Burwood Girls High School

Not for ourselves alone

Telephone02 9747 3355


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.

Young people below the age of 17 who have completed Year 10 must be:

  • in school, or registered for home schooling 

  • in approved education or training, such as a traineeship, apprenticeship or TAFE

  • in full-time paid employment (average 25 hours a week) 

  • in a combination of work, education and/or training (average of 25 hours a week combined).

Students 17 years and over who are enrolled in school must attend school regularly to meet HSC course requirements. 

As a parent or carer, you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day when they are of compulsory school age. You must explain all absences to the school within 7 days.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

Applying for extended leave

Students at our school who require a leave of absence of longer than one week should complete the 'Request for extended leave' form found on the Handbooks and Templates page. Return this form to the principal, with a letter attached from parents stating the reason and dates of absence, as soon as possible before going on leave. Please also attach a copy of flight ticket or travel itinerary.

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.

All Burwood GHS policies, including code of conduct, wellbeing, anti-bullying, BYOD and first aid are available in the Student Handbook available on the Handbooks page.

Bring your own device - BYOD

Students are required to bring their BYOD, eg laptop computer, to school every day.

Our school's BYOD site has everything you need to know about hardware and software requirements and using your device at school. Please refer to this site before purchasing a new device.

Mobile phones and other personal electronics

Mobile phones, cameras and other electronic devices such as iPods and MP3s should not be used, heard or seen in class. Mobile phones and other devices are carried by students at Burwood Girls High School. It is important that students develop good mobile phone etiquette so that when they join the workforce they have developed acceptable usage habits.

In order to minimise disruption to teaching and learning and confrontation between teachers and students over their use, the following will apply:

  • Mobile phones and iPods may be brought to school but they should be switched off and stored out of sight during school time, which includes any face to face instruction in class, assembly and afternoon detention. Phone calls and text messaging must not occur during class time.
  • Mobile phones, cameras and iPods should not be brought into any assessment or exam situation. They may be left in bags or surrendered to the teacher in charge.
  • The school takes no responsibility for the safety or loss of mobile phones and other electronic devices.
  • As the library is part of the school the same policy applies to mobile phones and iPods as if the student was in a classroom.
  • Students who are sick should not use mobile phones to contact parents about going home. Students must report to the front office where parents will be contacted by the school if students are too sick to remain at school.
  • If there is a family emergency we request that parents phone the school on 9747 3355 and the student will be contacted.
  • Students should NOT take photographs during lessons unless it is a designated part of the lesson.

Mobile Phone Exemption form (370KB)

Wellbeing policy

Please refer to Student health and safety.

Anti-bullying policy

Please refer to Supporting our students.