The Waratah Centre

Dream, Believe & Achieve

Telephone02 9684 2680

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 other current operational policies throughout all NSW. You can also find some of their policies in the drop down menu on the left. 

Waratah school policies

The following frameworks apply specifically to students at The Waratah Centre.

Attendance and absences

The Waratah Centre incorporates the Department of Educations policy for attendance and absences.

Students must attend school regularly so they can achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options.

Along with the following requirements staff at the Waratah Centre ensure that all parents are notified, via text message, if their child has not arrived at school by 10am.

Parents and students are encouraged to contact the school prior the commencment of classes if thier child will not be attending that day. 

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:


Behaviour management policy

The following frameworks apply specifically to students at The Waratah Centre.

Bullying policy

The following frameworks apply specifically to students at The Waratah Centre.



Racism policy

The Waratah Centre Anti-Racism Contact Officer: Bradley Bevan 02 9684 2680

The Department of Education is committed to eliminating racism through educating students, teachers, parents and involving the whole school community.

Racism can take many forms, such as jokes or comments that cause offence or hurt, sometimes unintentionally; name-calling or verbal abuse; harassment or intimidation, or commentary in the media or online that inflames hostility towards certain groups.

The Anti-racism Policy applies to all department employees and students. Anti-racism education – advice for schools provides guidelines for the implementation of the policy – indicators of racism in schools, its effects and strategies for countering racism.


It can also occur at a systemic or institutional level through policies, conditions or practices that disadvantage certain groups.

It often manifests through unconscious bias or prejudice.

On a structural level, racism serves to perpetuate inequalities in access to power, resources and opportunities across racial and ethnic groups.

The belief that a particular race or ethnicity is inferior or superior to others is sometimes used to justify such inequalities.

— Australian Human Rights Commission, National Anti-Racism Strategy

July 2012, page 4



Lost or stolen property policy

The following frameworks apply specifically to students at The Waratah Centre.