Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things at school every day – missing school puts them behind. We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day. If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school. There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes. Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.
If your child is absent from school, a note to the teacher and a personal call to the school is legally required. This helps us make sure that children are not absent without permission and allows us to consider the welfare of the child. High levels of student absenteeism and lack of punctuality have a detrimental impact on student achievement. If a student was to miss more than 20 days each year, over seven years of primary school it is equal to one year of learning. We are required to report on student absences in our Annual Report.
If your child is late to school, please sign them in at the office and your child will collect a late pass to be handed to the classroom teacher. If you need to pick up your child early, please sign them out at the office first. Where possible, appointments for your child/ren should be made out of school hours or in the holidays.