Wentworth Falls Public School

Safe Respectful Learners

Telephone02 4757 1604


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.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

Wentworth Falls Public School attendance policy

School hours are from 8:40am to 2:25pm with supervision in the playground beginning at 8:10am.

All students are expected to attend school on time every day. Being at school on time everyday supports optimum learning.

Regular attendance is essential to ensure a consistent learning program and good progress. District Home School Liaison Officers (HSLO) monitor truancy, school attendance and lateness. The development of punctuality is an important life skill.

Help keep our records up-to-date:

  • When your child returns after an absence, please write a note that gives the reason and date of actual absence. Include your child's name and class on the note. You may also complete the online form on the school's Sentral app or send an email to the school.
  • There is no need to telephone the school for day to day absences. If your child is absent for more than three days you are required to contact the school as per the methods listed above.

Late arrivals and early leavers:

  • If your child is late to school this constitutes a partial absence and requires a late note from the office. If they have attended an appointment please notify when you come to the office to receive your late note.   
  • If your child needs to leave school early due to sickness or reasons such as a doctor's appointment, please collect an early leaver slip from the office, sign the student out in the student sign out book and then give the early leave note to your child's teacher. Leaving early constitutes a partial absence.

School policies

Our school rules

  • Be safe – Students have the right to feel safe, happy and self-empowered in their learning environment.
  • Be respectful – Our school should be a safe and happy place. Each student has the right to expect that they will be treated with respect and will treat others respectfully.
  • Be a learner – Teachers are able to teach and students are able to learn together.

Our approach to wellbeing

Students are encouraged to follow the school rules at all times, in the classroom and the playground. Teachers will ensure that consequences are fair and effective when dealing with students who break the rules. Families will be contacted should we have behavior concerns.


Time out slips – After one warning, a time out slip is given to a student who breaks a school rule. The reason for the time out slip is discussed with the student and recorded on the slip.

An instant time out is given if a student is fighting or violent towards others or engaging in aggressive behaviour.

Time out means the student is removed from the playground for playing time. The focus during time out will be on the student taking ownership of his/her behaviour and where possible, restitution. Families will be contacted for ongoing behavour concerns.


Department of Education procedures for the suspension and expulsion of the school students are applied where necessary.

Ongoing concerns about student behaviour are discussed by the student, class teacher, supervisor and parents. In these cases specific behaviour programs may be established or further disciplinary action taken.

Key policies at our school

The following policies are periodically under review and are updated as necessary. As future policies are written, they will also be posted to this site.

For more information, download the following documents.