Attendance


Education is a sequential process. Absences often mean students miss important stages in the development of topics, causing them to find ‘catching up’ difficult. Absenteeism contributes significantly to student failure at school.


All enrolled students are required to attend school unless reasonable and valid grounds exist for them to be absent. Illness is reasonable grounds for an absence - shopping excursions, birthday parties, staying home with mum or dad  are not.


Parents have a responsibility to ensure that their children attend school regularly, and are only absent if ill or if absolutely necessary. Parents have a further responsibility to provide a written note, text message, phone call or return a completed absence form to the school explaining why an absence has occurred.


Staff are expected to raise concerns with parents if there have been more than two days of unexplained absences in any given week, unexplained early departures in a given week, or where there is a pattern of unexplained absences e.g. every Monday, Wednesday which may be due to homework due on that day or a subject that the student is potentially avoiding.   Staff are expected to inform the principal when contact has been made with a parent regarding unexplained absences.


All student absences recorded in both the morning (before 9:30 am) and the afternoon (before 2:30 pm) by teachers, are aggregated on our SAS database and communicated to the Catholic Education Office. The principal has a responsibility to ensure that attendance records are maintained and monitored at school