Matthew Pearce Public School

Knowledge and Respect

Telephone02 9624 3311

Attendance and absences​

Parents are required to provide a written explanation of any child's absence to the school, immediately upon returning to school. Absences which are foreseen, should be noted beforehand. These letters of explanation are legal requirements. For extended holidays, an application form for a certificate of exemption from attendance at school must be completed and filed at school prior to the leave being under taken. These forms are available from the school office. This is a mandatory Department of Education requirement.

Attendance is recorded each day. As a parent or caregiver you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day. If you are having difficulty getting your child to attend school regularly, you might like to talk to the school principal or the school counsellor.

If you are taking your child out of school for any reason, you need to send a note to the class teacher, organise to meet your child at the front office and then sign them out at the office before you leave. 

In the case of an emergency, where you did not have prior warning of the need to take your child out of school, please go to the office. Your child will then be sent for, from class, to meet you. If you know that you will be picking your child up at recess or lunchtime, please contact the office before hand so we can arrange to have your child waiting for you at the office.

We encourage everyone to be punctual and arrive at school in time for the morning assembly. There will be times when you are unavoidably late. When this happens, students are asked to go to the school office (with a parent) and receive a late slip, which they then give to the class teacher.