Hastings Secondary College

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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:

Explaining absenteeism - information for parents and carers 

If a student is absent, parents or carers may be notified by SMS. We must examine attendance and progress and determine whether the learning requirements have been met. We will notify parents in advance of our concerns.

You can explain your child’s absence by contacting us or writing a note for them to give to the school office. This note must give the reason for being absent. To help you, see the Completing Absentee Notes and Notices (PDF 110.76 KB).

Absent students should bring the note on their first day of return. This note should be given to the roll teacher and clearly show the roll class at the top. 

For other types of absenteeism:

  • Leaving school early. Before school, the student must give a parental consent note to the office to get a pass. This note should give the reason for leaving early.
  • Missing sport. Before school on Wednesday, the student must present a note to a PD/H/PE staff member to be signed and returned to the office for a pass.

Mobile Phone and Digital Device Policy

We support the restrictions of mobile phones under the NSW Department of Education: Students’ Use of Mobile Phones in Schools policy (PDF 286 KB).

Students must turn off their mobile phones and put their devices in a locked pouch for the full school day, including recess, lunch and sport. 

This is an approved NSW Department of Education option. In some specific learning environments, the use of mobile devices by students may be allowed under the BYOD policy.

You can find out more about how we enforce our policy on our campuses

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 implement teaching and learning approaches to support the development of skills needed by students to meet our high standards for respectful, safe and engaged behaviour. Our students are expected to follow a Code of Conduct, following a framework under Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL).

Read more on how we manage student behaviour.

AI policy

The general advice for the use of Generative Artificial Intelligence (GAI) in schools is constantly changing and being rewritten as new developments in GAI are reached. As of late 2023, The Department of Education (DoE) is yet to release its final guidelines for the use of AI in Assessment Tasks.

Read the General Guidelines for the Use of Generative AI in Assessment Tasks