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Absentees and Leave

Absent for Sickness

We ask parents/caregivers to advise the school of their child's absence due to sickness by email or by using the SchoolsAppsNZ selecting Orewa College (available at the App store or Google play).

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 text messages we send on the day.

Unexplained absences will be treated as truancy.

Planned Absences (Family Holidays)

If a student is absent from school during term time 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 student's 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 will 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 the Deans Hub.
  • 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 Deans/Attendance Hub. You can either email this through to (in advance) or the student can bring this to Deans/Attendance Hub to get a pass.

Students Arriving Late

Students who arrive late to school must sign in at Deans/Attendance Hub D18 with a note from their parent/caregiver explaining their absence. An email can be sent, from the parent/caregiver in advance, to to ensure this process is as fast as possible.