Attendance, Extended Student Absences

One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: attend school every day and on time. Their attendance is in fact, the biggest factor influencing their academic success, while absence from school is often the greatest single cause of poor performance and achievement. We understand that some absences are unavoidable and understandable due to illness and the like, many are not. There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day your child misses school puts them behind. Poor school attendance can be linked to a number of related short and long – term adverse outcomes for students including lower academic outcomes, early school leaving, substance use, poverty, unemployment and negative health outcomes.

Consider the following when thinking about your child’s attendance:

  • Learning is a progressive activity; each day’s lessons build upon those of the previous day(s).
  • Reading the material and completing work independently does not make up for the loss of insight/understanding gained by your child during class discussion.
  • Many classes use whole group lessons, discussions, demonstrations, experiments and participation as part of the daily learning activities and these cannot be made up by your child when they are absent.

 

 EXTENDED STUDENT ABSENCES

As opportunities for holidays exist within the 10 weeks of scheduled school holiday time, parents are strongly discouraged to book holidays during Term time. At Gleneagles Secondary College we understand that there may be a travel opportunity or cause for travel for the student and their family during the Term. Parents must make contact with their child’s Team Leader to discuss the implications for their child missing school.

Learning is a sequential process and prolonged absences often result in students missing important stages in their learning, causing them to find ‘catching up’ difficult. Extend leave from school can impact significantly on a student’s ability to meet the College curriculum requirements and consequently affect the individual’s learning outcomes and possible consequences for promotion.

The Education and Training Reform Act 2006, Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007and Education and Training Reform (School Attendance) Regulations 2013 requires the Principal to approve these absences.

We ask that you adhere to the College attendance guidelines and more importantly support your child, by ensuring that school attendance is a priority – you will be taking an important step in supporting your child’s school success  and setting a good example. Remember every day counts!   Any concerns with your child’s attendance please contact your child’s Sub School Leader or Rhonda Greelish, Assistant Principal.

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