Our School - Attendance

It's NOT OK to be Away

In the ‘good old days’ it used to hard to get a day off school. Now it seems to be easy, maybe too easy?

The wider school community, parents and students need to fully understand the impact of missing too many school days.

If a student has a day off, once a fortnight, this would add up to 20 days in a school year (there are approximately 40 weeks in a school year). 20 days is the same as missing a tenth of a school year. This would be equal to missing a year of schooling up to Year 10.

A key message that needs to be embraced by schools, parents, and the wider community is that “It’s Not OK to be Away”. The ‘fallout’ of poor attendance is very real. These students will be at risk of not achieving their potential and therefore limit their life choices.

Some Benefits of Regular School Attendance For Students:

The development of skills and attitudes such as self-discipline, punctuality, and being organised will optimise life choices

Regular attendance leads to making friends and learning how to maintain relationships over a length of time

Regular attendance leads to learning social skills necessary to live and work with others

It’s safer at school than on the street

The more students attend, the more they will learn and the more they will like school.


How many days of school has your child missed this semester?

0-6 This is within normal range. A child with this attendance rate is able to take full advantage of the teaching and learning opportunities available to them.

7-10 This attendance rage is below average. A child with this attendance rate could miss over one year of schooling between prep and Year 10

11-20 This is a poor attendance rate. A child with this attendance rate days could miss out on up to two years of schooling between prep and Year 10

20+ This is a very poor attendance rate. A child with this attendance rate could miss over two and a half years of schooling between prep and Year 10

Remember  students need to attend school regularly to make the most of educational opportunities. There is a direct link between school attendance and achievement later in life. Poor patterns of attendance in the early years lead to poor patterns of attendance throughout the school years. Poor attendance makes it difficult for children to form positive relationships with their peers.