Smithfield Public School

Quality teaching, excellent facilities and enriching programs.

Telephone02 9604 5475

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 and remain in school, employment or training until they turn 17.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

School frameworks (school rules)

As well as following the department’s operational policies, we have developed frameworks for our students in line with our school’s values and commitments.

All children will need to have the following items for school:

  • School Bag - A large bag, clearly marked with the child's name and class on the outside.Raincoat This should be kept in the child's bag at all times. 
  • Library Bag - A large fabric bag with a draw-string will be required once borrowing begins.  (Bags available from the canteen).
  • Paint Shirt - A long sleeved shirt of Dad's is ideal as it is easily pulled over the child's school uniform.  Elastic at the wrists protects jumpers.

All belongings must be labelled clearly with your child's name and class. It is also important to check regularly that names have not faded or washed  off.

  • Valuables - Children should not bring valuable toys, mp3 players or mobile phones.
  • Jewellery - Except for small stud earrings or a watch, jewellery should not be worn.
  • Make-up - Make-up and bright nail polish are not appropriate for school.
  • Class requirements - A sheet listing essential classroom equipment needed by each child will be distributed to children at the beginning of each year.

All children are responsible for having their 'tools of trade' ready and available each day.