Paddington Public School

All students can be successful learners.

Telephone02 9361 6730

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:


Should your child become sick and be unable to attend school, you can email the school to inform us of the absence. Alternatively on his/her return, you can write a brief note to the class teacher, explaining the nature of the illness and the date away. You do not need to phone the school, unless the illness is an infectious disease or particularly serious and the absence is expected to extend more than three days. There is a sick bay at school. If a child is deemed too sick to stay at school parents will be contacted.

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.


Any child with serious allergies will have a health management plan developed and medications will be available as required. All staff have anaphalaxis training and are trained in the use of epipens.

Mobile Phones

Students who bring mobile phones are to switch them off, put them in their school bags and leave them switched of until the end of the school day. Other electronic devices such as iPods, are not to be brought to school. The school takes no responsibilty for stolen, lost or damaged phones or devices.


Please ensure all jumpers, hats, lunch and drink bottles are labelled. We will return lost properly if it has a name on it. Check the labels regularly. Iron on labels are great!


Class teachers in Year 1- 6 set homework on a regular basis. Kindergarten and Year 1 students are expected to take home readers and practice reading at home every school day.  It is intended that completing set tasks at home will help develop better study habit skills. Homework may vary in nature but an expectation that children read at home exists across all grades. The expected homework time is 20 minutes for Year 2, 30 minutes for Year 3, 40 minutes for Year 4, 50 minutes for Year 5 and I hour for Year 6 students - 4 times a week. See your child’s teacher if there are any problems with the set homework.