NSW School of Languages

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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.

Attendance and absences at our school

Attendance, in the Distance Education context of the NSW School of Languages, refers to:

  • Lesson Day attendance
  • Telephone lesson attendance (incl. video conferencing and web conferencing applications)
  • Online and Written Work Submission

Lesson Days 

Lesson Days allow students to develop and extend their language skills. They provide an opportunity for students to form friendships and get to know fellow students studying languages via Distance Education. 

Attendance at lessons days are not mandatory at NSW School of Languages. However, if a student is absent having previously informed us of their intention to attend, then please contact your child's teacher or the administration assistant at our school as soon as possible to explain the reason for the absence by phone or email.

Telephone lessons

Telephone lessons are an integral part of our language courses. Weekly or fortnightly telephone contact with the teacher, including video conferencing and web conferencing applications such as Adobe Connect or Skype, are vital for student progress and the mastery of the language studied. 

If your child misses a telephone lesson, then an email explaining the reason for the absence needs to be sent to your child's teacher as soon as possible.

Online and Written Work Submission

Student submission of online and written work is also considered a form of attendance at NSW School of Languages. Lack of engagement and completion of the set online and written weekly work impedes learning and hinders progress. Students who do not attend to online and written work for more than 2 weeks will be sent a letter of concern by their teacher. Students will need to sign the letter of concern and provide an adequate explanation for their absence and lack of work submission.

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.