In accordance with the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 – 17 years unless an exemption from attendance or enrolment has been granted.
Daily attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally:
- School participation maximises life opportunities for children and young people by providing them with education and support networks.
- School helps children to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community.
- School helps them to make the most of life opportunities.
Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12, or an equivalent qualification, have:
- better health outcomes
- better employment outcomes
- higher incomes across their lives.
Research confirms there is a strong link between poor attendance and adverse student outcomes like:
- early school leaving
- substance use
- negative health outcomes.
Regular absences from school may also be a critical indicator of disengagement, leading to adverse outcomes. It is an easily observable warning sign.
Early identification and intervention is critical in addressing problematic attendance issues and possible student disengagement from school.
A child missing one day a fortnight will miss four weeks in a year, and more than a year of school by Year 10. It is important that children develop regular attendance habits at an early age.
In recent times we have noticed an increase in the number of students arriving to school late.
We understand that from time to time unavoidable delays will occur, however, we do ask that all students make every effort to arrive to school on time- by 8.35 to commence the school day. This not only ensures that students are able to attend all timetabled sessions, but also instills positive habits, which will serve them well as they move into employment in the future.
Aside from any legislative requirements, in our role as parents and educators it is vital that we support the young people in our care and do everything we can to ensure their regular and punctual attendance at school every day.
As a college, we encourage a working partnership with guardians and parents in relation to supporting the young adults under our care. In order to support our children in becoming them best that they can be, they need to:
* Attend School every day (unless they are unwell)
* Arrive to school on time everyday
* Remain at school for the duration of the day
* Avoid taking family vacations during school terms
As adults who contribute to shaping the lives of young people under our care, it is important that we set high expectations and provide the appropriate conditions and support environment for all children to achieve their best.
In partnership with each other we can work towards ensuring our children have the best possible opportunities and conditions to achieve their best so that they can become successful, contributing members, of an ever increasingly demanding and complex society.
Under advice from DET, schools are no longer able to store or dispense analgesics, such as, asprin and paracetamol to students.
If your child requires the administration of these angelsics or any other medication during school hours, a Medication Authority Form for all medication to be administered by the school must be completed by a medical practitioner or a parent/guardian. Please see the attached form for your reference. Once completed, this form needs to be lodged at the general office.