Student Leave Forms
From January 2012, new regulations were introduced regarding the processes by which NSW schools record and manage student attendance. There are two different leave applications which the NSW Minister for Education has delegated the power to grant or cancel to non-government school principals, within strict guidelines.
Application for Term Time Holiday Leave is for any anticipated absence (1 or more days). This covers family holidays that are taken during school term time and family events such as reunions and weddings, as well as special events not related to the school and religious festivals. Term Time Holiday Leave applications require at least two weeks prior notice. If there is not enough time for the application to be processed, the Certificate of Leave will be unable to be granted. Applications should be delivered to the Junior School or Senior School Office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (Unexpected events such as a family funeral, do not require a leave application – just an email or note from a parent upon the return to school of your child.)
Application for Exemption from Attendance at School is for those students who are needing leave for exceptional circumstances (1 or more days) – for example: employment in the entertainment or arts industry or elite level sporting events. It allows principals to provide an Exemption Certificate for students to be exempt from attending school for up to 50 days in a year. Principals are required to strictly adhere to the processes and conditions outlined in the Exemption Guidelines in order to legally apply the exemption. Certificates of Exemption cannot be issued retrospectively. Two weeks notice is required. If there is not enough time for the application to be processed, the Certificate of Exemption will be unable to be granted. Applications should be delivered to the Junior School or Senior School Office or emailed to email@example.com
Please note that, as students move towards the senior years of schooling, they are expected to take increasing responsibility for work that will be missed through anticipated absences. The School will be reluctant to grant exemptions from attendance at school for senior students where such exemptions conflict with the published assessment schedule that can be found elsewhere on this website.
The forms for the Application for Exemption or Term-Time Holiday leave can downloaded from the links provided below. They are also available on the Portal.