NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus

The girls' campus of the Northern Beaches Secondary College

Telephone02 9949 2083


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:

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.

The Mackellar Girls Campus Discipline Code outlines a series of rights and responsibilities each student has to herself, other students, the school and the community. All students enrolled at Mackellar are expected to comply with the requirements of this code.

Each student has a right to:

Each student has a responsibility to:

  • Be treated with courtesy, fairness and respect
  • Be tolerant, friendly and courteous to others


  • Show respect at all times for teachers, other school staff and helpers
  • Develop her academic, social, creative and  physical potential
  • Work in order to learn


  • Allow others to learn


  • Attend every school day


  • Be punctual and prepared for all lessons and activities


  • Complete all set work


  • Follow instructions and obey school rules


  • Be active participants in school life
  • Have a safe non-threatening learning environment
  • Behave sensibly and safely in the classrooms, playground, at sport, on excursions, and travelling to and from school


  • Refrain from teasing, bullying and all other forms of harassment


  • Respect school property and the property of others


  • Care for property belonging to herself
  • Have a clean and tidy school
  • Keep the classrooms, toilets, playground and surrounds clean at all times 


  • Put all litter in garbage bins


  • Ensure school books, equipment and materials remain undamaged and unmarked
  • Be proud of her school
  • Act in a manner that will bring credit to herself and the school community


  • Wear the correct school uniform
  • Enjoy success and recognition
  • Value her own achievements


  • Positively acknowledge the achievements of others

 The following behaviour will NOT be tolerated at Mackellar Girls Campus:

  • Dangerous or violent behaviour
  • Disruption of the work of teachers and students
  • Possession of dangerous implements or weapons
  • Possession and use of illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Disobedience
  • Truancy and unexplained absences
  • Vandalism
  • Stealing
  • Graffiti
  • Offensive and abusive language
  • Cyberbullying
  • All forms of harassment and discrimination against students and staff

The following items are not to be worn or brought to school and may be confiscated: Incorrect uniform/excessive jewellery, no body embellishments, i.e. tattoos, ear lobe spreader, piercings and dermals, extreme hair colours (e.g. green, pink or purple rinses) and/or extreme hairstyle (e.g. spikes or mohawk's) are not permitted.

If mobile phones are brought to school, they are not to be switched on or visible during class time, meetings or when moving to classes.