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Kandos High School

Kandos High School

Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat: May he who bears the palm deserve it

Telephone02 6379 4103


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.

Our school uses the department's School Community Charter to ensure all of our communication is collaborative and respectful.

Attendance and absences

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

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:

Mobile Phone and Smart Devices Policy and Procedure

These procedures promote the learning, safety and wellbeing of students and the management of any risk of harm and distraction from the use of digital technology accessed via a mobile phone, smart watch, or other personal electronic device. Kandos High School has made the decision to go mobile phone free for students at the commencement of Term 4, 2023.

Our school has officially launched an "Off and Away" mobile phone policy. The policy extends beyond the classroom to include all areas of the school, encompassing all transition time between classes, in toilets, during Lunch 1 and Lunch 2, during extracurricular activities such as school excursions and camps. The "Off and Away - Gate to Gate" policy means that student mobile phones are not to be seen or used while on school grounds. If students breach the policy, consequences will apply, including confiscation of their device and parent/carer contact.

For more information please refer to our Mobile Phone and Smart Device Policy and Procedure (PDF 821KB)