Parent & Caregivers important information

Parent | Care Givers Important Information:

Assessment & Reporting

Assessment and Reporting at PLHS provides students and families with timely and effective feedback supported by learning evidence, which enables the targeted growth of all individuals.


Assessment and Reporting is an inclusive, constructive and authentic acknowledgement of individual achievement where students are empowered to take responsibility for their own learning and growth.

This policy applies to all forms of assessment and reporting on student growth and achievement by staff at PLHS.

Policy Detail
The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers expect that educators assess, provide feedback and report on student learning (Standard 5). At PLHS the main elements of this are Curriculum & Assessment, Feedback, Consistency, Formal Reporting and Reflection & Goal Setting.


Attendance and Absences

Compulsory enrolment and attendance at school

The South Australian Government has identified improved attendance as a priority for the Department for Education DfE. A child who is between 6 and 17 years must be enrolled and attend school regularly unless the Minister has granted an exemption from school. Under the Education Act of South Australia, parents and/or caregivers are held responsible for the regular attendance of all children in their care. DfE therefore has a legal responsibility to record and monitor attendance and take appropriate action to rectify problems of non-attendance.


Acceptable reasons for student absences:

Alternate program of study or work (arranged with/by the school)
Illness (including travel for surgery)
Family reasons (funerals, unavoidable family travel)

Please inform the school of any absences via one of the following methods:

SEQTA Engage: send a DIREQT message
Phone: (08) 8683 6090

NOTE: For absences of three days or more, an Exemption Form is required; these are available from the Front Office


The Bridge centre provides a temporary learning environment for Year 8-10 students as an intervention for those who experience challenges within the mainstream. There is a strong focus on literacy, numeracy and skills for living. Practical learning activities are available. Students are also encouraged to participate in community projects and activities. Participants negotiate individual learning programs and develop a behaviour and learning contract which is reviewed weekly. There is a strong emphasis on families and school staff working together to improve school attendance. Entry to the program is by application or referral from the Middle School Assistant Principal for consideration by a review panel.

Bushfire Information (including Catastrophic Fire Conditions)

Please click here to download the Fire Danger Information Booklet

Please click here to download the Bushfire and Your Child’s School or Preschool Brochure

Bus Service

The local school bus service is managed by Port Lincoln Primary School; please direct enquiries to (08) 8682 1544.

Communications - SEQTA Engage for Parents

Please click here to download the Steps for using SEQTA Engage our student tracking system.



The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander men. The Foundation uses a unique, innovative and highly successful approach; using the existing passion that these boys have for sport allows Clontarf to initially attract them to school, and then keep them coming. It is not a sporting program however – it develops the values, skills and abilities that will assist the boys to transition into meaningful employment and achieve better life outcomes.

The Foundation collaborates with schools and communities to create Clontarf Academies that are embedded within the school grounds and education program. Full-time, locally-based Clontarf staff mentor and counsel students on a range of behavioural and lifestyle issues while the school caters for their education needs. Any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male enrolled at the school is eligible to participate in the Academy.

Through the use of supportive relationships and environment, the students develop improved self-esteem and confidence which enables them to participate in education, employment and society in a positive way. Academy activities are planned within the focus areas of education, leadership, employment, well-being, life skills and sport. In order to remain in the programme, participants must continue to work at school and embrace the objectives of the Foundation.

This approach has been very successful, not only in attracting and retaining young men to school, but also in having them embrace more disciplined, purposeful and healthy lifestyles.

CONNECTED: A community Approach to Bullying Prevention

Dharna Groups

Dharna is the Barngala word meaning strong. At PLHS we value the relationships between students and teachers and teachers and families. Dharna is a time everyday that a small group of students (max 15) spend with their Dharna group teacher to foster these relationships. 10 mins in the morning per day with the exception of an extended time on Wednesdays that goes for 40 mins. Your student’s Dharna group teacher should be the first point of contact for everything from attendance to excursions.

Dress Code - PLHS Uniform


As pictured here, Port Lincoln High School has a colour-coded, flexible, safe and economic school uniform. The school’s Governing Council and staff endorse the importance of students being easily identified. It is the responsibility of staff to maintain a duty of care for the protection of all students; this involves the identification of non-students on school grounds, monitoring student uniforms and notifying parents/caregivers when the policy is not adhered to.

Students are required to wear a neat, clean school uniform each day. Parent/caregivers are asked to provide an explanatory note if their student is unavoidably out of uniform. Consequences apply for non-compliance.

PLHS Uniform garments are available from Student Services (anytime during school hours for parent/caregivers, during recess and lunchtime for students). Other generic items (e.g. plain grey, white or navy polo tops, navy or grey pants/trackpants) can be purchased from a number of local retail outlets.

PLHS 2020 Prices:

Polo Top ($35)
Windcheater ($50)
Jacket ($70)
Shorts ($25)
Trackpants ($30)
Dress ($25)


Enrolment & Intention to enrol at PLHS

Please contact Rachael Boyce on (08) 8683-6000 or at to discuss enrolment at Port Lincoln High School or to request a PLHS Enrolment Pack.

Expectations of Students

Student Expectations

This Agreement & Permissions is valid for the duration of your student’s enrolment
At our school we aim to:
• Create a safe, caring, orderly and productive learning community, supported by our Dharna Groups.
• Provide students with opportunities to experience success through a range of student pathways.

To achieve these goals we expect students will:

ATTENDANCE: Be punctual | Explain absences

DRESS CODE / UNIFORM: Be dressed neatly and in school uniform | Be dressed appropriately in specialist subject areas

COMMUNICATION: Communicate with students, staff and visitors using a respectful tone | Follow reasonable requests

LEARNING: Come to lessons prepared | Participate in learning programs

MOVEMENT: Move in a safe manner in classrooms, corridors and around school building

SAFETY: Keep our environment alcohol and drug free

RELATIONSHIPS: Keep our environment free of aggression, violence and harassment

RESPECT FOR PROPERTY: Keep environment free of graffiti, vandalism and theft

Hot Weather Policy

If the weather report on the 7pm ABC1 TV News bulletin forecasts a maximum temperature for the Port Lincoln district of 38°C (or higher), Year 8, 9 and 10 students will be dismissed at 12.50pm (i.e. the start of lunch).

The following exemptions apply:

Year 11 and 12 lessons (for all SACE Stage 1 and 2 subjects) will continue as per the normal timetable
Bus students (Years 8-12) and students without permission to leave school will be supervised in the (air-conditioned) Science Area; buses will run as normal
If a Code Red is called, buses affected on that particular route will not run; please refer to our Code Red Policy

Lesson Timetable (School Day)


On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays:

School day commences at 8:40am (staff on Yard Duty from 8:20am)
Dharna Group (pastoral care) runs from 8:40am to 8:50am
Lesson 1 runs from 8:50am to 9:40am
Lesson 2 runs from 9:40am to 10:30am
Recess runs from 10:30am to 10:50am
Lesson 3 runs from 10:50am to 11:40am
Lesson 4 runs from 11:40am to 12:50pm
Lunch runs from 12:50pm to 1:30pm
Lesson 5 runs from 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Lesson 6 runs from 2:20pm to 3:10pm
School day concludes at 3:10pm (staff on Yard Duty until 3:30pm)

On Wednesdays:

School day commences at 8:40am (staff on Yard Duty from 8:20am)
Dharna Group (pastoral care) runs from 8:40am to 9:20am
Lesson 1 runs from 9:20am to 10:30am
Recess runs from 10:30am to 10:50am
Lesson 2 runs from 10:50am to 11:40am
Lesson 3 runs from 11:40am to 12:50pm
Lunch runs from 12:50pm to 1:30pm
Lesson 5 runs from 1:30pm to 2:40pm
School day concludes at 2:40pm (staff on Yard Duty until 3:00pm)
Staff undertake Professional Learning from 2:45pm to 4:30pm

Network & Technology Policy

Network & Internet Acceptable Use Agreement
The Network and Internet Acceptable Use Agreement provides the rules for student use of the school’s
Information & Communication Technology systems. The use of computers at Port Lincoln High School is
provided for education purposes only. The school will not approve personal use of the school’s network.

Your/Student agreement to this Policy is valid for the duration of the student’s enrolment.


Mobile Phone Policy

In order to maximize the learning opportunities for every student, the following guidelines are to be followed by all
staff and students:

  • All mobile phones are to be switched off and must remain in students’ bags during lesson time, study time
    and during any school activity or event.
  • The sending and receiving of text messages is not permitted during lesson time, study time and during any
    school activity or event.

It is critical that all students are given the best learning environment in which to learn without interruptions created
by mobile phone use in lesson and study time.

Your/Student agreement to this Policy is valid for the duration of the student’s enrolment.


Parent Guide to raising a concern

Please click here to view the Parent Guide to raising a concern or complaint

Publication of Student's photo Policy

Permission to use likeness, image, voice, performance and/or creative work of students and children.

The Department for Education (DfE) develops teaching, learning and promotional materials and publishes
them in print and digitally. Increasingly students are publishing their own materials on websites such as
the school website, DfE website, Scootle™ YOUTUBE and iTunes™ or other online environments.

Request for Permission

he DfE seeks permission to use the following:

  • media (photo/film/audio recording) in which your child appears
  • a written comment made by your child
  • your child’s work samples (for example, a painting, written work, podcasts)

Granting Permission

By completing and returning this permission form, you are granting permission for the DfE to use:

  • an image or recording of your child which appears in a photo, film and/or audio recording to publish
  • on paper and/or on websites under a CC-BY -NC licence*
  • your child’s work samples on paper and/or on websites under a CC-BY-NC licence*
  • an image or recording of your child which may identify your child by first name and/or school only
  • work samples created by your child without identifying your child – or identifying your child by first
    name and/or school only.

Your/Student agreement to this Policy is valid for the duration of the student’s enrolment.


School Canteen

Port Lincoln High School Canteen will reopen in 2021
A list will available at the end of the year. we will be using the QKR app for ordering.

Student Health & Medication Policy

Our Commitment
Our school is committed to the health and wellbeing of all students and staff. Therefore student health care plans are required for students who have a health condition diagnosed by a medical practitioner. Health care plans are required to be updated annually, or the school notified if the health care plan is no longer required.
We acknowledge that parents/ guardians retain primary responsibility for their student’s health care. This includes responsibility for providing accurate, up-to-date relevant information for staff regarding student’s routine and emergency health care needs. Students will be supported to develop safe, self-management of their health care needs.
For example, health care plans are required for; epilepsy and seizure, asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis and cystic fibrosis.
Students and parents are encouraged to discuss health support and medication management, confidentially, with the Assistant Principal at the enrolment meeting.
What the school needs to know:
If a student needs to take medication during school hours the school must be informed. Students cannot take any medication at school without a medication authority form or a signed letter by a doctor. This applies for:

  • Prescriptions drugs
  • Any over the counter medicines
  • Ointments
  • Alternative therapies
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Food supplements


Student Medical Form

Student Wellbeing & Support Services


At Port Lincoln High School, we take pride in the skills, knowledge and dedication of our Wellbeing team, in supporting your child throughout their schooling. Our team consists of Wellbeing Leaders, a team of Case Managers and a Pastoral Care Worker. The team is overseen by an Assistant Principal.
The Student Wellbeing Team promote and support student learning, leadership and wellbeing. We provide a community of care to respond to barriers that may be impacting their physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual state of being – all integral to effective learning.

The Wellbeing Team offers:
• Help to manage relationships with family, teachers and peers
• Support to manage issues of concern
• Course and career guidance
• Information about and referrals to external services and support agencies
• Support to encourage attendance and learning at school

Our Case Management teams are located onsite at PLHS and off-site at the Transition and Learning Centre (30 Edinburgh St).

Case Managers:
• support young people with their wellbeing concerns to minimise these impacting on their ability to engage as learners.
• provide a safety net and motivational support for students to remain engaged with their study, personal goals and transition to independence.
• maintain a strong working relationship with community networks to liaise and facilitate appropriate connection for student support and wellbeing when required.


School Chaplaincy Service

Our School Chaplaincy Service

The school has re-instated a chaplaincy model of support that has seen Kerry join our student well-being team. Kerry has skills in social work and can provide support to students who are working through issues with spiritual concerns connected to their involvement with various church organisations.

Transition Learning Centre

Students from the school can enrol in the Transition Learning Centre which provides a pathway for student learning through individual programs, TAFE access or negotiated courses. The centre is off-site and a number of students complete subjects at both places. Entry in the TLC program is negotiated through the school and the centre. For more information see the TLC Guide or contact the School on 8683 6000.