Attendance & absences
In the event that a child is absent from school, parents must notify the school in writing. Due to legal reasons it is not sufficient to state that a child "was absent". A reason for the absence must be supplied. Parents can complete the Absentee Form on School Enews which suffices as a written explanation or can contact the school by telephone only in the case of an emergency. It is not necessary to report by telephone a student's absence for 3 days or less.
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.
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.
APPLICATION FOR EXTENDED LEAVE - TRAVEL
If an absence is for 5 days or more an Application for Extended Leave - Travel form is required to be completed and returned to school.
Extended Leave Application (pdf 85 KB)