Attendance and Absences

Please ensure that your child is prompt to school each morning. One of the main reasons for unsatisfactory school progress is irregular attendance. Parents are advised to see that their child attends regularly and punctually.

Attendance and Absences

Attendance and Punctuality

Absences due to serious illness are understandable but absences from school for such unacceptable reasons as shopping, minding smaller children, or family outings are NOT regarded by the Board of Studies as satisfactory reasons. Dental and medical appointments should be arranged outside school hours wherever possible.

Attendance at all school functions, swimming and athletics carnivals etc is compulsory. If there is a problem with attendance, referrals are made to the Home School Liaison Officer (Department of Education and Communities).

 

I am away from school…

Parents should call the school on 8585 1642 and leave a message on the absences voicemail or alternatively send a sms text to the designated mobile 0476 857 200 prior to 9:00am on the day of your child’s absence.  If the school does not receive notification of an absence or late arrival, you will receive an automated SMS message to which you must respond. If parents prefer to write a note, it must have the student’s full name and year clearly labelled, and state the day and dates it covers and the reason for absence. If the absence lasts longer than 3 days, the student will need to supply a medical certificate on returning to school. Absences for which we have no parental note or explanation go on to the student’s record as unexplained absences. These will appear on the student’s semester report.

 

I am late to school…

Students who arrive at school late must report to the front office on arrival with a note from their parent or caregiver with an explanation to avoid receiving an automated SMS regarding the late arrival. You may phone the school office before hand with an explanation. Students must sign in using their Student Identification Card in the front office and collect a late pass which must be given to their teacher to allow entry to class. If a student has a study period in period 1 they must sign in at the front office. If the student does not sign in at the front office and goes straight to class, they will be deemed absent for the whole day and an automated SMS will be sent to their parent.

 

I need to leave early…

Students may only leave early for a good reason and permission may not be given if it is thought that the reason is not good enough.

Letters of request from parents for an early leave pass must be made to the Head Teacher Administration in the front office.

Students must bring a signed note from their parent/caregiver stating the reason and time for the early leave request.  The note should be placed in the box located in the Head Teacher Administration’s Office before the start of school.

Once early slip is approved it will be updated on Sentral

At the departure time, the student needs to go to the front office to collect their early leave pass.

Early leave passes will only be approved for:

  • Specialist medical and dental appointments on production of an appointment card
  • Family and personal emergencies
  • Bereavements

 

Absences for medical appointments during school hours and especially during sport will only be approved through the Principal in case of emergency.  Absences for tutoring during school hours and especially sport will not be approved.

Regardless of the reasons, early leave is recorded on the official rolls as a partial absence.

The pass is valid for that day only.

 

Student Leave – How To Make an Application

All requests for extended leave from school should be made in writing to the principal with detailed supporting documentation before purchasing tickets.

Application for Extended Leave – Travel