Attendance and Punctuality

Schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 to 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 do not 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 people to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community.

Students are expected to attend Gleneagles Secondary College during normal school hours every day of each term unless:

  • there is an approved exemption from school attendance for the student
  • the student has a dual enrolment with another school and has only a partial enrolment in Gleneagles Secondary College, or
  • the student is registered for home schooling and has only a partial enrolment in Gleneagles Secondary College for particular activities.

Both schools and parents have an important role to play in supporting students to attend school every day.

Click here to download the Attendance Policy

Recording absences

For absences where there is no exemption in place, a parent must provide an explanation on each occasion to the school.

Parents should notify Gleneagles Secondary College of absences by:

to explain their child’s absence prior to 10:30am on the day of absence.

If a student is absent on a particular day and the school has not been previously notified by a parent, or the absence is otherwise unexplained, Gleneagles Secondary College will notify parents by SMS. Gleneagles Secondary College will send daily SMS messages at 10:30am in an attempt to contact parents allowing time for the parent to respond. Gleneagles Secondary College will make phone call contact with parents as soon as practically possible on the day of absence when SMS is not available.

The GSC detailed Attendance Policy can be accessed via this link

Family holidays

As students are required to attend school until they are 17, permission must be granted for a student to be absent from school for a family holiday or trip during the school term.  An application for  extended leave will need to be complete and individual education plan implemented.  To apply, parents should contact the relevant Team Leader at least three weeks in advance of the proposed leave.

It should be note that missing 10 days school is around 5% of the school year.  Wherever possible, holidays/trips should be scheduled for school holiday periods or planned so as to minimise the number of days of school missed.

Approval for an extended absence is not automatic and parents should not assume approval will be granted.  Absence without approval may impact on students results and potential whether they are able to progress to the next year level.  VCE students should particularly note the attendance requirements for receiving an S for a unit.

Late to School

A student is considered late to school if they arrive after 8.30 a.m.

When late to school a student is required to sign in at the relevant sub-school office.

If the student has a signed note from home, with an appropriate explanation, they will be recorded on Compass as late with and the appropriate code for the approved absence.

When a student is late to school without a note and/or a suitable explanation, the Team Leaders will give students a consequences that may include:

  • Lunchtime detention
  • Attending school on a curriculm day or another day that the student would not normally attend school
  • Yard restriction or yard duty
  • After school detention
  • Parent meeting

Late to Class

A student is considered late to class if they are not in class when the bell goes.

Teachers are required to mark the roll in the first ten minutes of the lesson.  Students who arrive after the bell will be recorded as late on Compass.

When a student is late to class they will be given the teacher will give the following consequences:

  • 1st time late = Warning
  • 2nd time late = Recess or Lunchtime detention
  • 3rd time late = After school detention
  • 4th time late = Referral to the Team Leader

Late to Home/Mentor Group

A student is considered late to home/mentor group if they are not in homegroup when the bell goes.

When a student is late to home/mentor group the teacher of the group will give the following consequences:

  • 1st time late = Warning
  • 2nd time late = Recess or Lunchtime detention
  • 3rd time late = After school detention
  • 4th time late = Referral to the Team Leader

Parental Meeting

Continual student lateness will require a meeting with the Assistant Principal, student and parent/guardian.

All students’ lateness will be documented and this information could be used in term and semester reports and/or lead to a student failing a subject on attendance.

Lateness to school is recorded as a half day absence for VCE students.

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