Terranora Public School

Care and Excellence

Telephone07 5590 4146


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.

Enrolment at Terranora Public School-Policy


"Enrolled" - A child is considered to be enrolled at a school when they are placed on the Admission Register of the school. The filling in of Application for Enrolment Forms is just the first step in this process.

"Local School" - For every address in NSW there is a designated local government school. Parents are entitled to enrol their child at their local school.

"Non-Local School" - A government school which has a designated drawing area which does not include your address.

"Enrolment Ceiling" - A number of total enrolments which the school can accommodate using existing permanent classroom space.

"Enrolment Number" - A number of total enrolments which allows space for any child who lives within the school's designated drawing area and whose parents wish to enrol him or her. This number is based on past trends for demand for local places at our school.

General Principles

Terranora Public School, like all public schools, has a designated local drawing area.

  • Boundaries for the drawing area for local schools are set from time to time by the Department of School Education taking into account a range of factors which may include demographics and the availability of classrooms and other space at the school.
  • Each school must set an enrolment number which ensures that there is always space available for local enrolments.
  • Parents are entitled to enrol their child at their local school.
  • Alternatively, parents may seek to enrol their child in the Non-Local school of their choice.
  • Applications for enrolment in Non-Local schools will only be considered if there is space available in the school.
  • Applications for enrolment in Non-Local schools may be considered by a Placement Panel when there is available space.


Discrimination in Enrolment

In the context of the above principles, which clearly constrain an individual's choice of provision, no person will be discriminated against on the grounds of their sex, age, race, religion, ethnicity or disability.

Enrolment Procedures

How to enrol your child

A parent wishing to enrol their child at Terranora Public School should:

Firstly, find out if our school is the designated Local School for their address. This can be done by ringing the school on 5590 4146. Alternatively, you are welcome to call at our office between 8.45am and 3.00pm during school term. The school has written information available which may be collected at our office.

Local Enrolments-

Visit our office and request enrolment.

  • You may be required to provide proof of residential address.
  • School Administrative staff will assist with enrolment procedures and provide relevant information.
  • Class placements will be made by the Principal.
  • Children's names will be entered in our Admissions Register and the child will be enrolled at our school.
  • If your child is transferring from another government school, we will request that school to forward your child's Pupil Record Card to us.

Non-Local Enrolments-

If parents who live outside our designated drawing area seek to enrol their child at our school as a Non-Local Enrolment, they should visit the school and speak to the Principal.

  • Parents may be advised that there is no space available within the school's enrolment number or, parents may be asked to complete an Application for Non-Local Primary School Enrolment form for consideration by the school placement panel.
  • If an Application for Non-Local Primary School Enrolment form is completed, the Principal will advise the parents of the outcome as soon as possible following the panel meeting.

Placement Panels-

For Non-Local Enrolments

  • The placement panel will be made up of the Principal, a staff member and a school community member.
  • The panel will be chaired by the Principal who will have the casting vote.
  • The panel will meet when required to consider applications for Non-Local Enrolments. Meetings will be scheduled taking into account the commitments of the panel members.
  • Panel decisions will be based on the criteria stated below.

Placement Criteria-

For Non-Local Enrolments

If space is available within the school's enrolment number, and if the enrolment will not create a disruption to school routine, or create demand for additional staff, the following criteria may be considered by the panel in making a decision to accept or refuse an application for Non-Local Enrolment:

  • Proximity and access to the school
  • Brothers or sisters already enrolled at this school
  • Medical reasons
  • Safety and supervision of the student before and after school
  • Special interests and abilities
  • Compassionate circumstances
  • Structure and organisation of the school

Waiting Lists

A waiting list may be established for non-local students if parents wish their child to be placed on such a list. Waiting lists will be current for one year only.


Appeals against the decision of the placement panel must be made in writing to the Principal in the first instance. The Principal will seek to resolve the matter.

Where the matter is not resolved at the local level, the District Superintendent will consider the appeal and make a determination.

The purpose of the appeal will be to determine whether the stated criteria have been applied fairly.

For more information

Further information regarding this enrolment policy may be obtained by contacting the Principal, James Hackett.


Terranora Public School
Terranora Drive



(07) 5590 4146


(07) 5590 4098



This Enrolment Policy is based on the NSW Department of Education and Training's policy Enrolment of Students – A Summary and Consolidation of Policy