The school expects students to attend school on all school days, including irregular days like swimming and athletics carnivals. It is the responsibility of parents/carers to send students to school. The school is required by the Education Reform Act 1990 to monitor the daily attendance or absence of students in the school by maintaining a daily register for each class of students. Parents have seven days to explain their child’s absence or the absence will be recorded as an unjustified reason.
You are informed of your child’s absence (partial or full day) by the following sequence:
If you think your child is at school and the message is a mistake, just ring the student office for clarification.
There are two options for how you can provide an explanation for your child’s absences:
Remember you only have seven days in which to provide a satisfactory reason as to why your child was absent before it becomes unjustified. If you forget to complete the process the next day, a second Absentee Letter reminder will be sent five days later.
Note: For the attendance procedures to work you need to have provided current mobile phone numbers and email addresses for both carers who live with the child. These details can be changed through the Parent Portal.
If you would like to know how to view your child’s absence and enter a carer’s note visit our ICT Blog.
Families, wherever possible, should schedule appointments and holidays out of school hours and between terms. When this is not possible, and the leave is for more than two days, the Principal can provide an Exemption Certificate for students to be exempt from attending school or approved leave for a family holiday. Please fill the appropriate form as early as possible and send to the Principal for approval before the leave is required. The state government legislates this process.
As part of the implementation of the National Standards (2015), holidays taken by students outside of school vacation periods are included as absences. Families are encouraged to holiday or travel during school vacations. If travel during school term is necessary the following considerations apply:
Principals may grant exemptions due to:
Both forms, ‘Application for Vacations’ and ‘Exemption from Attendance’ can be found on the school’s website under downloadable forms.
Yours in Christ,
Deputy Prinicpal Administration