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:
- For domestic students, please email email@example.com 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. Messages must be followed up by either an email or a note within three days of the student returning to school.
- For international students, please email Lotta Strachan at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The school app also provides a direct link to the attendance office via phone or email.
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.
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.
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.
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.