Secondary College of Languages

Connection Diversity Excellence

Telephone02 7814 2115

Policies and procedures

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.

Young people below the age of 17 who have completed Year 10 must be:

  • in school, or registered for home schooling

  • in approved education or training, such as a traineeship, apprenticeship or TAFE

  • in full-time paid employment (average 25 hours a week)

  • in a combination of work, education and/or training (average of 25 hours a week combined).

Students 17 years and over who are enrolled in school must attend school regularly to meet HSC course requirements.

As a parent or carer, you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day when they are of compulsory school age. You must explain all absences to the school within 7 days.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

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.

Work Health and Safety

The NSW Department of Education believes that the provision of a safe working and learning environment for everyone at its workplaces is an integral and essential part of its responsibilities as a provider of public education and other community services.

The Work Health and Safety (WHS) Policy sets out work health and safety requirements and the Department's commitment to the health and safety of everyone in its workplaces.

The policy is available from the department's policy library.

In addition, the department is committed to meaningful consultation with employees, their representatives and others on work health and safety issues. This commitment is detailed in the WHS Policy. Effective consultation ensures that WHS management is of the highest standard. The Secondary College of Languages has developed its WHS Consultation Statement (PDF 97.8KB) and implementation plan (PDF 148KB) as a means of establishing effective mechanisms for consultation on health and safety matters with staff at our Campus sites as well as our host schools.

The department is also committed to a workplace that provides dignity and respect to all its employees. This is outlined in the Dignity and Respect in the Workplace Charter (PDF 801KB).

Developing a healthy work-life balance is essential for ongoing good health, happiness and wellbeing both in and out of work.

Students’ use of Mobile Phones

Starting in Term 4 2023, we will follow the NSW Department of Education policy regarding mobile phone usage. To create a better learning and well-being environment, we ask our students to turn off and store their mobile phones safely in their bags for the entire school day, including recess. This approach will help reduce distractions, ensuring our students can focus on learning and social growth in a safe and supportive setting.

Please take a moment to review the Off and Away Strategy (PDF 280KB).

Students will also receive a briefing about this policy in Week 1 of Term 4 2023 and they will be asked to complete and return the declaration form to their Campus.