Brief Notices

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Subject Selections for 2012 Process

Click here to view information to families with students currently in 8.10 Home Group, Yr 9, Yr 10, or Yr 11 about the 2012 Subject Selection Process

Yr 12 Formal 2011

Click here to view letter to Year 12 families about the Year 12 Formal scheduled for Friday 8 July. It includes the consent form for families to complete and return by Friday 24 June.

Yr 8 One-2-One Learning Laptop Program

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Yr 9 One-2-One Learning Laptop Program

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Mon 25 Jul
Semester 2 Term 3 starts

Mon 25 - 29 Jul
Roxby Downs IGNITE Trip

Mon 25 - 29 Jul
Yr 12 Semester 1 Exams

Fri 29 Jul
Reports Term 2 Issued

30 Jul - 5 Aug
Yr 11 Ski Trip

Thu 4 Aug
Australian Mathematics Competition

8 - 19 Aug
Koishikawa SES Study Tour/IB

Tue 9 Aug
Yr 9 Parent Info Night - SACE/IB

Wed 10 Aug
MASA Quiz Night

Thu 11 Aug
Yr 9 Parent Info Night - SACE/IB (repeat of Tue 9 Aug)

15 - 18 Aug
Science Olympiads Qualifying Exams

Thu 18 Aug
Yr 11 Parent Info Night - SACE/IB

22 - 26 Aug
Yr 10 Ski Trip

Fri 26 Aug
Newsletter Issue 5

Tue 30 Aug
Yr 11 Subject Selections Confirmation Meetings

Wed 31 Aug
Yr 9 Subject Selections Confirmation Meetings

Thu 1 Sep
Yr 10 PLP Pathway Planning Day/Subject Selections Confirmation Meetings


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Glenunga International High School Policies

Attendance Policy

Students are required to attend school on every day that it is open except in certain cases. The school must account for every absence of every student and record the reason in the roll book. Unexplained student absence adversely affects our teacher allocation. All students who are absent from school must provide a letter/diary note from their parent or caregiver explaining the reason for the absence.

Students over the age of 15 need to account for their absences in a manner acceptable to the home group teacher. Certificate of illness may be required. In the case of unexplained absence of more than ten days (cumulative) the student will be sent a letter from the school indicating an intention to terminate enrolment.

The information which follows is designed to clarify aspects of attendance including:

  • Acceptable and unacceptable reasons for absence.
  • Responsibilities as a caregiver.
  • School procedures for following up absences.
  • School procedures for following up lateness.

 Acceptable And Unacceptable Reasons For Student Absences  

Acceptable reasons for student absences are:
  • Sickness
  • Danger of being affected by an infectious or contagious disease.
  • Temporary or permanent infirmity.
  • Unavoidable and sufficient cause, e.g.
    - bereavement within the family or of a close friend; or
    - family trauma.
  • Attending a school organised activity, e.g. excursion, camp, work experience,
  • Sporting / cultural event.

Examples of unacceptable reasons for absence are:
  • Truancy.
  • Shopping expeditions with or without caregiver.
  • Haircuts.
  • Helping at home or at parent / caregivers place of work.
  • Part-time or casual work (including travel to and from such work).
  • Appointments which could be made out of school hours (including driving lessons / tests.
  • Excessive time for appointments which are avoidable.

 Parent / Caregivers Responsibilities Regarding Student Absences  

As a caregiver it is your responsibility to ensure that your children (of any age) attend school every day unless there are acceptable reasons for absence. For students under the age of compulsion (under 15) this is a legal requirement. For students over the age of compulsion (over 15) this is a legal requirement for Youth Allowance, Abstudy, SSABSA, GIHS assessment needs.

Short term absences - 1 or 2 days
Caregivers are asked to provide a written diary note, detailing the reason for absence. on the day of return to school.

Long term absences - 3 or more days
Parent/caregivers are asked to contact the home group teacher before the absence, if possible, or on the third day at the latest to explain the absence. In addition, a written diary note, stating the reason for the absence needs to be provided on the day of return to school. If the reason is sickness, caregivers are expected to provide a Doctor's Certificate (for 3 days or more).

Very long term absences
Occasionally requests are made by parent/caregivers for students to be absent for very long periods, e.g. to accompany parent/caregivers on an overseas trip. Parent/caregivers are asked to discuss with the Year Level Co-ordinator / Deputy Principal, the implications of long term absences from the school, before firm plans are made. Approval needs to be sought from the Principal. When students are unavoidably absent for a long period of time, where possible the school will provide details of work for students to go on with, if requested to do so.

Please note that neither the school nor caregivers have authority to vary the attendance requirements.

School Procedures For Following Up Unacceptable Student Absences

Where an absence is proposed, or has occurred, and the reason is not acceptable, these fall into two categories:

Common Practice (e.g. accompanying parent/caregivers on holidays, participation in recognised, non-school organised sporting and cultural activities, etc.). In every case a standard school letter will be mailed home by the home group teacher. The letter does not approve or disapprove of the absence. It places the responsibility for students lack of progress on caregivers.

Unacceptable Practice. In every case, the incident will be referred to the Year Level Manager or Middle School AP, Senior School AP, who will administer the school and/or Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) attendance procedures. These will involve a combination of:
  • Students under 15 - Parent/Caregiver contact and conference as deemed necessary, 'report of unsatisfactory school attendance' sent to DETE Attendance Officer. A Level One lesson check card and appropriate detentions will be issued to individual students.
  • Students over 15 - Parent/Caregiver contact and conference as deemed necessary, issue of letter re possible enrolment termination as per DETE Policy "Suspension, Exclusion & Expulsion", Level One lesson check card, detentions, will be issued to individual students.

Students Who Are Late To School

  1. Students who are late to school or to the first scheduled lesson, are required to report directly to the Focus Room on arrival.
  2. The diary will be stamped on the appropriate day (indicating arrival times) and the student's name will be entered on a list.
  3. One warning will be given for the term. On the second and subsequent occasions that a student is late without a satisfactory written reason, a detention will be given.
  4. Persistently late students will be referred to the Year Level Manager, or have such other consequences applied as are deemed appropriate by the Principal/D.P./A.P.
  5. Teachers give detention to students, who are late to home group or to lesson and have not an appropriate reason indicated in the diary.

Examples of acceptable reasons for lateness are:
  • Accident on way to school.
  • Transport breakdown on way to school.
  • TransAdelaide bus late.
  • Other unavoidable and sufficient reasons.
Parents/Caregivers are asked to provide a written note in the diary. If no note is written on the day of lateness, then a diary note must be shown to the Home Group teacher on the next day.

Examples of unacceptable reasons for lateness are:
  • Truancy.
  • Sleeping in.
  • Just late (no reason given).
  • Hair cut.
  • Shopping.
  • Appointments which could have been made out of school hours (including driving lesson/test).
  • Other avoidable and insufficient reasons.

School Action For Unacceptable Reasons

  • Detention for second and third offences (administered by focus room staff).
  • Referral to Assistant Principal/Deputy Principal/Principal for third and subsequent offence for more serious consequences.

NOTE: Lateness on compassionate grounds, e.g. family trauma, will be followed up by Year Level Managers for the sake of the welfare of students. In these cases detention will not be given.


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