Coledale Public School

Quality Teaching & Learning in a Caring Environment

Telephone02 4267 1885


Attending school is compulsory and parents are responsible to ensure their child/children attend each day that instruction is provided. If your child is absent for any reason the school should be informed. Parents may do this by ringing or emailing our school office. A letter outlining the reason of absence must  be  forwarded to the school within seven days of the absence.

Take a look at the following Fact Sheets for more information.

Fact Sheet Attendance (pdf 420 KB)

Fact Sheet Absent Notes (pdf 77 KB)



In NSW students must attend school regularly. This means all children between the ages of 6 and 17 are legally required to attend school. Attendance is recorded daily and a ‘roll call' is usually conducted before the first lesson of the day begins.

For the benefit of all children, parents or carers should ensure their child attends school regularly. Any absence from school should be explained within seven days of absence. Similarly, schools are required to inform parents promptly of any unexplained absences or suspected truancy.

If children miss out on school they miss out on vital information,  their learning routine is broken, they can lose confidence and  they miss out on building up friendships.  All students are legally required to attend school every day, including sports days unless:

Your child has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment (preferably these should be made after school or during holidays).

Your child is required to attend a recognised religious holiday.

Your child is required to attend an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as attending a funeral).

Your child is sick, or has an infectious disease.

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

If you can only arrange your family holiday during school time, you should inform the school principal in advance and request leave for periods of more than one week. You can ask the school to provide work that can be completed while your child is absent. You will find the Exemption form on our website under notes. Late arrival and early departure must been completed through the school office. Parents are requested to attend the office with their child or visit the office before collecting their child.