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Attendance & Absences

Please advise any absences, including the reason for the absence, to the College by 10:00am via the below communication channels. If no advice is received by that time, parents will be contacted by text message or phone to confirm their child's absence.  

St John's Newtown

  • Via your PAM account or the SIMON Everywhere App
  • Phone: 5221 5221

Armstrong Creek

  • Via your PAM account or the SIMON Everywhere App
  • Phone: 5264 1038 – Dial 1 for Student Services 

Students should not arrive at school before 8:30 am or remain on-campus after 3:30 pm unless they are in a supervised activity. Students arriving after the school day has commenced, or leaving during the school day, need to be signed in or out at Reception at St John's campus (SJ) and Student Services at Armstrong Creek campus (AC). Please do not take your child directly to their class or collect them directly from their class.

If a student must leave the school grounds during school hours, the student must be collected from the Reception (SJ), Student Services (AC), not collected from the classroom. If and when the student returns (on that same day), he/she must report and be signed in at Reception (SJ), Student Services (AC) before returning to class.

Year 10, 11 and 12 students should submit an application for their absences to be 'approved'. Please use the  Senior School Policies and Procedures booklet to ensure your reason complies.

Please note that whenever possible, medical/dental appointments should be arranged for outside of class times to avoid interruption of student learning and are best made in advance so that your child is aware. On occasions when this is not possible, please advise your child's teacher via their school diary.

Leave needs to be sought from the Principal where there are planned absences, such as family holidays etc. Please be aware that there are restrictions on term time holidays in the Senior School as outlined in the Senior School Policies and Procedures booklet.

Messages from parents to their Primary School students are only able to be received by Reception at both campuses until 2pm each day, upon which a note will be placed in the class tub for distribution at the end of the day. Messages from parents to their Secondary School students are dealt with in the same manner but we are NOT able to guarantee your child will receive the message because students divide into different elective groupings.

Although Secondary Students are NOT permitted to access their mobile phone during the day, text messages from parents are able to be accessed after the final bell, at the end of the school day. 

Students are only permitted to make phone calls from the College Office in the case of an emergency.