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Absentees and Leave

Absent for Sickness

We ask parents/caregivers to advise the school by email or by using the Orewa College app (available at the App store or Google play). Click here for instructions.

If a student is marked absent for an unknown reason, a text message will be sent to the main caregiver. Please text back a reply. We are only able to receive replies to test messages we send on the day.

Unexplained absences will be treated at truancy.

Planned Absences (Family Holidays)

If a student is to absent from school during the term we require a letter from the parent/caregiver requesting the leave, giving the dates and reason for the planned absence. Please email this to the Principal at

Students will be provided with a yellow form in their class folder that will need to be completed by each of the students teachers. This form needs to be returned to Mrs McCarthny, Deputy Principal in the main administration office.

Students are likely to be ineligible for an NCEA assessment that is held during their absence.

The expected standard for attendance is 90% for inclusion in restricted courses and for eligibility for school trips, teams and graduation. Your child’s attendance can be monitored by the school WebPortal.

The percentage of attendance is printed on students reports or can be requested by emailing The percentage is calculated on students being present at school or on a school based activity. Medical and other absences e.g. family reasons with lower this percentage.

Appointments Leave (Dr, Dentist, Physio etc)

If your child has an arranged appointment parents/caregivers are requested to send details of when child will be absent to

  • Year 7 and 8 students leaving the school for legitimate appointments must be collected by their parent/caregiver or a pre-arranged authorised adult from Student Reception.
  • Year 9-13 students leaving the school for legitimate appointments must have a note from their parents/caregiver to collect a pass, in advance from Student Reception. You can either email this through to (in advance) or the student can bring this to Student Reception to get a pass.

Students Arriving Late

All students who arrive to school late must sign in at Student Reception with a note explaining their lateness from their parent/caregiver.