
  • care for property belonging to themselves, the school and others.

Any behaviour that infringes on other people's safety such as harassment, bullying or any illegal behaviour will not be tolerated at our school.

Download and view APS Behaviour Code For Students (PDF 50KB).