Students are required by law to attend school.
Regular attendance is critical for students to achieve optimal learning at school. Missing school adds up:
- If a child misses an average of five days a term (years 1 to 10), they miss out on approximately one year of school
- If a child misses one day a week of school (from years 1 to 10), they will miss almost two years of school
- If a child misses two days a week of school (from years 1 to 10), they will miss almost four years of school
- If a child misses five weeks a term (years 1 to 10), they miss almost five years of school.
An incentive program is in place to improve regular attendance. Please be punctual to deliver and collect your child from school. It can be very disturbing for your child to be delivered or collected late. If you are unavoidably delayed, please ring and let the school know so your child can be reassured.
Under the Education Regulations the only acceptable reasons for absences from school are illness and medical or dental appointments which cannot be arranged outside school hours.
The Attendance Records kept by the teachers are legal documents, and may be called upon by a Magistrate as Court evidence.
An explanation is therefore required for all absences. The explanation must give the reason for the absence and may be delivered verbally or in writing. If not provided, the school will send out a letter requesting an explanation. When students from Year P – 7 are absent, an SMS is sent to a parent requesting a reason for the absence.