Important information for Parents and Carers

Attendance Policy

The Education Directorate and the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies have strict attendance guidelines:

Students who are absent from school must have a 'reasonable excuse' for being absent. Reasonable excuses include:

  • IIlness, including recovery from major illness, injury or medical condition
  • Medical or dental treatment
  • Bereavement
  • Religious or cultural observation
  • Sanctioned extended absence in relation to children of traveling families
  • Attendance at court or other legal hearings or meetings associated with hearings
  • Participation in sanctioned debates, eisteddfods, sports, musical or theatrical
  • Productions not directly arranged by the school, or
  • Participation in interstate, national, or international sporting event or equivalent.

The following common reasons found on DC leave forms that are not considered valid include:

  • Driving lessons
  • Miscellaneous appointments
  • Part-time work
  • Missing the bus
  • Sleeping in
  • The student is away (we know that - we need to know why)

BSSS policy states that:

"It is expected that students will attend and participate in all scheduled classes/contact time/structured learning activities for the units in which they are enrolled, unless there is due cause and adequate documentary evidence is provided. Any student whose attendance falls below 90% of the scheduled classes/contact time or 90% participation in structured learning activities in a unit, without having due cause with adequate documentary evidence will be deemed to have voided the unit. However, the principal has the right to exercise discretion in special circumstances if satisfactory documentation is supplied."
(ACTBSSS Policy and Procedures Manual 2014, p.31, Section 4.3.8)

Students who do not meet this policy requirement in any subject throughout a semester will void (V-grade) the unit and will not receive points towards the award of their Year 12 Certificate or Tertiary Entrance Statement.

Assessment Policy

BSSS policy states that:

"Students are required to substantially complete and submit all assessment items that contribute to the assessment for a unit unless due cause and adequate documentary evidence is provided.  Exemption from an item and/or alternative assessment without penalty is available to students providing adequate documentary evidence.  Unless prior approval is granted, any student who fails to submit assessment tasks worth in total 70% or more of the assessment for the unit will be deemed to have voided the unit.  However, the principal has the right to exercise discretion in the award of a grade or score in special circumstances where satisfactory documentation is supplied."
(ACTBSSS Policy and Procedures Manual 2014, p.31, Section 4.3.9)

Students who do not meet this policy requirement in any subject throughout a semester will void (V-grade) the unit and will not receive points towards the award of their Year 12 Certificate or Tertiary Entrance Statement.

To "substantially complete" an assessment item, it must be deemed to be a reasonable attempt by the teacher, otherwise it is not counted.

Assessment and Certification Parent Information Session

On Meet and Greet Evening in Term 1 each year we hold an information session for students, parents and carers to explain the building blocks of completing a two package of study.

The presentation discusses:

  • Unit and Course types
  • Majors and minors and more
  • Types of packages of study
  • What does a typical program of study look like
  • Unit Scores, Course Scores, Scaling, the AST, and the ATAR.
  • Qualifications and Certificates
  • Student pathways after college

The following link will provide access to the presentation used at the evening.

Assessment and Certification Parent Information Session - PowerPoint Presentation

You should contact the college should you have further queries.

ACT Youth Commitment or 'Learn or Earn' legislation

The ACT Government requires that students remain in school full-time until the age of 17. Students who do not comply with this legislation need to apply for an exemption certificate from the Education and Training Directorate. Circumstances that would warrant an exemption certificate include:

  • Part-time study due to ill health or other circumstance.
  • Part-time employment
  • Non-attendance at school/ lack of engagement with no alternative in place.

Non-compliance with learn or earn legislation may impact on Centrelink entitlements.

Applications for Approval Statements are necessary if the student is either undertaking full-time training, full-time employment, or a combination of employment and training that totals more than 25 hours per week.

Applications for both Exemption Certificates and Approval Statements can be obtained from Student Services or the ACT DET website:

http://www.det.act.gov.au/major_changes_to_education_requirements