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Attendance Information

A parent or guardian should immediately complete the Absence Notification e-form that is accessed within the Parent Portal (it is strongly preferred this e-form is completed on the morning of your son’s absence).

Parents should log-in and click on the Absence Notification link under “Student Information”, which is found on the home page of the portal (see below):

Absence notification preview

Parents should be aware that submitting an Absence Notification verifies their son’s absence. It is important that you do not disclose your Parent Portal login and password details to your son, to ensure the legitimacy of this functionality.

There is no requirement to phone the School nor to provide a written note to notify us of an absence.

If your son has more than three consecutive days off from school due to sickness, a medical certificate from his doctor must be provided on his return to campus.

Should your son receive a positive result from a COVID-19 test, he should not return to campus and we ask you to inform the School immediately via email at COVID19@ags.school.nz.

Should your son be identified as a close contact by Public Health, from an event or activity he attended in his personal time, he should not return to campus and we ask you to inform the School immediately via email at COVID19@ags.school.nz.

Please ensure that your son attends school every day unless there is a genuine reason such as sickness or bereavement. The School does not support casual breaks during term time as such absences impact on the standard of education we can provide.

Please communicate with the Headmaster directly via email if you are requesting Official Leave for your son.

Please note that no official leave is granted, other than bereavements or regional, national and/or international representative duties for a variety of extracurricular activities sanctioned by the School.

Any representative duties refer to instances where your son is either representing New Zealand, or representing the School at Regional or National Championships.

For New Zealand representative duties, confirmation of your son’s selection should be provided at the time of an official request for leave is made, with documentation attached from the National sporting body/organisation. Club representative events, and sporting events students are independently registered for will not be approved as justified leave.

Furthermore, no extended holiday leave is provided either prior to or after the official school holidays.

Where an absence is recorded as ‘unapproved’ by the School, be aware that teachers will not provide work. Should the student have an internal assessment or an examination he will receive 0 for it and will not be given an Assessed Mark.

If your son is late to school due to a pre-arranged appointment, please provide him with a written note to be handed into our Student Office staff upon his arrival. He will then formally sign into the School.

No student is to leave the School grounds during school hours unless:

1) He has brought a letter or an appointment card to the Deputy Headmaster on the front steps after assembly. He will then be provided with the appropriate approval slip, allowing him to formally sign out at the Student Office prior to leaving the campus; or
2) For medical reasons, whereby he must have permission from the Deputy Headmaster or from the School Nurse. In such cases, the School Nurse will contact his parents before he leaves the School grounds.

You are welcome to email your son’s Dean or alternatively phone the:

Form 3 Dean on 09 623 5403
Form 4 Dean on 09 623 5404
Form 5 Dean on 09 623 5405
Form 6 Dean on 09 623 5406
Form 7 Dean on 09 623 5407
International Students Dean on 09 638 0557

You are welcome to email your son’s teacher/s or a member of the Student Services team. A list is available here.

Please call our School nurses on 09 623 5637.