Gilgandra High School

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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.

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.

Behaviour in exams

  1. Make sure you have all the gear you will need. This includes – pens (including a spare), pencil, ruler, eraser, calculator, geometric equipment if needed.  This may also include paper if required. You will not be allowed to borrow. Do not take your study notes etc in with you.
  2. Go into the room quietly, sit down at your desk and organise yourself.
  3. Once you have entered the room exam conditions apply. Be silent – Do not tap rulers, click teeth etc, this can be distracting to others. Do not talk or otherwise communicate with other students (no signals, gestures etc.) Face the front. Do not turn around in your seat or "check out" other students. If you finish early these conditions still apply. Have a book to read or some scrap paper to do something quietly, draw, think about your next exam etc.
  4. Listen to any instructions given by the supervising teacher(s).
  5. Check you have the right exam paper,  and if asked, check through the paper.
  6. If you have a question, raise your hand and wait for the teacher to come to you. Speak to supervisor quietly.
  7. Make sure you have been to the toilet before the exam. You will not be allowed to go to the toilet during the exam.
  8. If your exam finishes earlier than others, leave only after instruction from the supervisor(s), and do so quietly without disturbing  other students.
  9. At the end of the exam follow the instructions of the supervising teacher(s) and remain silent and seated until all exams have been collected.  Leave quietly when told to do so.
  10. For internal school exams you may be allowed to leave your bags at the back of the hall.  For external exams they will not be allowed in the hall.