Newcastle East Public School

Australia's oldest school - since 1816

Telephone02 4929 2911

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 and remain in school, employment or training until they turn 17.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

School council

The NEPS School Council is a body that assists the school in developing, implementing and reviewing policy. It enables parents, community members and teachers to have a voice in the operation of the school. It also provides feedback and suggestions for the school's long term plans and is involved in review of future issues that affect the school.

The School Council is also responsible for implementing the annual parent survey conducted each year and presenting the results to the teachers and principal. The survey results play an important role in the school's planning process.

Parents who have concerns or suggestions about school policy, Department of Education policy or the operation of the school or wish to make suggestions or share ideas can contact the School Council.

The Council works closely with the P&C to identify areas of need at the school that the P&C might consider when organising their fund raising activities and allocating funds from these activities.

The School Council is made up of parent representatives, at least one community representative, two teacher representatives and the Principal. Parents and community members are always welcome to join the Council or attend a Council meeting. Council meetings are currently held on the third and eighth Monday of each term at 7:00pm. The council can be contacted by email. Please phone the school for details of the email address.

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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.

Welfare Policy (pdf 567 KB)