Erskine Park High School

Pride in Achievement

Telephone02 9834 3536

Emailerskinepk-h.admin@det.nsw.edu.au

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.

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.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

At Erskine Park High School, we recognise the direct relationship between attendance and student achievement. Attendance is recorded and monitored through the electronic system "Attendance". Regular attendance is promoted and valued by parents and staff via regular communication, monitoring and recognition of student efforts.

Parents and guardians are able to access information about their child's attendance using the parent portal, which is updated daily.

Go to the parent portal registration page to register.

Once your registration has been confirmed, go to the parent portal to log in.

Notes for absences

Students who have been absent from school are expected to bring a letter of explanation from parents or caregivers to explain their absence on their return to school. If no note is received within five days of the students return to school, a blue letter, (a three day note) requesting an explanation is posted to the parents/caregivers. This letter needs to be signed by the parents and returned to the school. It is a legal requirement that all student absences are explained. The mailing of these letters is done retrospectively, allowing for a period time where parents can send in an explanation note, and this may mean that parents are informed of the absence at a later date.

Download the absence note (PDF 95KB). This can be completed and handed in to the school.

Other proformas are available, in the form of an orange note, and students can get these from their roll call teacher or the front office.

When a note is received, the explanation is entered into the attendance system, using the codes "S" (sick), "L" (leave) and "E" (exclusion). The administration staff enter absences on to the computer system every day. This is used by executive staff and the Home School Liason Officer (HSLO) to monitor student attendance through print outs of records.

Extended leave

If a parent wishes to apply for extensive leave for their child, they need to apply to the principal and supply details about the leave, including dates, reasons, visas, etc.

School frameworks (school policies)

The following frameworks apply to students at our school.

Enrolment

Erskine Park High School is renowned for providing outstanding educational opportunities where all students take pride in their achievements. The school’s enrolment policy (PDF 100KB) has been developed to meet the needs of the local community.

Gifted and talented

As a comprehensive high school, Erskine Park High School is dedicated to delivering the highest quality educational and enrichment opportunities to our students. Erskine Park High School accepts that gifted and talented students by definition represent 10% of the student cohort, and that these students require specific strategies and learning patterns to meet their learning needs. The gifted and talented policy (PDF 334KB) and the committee that oversees it will serve to embed this ethos into the practices of the school community. 

Mobile phones

Learning at Erskine Park High School is our priority. Use of mobile phones during the day causes disruption to the smooth operation of the school and its primary function; it is intrusive and unsettling to the learning environment. Of equal concern is the fact that mobile phones have been targeted by thieves, with phones stolen from school bags or pockets. View the mobile phone policy (PDF 325KB) for more information.

Uniform policy

It is the expectation of our school community that all students attending Erskine Park High School will be dressed in the school uniform. View the uniform policy (128KB) for more information.

Bring your own device

Erskine Park High School values the importance of technology and the need to harness a learning tool relevant to students in the 21st century. By facilitating bring your own device (BYOD), Erskine Park High School empowers students to tailor their choice of technology and gives them the direct involvement in the way they use technology to meet their educational needs. View the BYOD policy (PDF 498KB). for more information.

Locker policy

The locker policy covers the use of lockers and student responsibilities when using them. View the locker policy (PDF 45KB) for more information.

Information technology acceptable usage policy

Erskine Park High School allows students to use computers in a variety of ways, including accessing the internet. Students may use the network for supervised email exchange for educational purposes and storage, display and exchange of educational information. View the information technology acceptable useage policy (PDF 112KB) for more information.

School attendance policy

Regular attendance at school is essential to assist students to maximise their potential. Schools, in partnership with parents, are responsible for promoting the regular attendance of students. At Erskine Park High School we recognise the direct relationship between attendance and student achievement. View the student attendance policy (PDF 51KB) for more information.

Senior student attendance policy

As a senior student of Erskine Park High School you have some extra rights and responsibilities. Students must attend school until they are 17 years of age—or in full time work or other study. Good attendance will result in successful learning and achievement. Your enrolment as a senior student is conditional on you knowing and understanding your responsibilities. View the senior attendance policy (PDF 35KB) for more information.

Anti-bullying policy

Erskine Park High School is committed to being a happy and safe school with harmonious relationships between all members of the school community to promote student and staff wellbeing. All members of the school community are expected to show respect and tolerance for individual differences and diversity and behave as responsible bystanders and digital citizens, supporting the school’s anti-bullying plan through words and actions. View the anti-bullying policy (PDF 340KB) for more information.

Student wellbeing policy

Erskine Park High School is committed to creating quality learning opportunities for children and young people. In doing so, it is essential to understand the strong links between student wellbeing and learning. The student wellbeing policy (PDF 1900KB) is to outline the programs, systems and procedures to support the wellbeing of all students at Erskine Park High School.