Good attendance supports student engagement and learning. Not attending school can impact student learning with consequences in the secondary years and post school.

Students are expected to attend school each day. They can arrive from 8:30am and leave by 3:15pm. Families must notify school when their child is absent. A quick phone call to the Front Office is the best way to inform the school.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Attendance

Yes, from the very first day! If children and students miss the basic skills in the early years of schooling they often experience learning difficulties later on. It has been shown that irregular attendance in the early school years can lead to poor patterns of attendance in primary and then secondary years.

Yes. All children who are enrolled in an educational setting are expected to attend on a regular basis.

Yes, unless:

  • The child is too sick to leave the house.
  • The child has an infectious disease like chicken pox, mumps or measles.
  • The child has an injury preventing movement around school.
  • The child is going with his/her parents/caregivers on a family holiday that cannot be arranged during school holidays. This is arranged with the principal prior to the absence by applying for a school exemption.
  • The principal is provided with any genuine and acceptable reason preventing the child’s attendance.
  • A medical or dental appointment could not be made out of school hours (wherever possible, appointments should be made out of school hours).

Yes. Contact the front office on the morning your child is away. If you haven’t contacted the school you must supply a note with reason for absence for the days missed. If your child has an illness more than 3 days, a medical certificate will help explain the absence.

Yes. You should immediately contact the preschool or school to seek assistance.

There are many staff members who can assist you if attendance is an issue for your child. You can discuss your concerns with your child’s teacher or preschool director (in preschool); or class teacher, school counsellor, year level manager, deputy or principal (in school). If the problem persists, Student Attendance Counsellors, based at district offices, can provide additional support to school students and their parents/caregivers to maintain regular patterns of school attendance.

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  • Patterns of attendance/absence are set up in the early years of schooling.
  • There is a direct correlation between attendance and achievement.
  • Missing one day a week of school from reception to year 10 means missing two years and one term of schooling.
  • Being half an hour late to school each day from reception to year 10 equals missing one year and one and a half terms of schooling.
  • Being absent five days a term from reception to year 10 adds up to more than one year of missed schooling.
  • Frequent absences make it difficult for teachers who have to continually re-teach information and skills.
  • Infrequent attendance makes it difficult for students to form positive relationships with their peers.
  • Students who are frequently absent from school have poorer post school outcomes.

For more information see the Department for Education attendance policy: Attendance policy (

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