Marsden Park Public School

Every child, every chance, every day

Telephone02 9627 1644

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:

All student absences from school MUST be reported in writing to the class teacher, stating the reason for the absence.  Students arriving late to school or leaving early MUST be signed in/out at the school office by the parent or carer.

Prolonged absences should be referred to the Principal, including overseas holidays as it is a requirement to report these long absences to District Office.

Teachers are to have marked the roll by 9.35am and rolls are to be send to the office.

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.

  • We believe that all students can learn.
  • We have high expectations of all learners.
  • We recognise that all students will have a range of learning styles and adapt our teaching practices to cater for these.
  • We will do our best to ensure that students feel safe, valued and happy.
  • As a learning community we will provide all in the community (students, staff, parents) with opportunities for learning experiences.
  • We will ensure that quality teaching and learning is fostered through the provision of appropriate resources and technology.
  • We will do our best to develop in our students a love of learning by experiencing success.
  • We will endeavour to teach so that the needs of the whole child are met: academic, cultural, physical, social, emotional and behavioural.
  • We will build positive relationships with our students based on mutual respect and trust.
  • By promoting education as a lifelong process we will encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • We will encourage our students to innovate and take risks in their learning and provide them with opportunities to feel useful.
  • By focusing on the positive our goal will be for all students to achieve success.

Sun safe policy - no hat, no play

Our sun safe policy embraces all kinds of skin care. Children are encouraged to wear their own sunscreen to school. We operate under a 'no hat, no play’ policy with the school hat being a requirement for playing in the sun. School hats are available from the P&C. Children, who are not wearing the correct head-wear, will be required to sit in the shaded area.