Attendance & absences
Regular attendance at school is essential if students are to maximise their potential.
While parents are legally responsible for the regular attendance of their children, school staff, as part of their duty of care, must monitor part and whole day absences.
It is essential that parents or caregivers explain the absences of their children promptly to the school. A student's absence will be recorded as ‘unjustified' if no compelling reason, such as illness, is given.
Please ensure that notes clearly state both the student's Christian and surname.
Missing school means your child misses out on vital information and maintaining learning routines. This can result in a loss of confidence and missing out on forming vital friendships.
Attendance is recorded each day. As a parent or caregiver you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day, including sports days unless your child:
- has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment (preferably these should be made after school or during holidays)
- is required to attend a recognised religious holiday
- is required to attend an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as attending a funeral)
- is sick, or has an infectious illness.
Students need to attend school regularly to meet the course requirements of the Higher School Certificate.
If you are having difficulty getting your child to attend school regularly, you might like to talk to the school principal or the school counsellor.
If your child has to be absent from school for any reason, including arriving late or leaving early, please either tell your child's teacher or the administration assistant at our school, or explain the reason by phone, email, or written note as soon as possible and within seven days.