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Student Absences

Daily Absences

It is a Ministry requirement to have a written or emailed explanation of a student’s absence in order for the correct attendance code to be assigned and to ensure good records are maintained. Parents/caregivers should contact the school in the morning if their daughter is absent, stating the reason for her absence:

  1. For domestic students, please email AND your daughter’s Form Teacher, remembering to give the reason for absence. OR Call the absence line on 489 4169 and press 1 to leave a message. A medical note is required for absences of 3 days or longer.
  2. For international students, please email Sami Moon at
  3. The school app also provides a direct link to the attendance office via phone or email. Install the app here.

Medical certificates are required for extended periods of absence, or if a student is unable to sit an NCEA internal Assessment or examination.


Please make specialist and any other essential appointments at times which allow students to attend school for the majority of the day. We appreciate that occasionally emergency appointments need to be made at the last minute; however, parents should be aware that it is not always possible to find students in class promptly. Please endeavour to give the school as much notice as possible.

Signing in or out of school

Students must follow the correct procedures for signing in and out of school when arriving late, or leaving during the day for a bona fide appointment. Health and Safety is paramount in on site emergencies and records allow us to keep track of students. Students must not text parents/caregivers to collect them from school without seeing a staff member and signing out.

Late slips

Whenever any student arrives late to school for any reason (including medical appointments), please email the attendance office or present a note or appointment card on arrival, to receive a yellow late slip.

Exeat slips

Students needing to leave school early to attend an appointment must present their note or appointment card at the attendance office before school, or at interval or lunchtime to receive a yellow exeat slip. Alternatively, parents can email the attendance office prior to the appointment. Students must sign out at reception when leaving the school grounds during normal school hours. Parents should also note that the school gates are shut for safety reasons between 3pm and 3.30pm.

Sick students

Students should not be sent to school when they are too unwell to function properly or are contagious.

Students who become sick, or injured, during school hours, must report to the Health Nurse. Only when a parent or caregiver has been contacted by the Nurse or administrative staff, will the student be released. Students are NOT to text parents/caregivers to collect them from school, without following the correct procedures.

Updated contact details are important

Please keep your contact details updated, so that we can contact you in an emergency.

Extended leave disadvantages students

Holidays and similar reasons are considered ‘unapproved leave’ and actively discouraged. Therefore, please avoid taking students for holidays or other non-approved reasons during term time. If the absence simply can’t be avoided, please submit a leave request (either a note or email) to the House Dean at least one week in advance to obtain an official Leave form.

Open Evening

Open Evening for students wanting to enrol at Westlake Girls for 2025

We will be holding an Open Evening for those considering enrolling at Westlake Girls in 2025 on Tuesday, 23 July. There will be a brief talk at 4 pm and repeated at 6 pm in our Event Centre. These talks will then be followed by guided tours of the school. All are welcome. No need to book; just come along.

Online enrolment opens 1 July.