Absence and attendance

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It is a legal requirement for children to attend school. If a child is absent or late for any reason, a written note or verbal reason must be provided to the classroom teacher or front office.

  • When students arrive late for school they must sign in through the front officeForms-2
  • If parents need to withdraw students during the day they must attend the front office first to request a permission slip to release their child from class
  • Notes will be sent home three times per term for unexplained absences

Students are deemed to be at risk by the Department of Education if their attendance is below 90%.

90% If your child attends 90% of the time, we regard them as attending regularly, they could be missing:

  • 1 day a fortnight.
  • 1 week a term.
  • 4 weeks a year.
  • 1 year by the end of Year 9.
  • 1 semester between Year 8 & Year 12.
80%  If your child attends 80% of the time, we regard them in the lowest risk category, they could be missing:

  • 1 day a week.
  • 2 weeks a term.
  • 8 weeks a year.
  • 1 year by the end of Year 4.
  • 2 years by the end of Year 8.
  • 3 years by the end of Year 12.
  • 1 year between Year 8 & Year 11.
60%  If your child attends 60% of the time, we regard them at a moderate risk, they could be missing:

  • 2 days a week.
  • 4 weeks a term.
  • 16 weeks each year.
  • 1 year by the end of Semester 1, Year 3.
  • 2 years by the end of Year 5.
  • 3 years by the end of Semester 1, Year 8.
  • 4 years by the end of Year 10.
  • 5 years by the end of Semester 1, Year 12.
  • 2 years between Year 8 & Year 12.

SMS service

The School has an SMS service that sends a text message to the parent/guardian of the student who is absent from school. Parents can then send a response back to the school regarding their child’s absence, or a parent/guardian can send a text message to the school giving a reason for their child’s absence. The SMS text number is: 0408 693 507

Punctuality

Punctuality is important to children because:

  • Being on time displays good manners
  • Being late interrupts the class
  • It may embarrass the child to be late
  • The child may miss something vital if late

* It is essential that students participate in Morning Meetings which are held in every classroom from 8.30am.