If your son is absent from school, please contact the Attendance Officer, on the first day of his absence and each day thereafter, if you are not sure how long your son is to be absent.
If a student is away, unwell for more than five days, a Medical Certificate is required. However if you suspect the illness to be infectious please contact the Attendance Officer, Leadership Team or your son’s Dean to discuss the matter.
Please choose from the contacts below:
Please use the Online Absence Form on the college website or app.
Telephone: 548 3099 Ext 2
Leave for non-School related Activities:
Request for leave that is non-school related, during the school year, must be addressed to the Headmaster, Mr Gary O’Shea at least two weeks prior to the start of leave. Please give the dates of absence from school and the purpose of the leave.
Since this absence from the school is not representing the school or an approved school curricula activity, under new Ministry attendance coding we are required to code this as an unjustified absence with a code ‘G’ (please note if you use the Parent Portal to view your son’s attendance).
If in writing, please address the letter to:
Mr Gary O’Shea
Private Bag 16
If emailing, please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Punctuality is important and the school day commences at 8.45am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and at 9.05am on Thursday.
If your son is late to school and it is explained due to a Doctor/Dental appointment or similar, a note or explanation call/email must be received. He will need to sign in at the attendance office on his arrival at school. If your son is just running late and arrives late to a timetabled period he needs to go straight to that class, and his teacher will deal with the lateness as appropriate.
Two unexplained lates in a week will result in your son receiving a lunchtime detention.
Students are required to stay within the school boundaries during school hours – unless explained i.e. students attending classes at Nelson Girls.
If your son needs to leave school during the day, a note, email or phone call that explains the circumstances and is signed by the parent/caregiver is required. This is taken to the Attendance Office and a Pink Slip given to the student as proof of permission granted. (Parents/Caregivers are sometimes called to confirm notes).
Students are not to leave school grounds without permission and a Pink Slip.
If a student is feeling unwell they must visit the Sanatorium where our School Nurse will access the situation. She will decide whether a student can continue at school and treat them accordingly. If she feels a student is too unwell to continue at school she will contact the parents/caregivers to pick the student up. If no one is available the student will be kept in the Sanatorium for the day. If the nurse is unavailable the student must visit the Main Reception and someone will contact the Parent/Caregiver to pick up the student, the main reception is always staffed. It is very important that we know at any given time who is on site in case of an emergency. It is also for the students’ own safety, to ensure they have adequate supervision during ill health.
Under no circumstances are students to leave school without doing either of the above.