All students are required to wear the school uniform that can be purchased from the P&C Uniform Shop. The uniform consists of a polo shirt or dress shirt, bottoms and the school jacket when needed in winter. Students must also wear enclosed shoes. Students are not to wear their own clothing to school unless prior permission has been granted by the principal.
As a parent, you are required by the School Education Act 1999 to ensure your child attends school every day that the school is open for instruction (Section 23).
Principals are responsible for monitoring and accurately recording the attendance of every student enrolled at their school in accordance with Section 28 of the School Education Act 1999.
If a student is absent, a responsible person, usually the parent, must notify the principal of the reason for the student’s absence as soon as practical. If a student is prevented from attending school due to illness, the principal is authorised by the School Education Act 1999 to request a medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner.
Lesson attendance codes are used by all Western Australian public schools to record the reason for every half-day absence. The use of these codes is determined by the principal. Accurate record-keeping ensures principals can identify patterns of absence at both a school and individual student level and implement appropriate measures to restore attendance where there is cause for concern.
Absences are grouped as either ‘authorised’ or ‘unauthorised’ according to whether they meet the requirements of excusing a student from attendance pursuant to Section 25 of the School Education Act 1999. The total half-day absences are displayed on your child’s school report each semester.
The full Department of Education Attendance Policy can be found here.
Notification of Absence
If your child has been marked absent in class, you should receive a SMS message stating the absence. We kindly ask if you could please respond to the SMS with the reason of absence as soon as practical, or call the school on 9172 8000 to advise of absence.
If your child is unwell, please notify the school as early as possible either by calling on 9172 8000 or email Hedland.SHS@education.wa.edu.au
For future absences such as vacations during the school term, you will need to fill out a Student Absence Request form.
Once the form has been filled out, please return to the school via email, post or in person.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy
The integration of ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) and supporting information technology equipment into the classroom represents an exciting era at Hedland Senior High School.
Please see the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy which details the policy, guidelines and support strategies developed to ensure that students are able to make effective use of their BYOD and avoid any problems.
Talking to the School
As a parent or carer you play a vital role in your child’s learning. Building a positive relationship between home and school plays an important part in the education of your child. Hedland SHS is committed to responding promptly and helpfully to your enquiries, concerns, suggestions and compliments.
Please see the Department of Education WA Talking with my School document on the process to follow when contacting the school with an enquiry or concern.
Physical contact with Students
Please see the Physical contact with Students document for information on the Department of Education WA policy that all Hedland SHS staff adhere to.