Phone: (02) 9622 2463

Attendance & Absences

DTHS has a student absence SMS message service.  You will receive a text message if your child is away from school and we have not been notified.  If you receive a text you can send a return message explaining your childs absence or you can call the school.

 Please remember to keep your contact details up to date as we are not notified by this message service if the SMS is unsuccessful.

 Missing school means your child misses out on vital information and maintaining learning routines. This can result in a loss of confidence and missing out on forming vital friendships.

Attendance is recorded each day. As a parent or caregiver you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day, including sports days unless your child:

  • has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment (preferably these should be made after school or during holidays)
  • is required to attend a recognised religious holiday
  • is required to attend an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as attending a funeral)
  • is sick, or has an infectious illness.

Students need to attend school regularly to meet the course requirements of the School Certificate and Higher School Certificate.

If you are having difficulty getting your child to attend school regularly, you might like to talk to the school principal or the school counsellor.

If your child has to be absent from school for any reason, including arriving late or leaving early, please either tell your child’s teacher or the administration assistant at our school, or explain the reason by phone, email, or written note as soon as possible, or within seven days.

Student Attendance in Government Schools

Doonside Technology High School would like to reiterate the importance of regular attendance at school and its importance in supporting your child to reach their potential.

The Education Act 1990 requires your child to attend school each day that instruction is provided unless prevented from doing so by sickness or another good reason.

The Act requires you to explain your child’s absences within seven days of their occurrence. Failure to do so will result in an unjustified absence being recorded.

As per the Student Attendance in Government Schools – Procedures if an explanation is not provided within seven days of your child’s ansence, their absence cannot be modified from an unjutified absence to an explained absence.

If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact the school on 9622 2463.