As parents send kids back to school each term, they will be setting up new morning routines and figuring out how to support their kids now they are back in school. At this time, schools can play an important role in helping parents develop and maintain positive habits to increase attendance and engagement.

On the first day of the year, everything feels possible. During COVID-19, many parents have engaged in an unprecedented way with what their children are learning. They may have developed new habits that should be supported, like reading together or doing science experiments on the kitchen table. We encourage parents to maintain these habits by talking with parents and helping them identify which habits they want to keep.

The Public Attendance Act requires each student to be at school each day.  If a student is unable to attend, the campus requires that you notify and confirm in writing, the absence, and its cause.  This should be done immediately upon the child's return to campus. All students who are enrolled at school, regardless of their age, are expected to attend that school whenever instruction is provided.

If a student is absent, parents or carers may be notified by SMS. Where a student is absent for whatever reason(s), it is compulsory for the campus to examine attendance and progress and determine whether the learning requirements have been met. Parents will be notified in advance of our concerns in this matter.

Avoiding unnecessary absences is an important part in having students achieve the best education possible. In order to encourage this, the campus will contact parents if attendance is causing concern. 

Students absent from school should bring a note on their first day of return, stating the reasons for being absent. This note should be presented to the roll teacher and should show clearly the roll class at the top.  If students intend being absent for part of the day, they should, before school, present to the office parental consent and the reason for such absence and obtain a pass-out. If students will be absent from sport they should, before school on Wednesday, present a note to a PD/H/PE staff member to be signed and return to the office for a pass.

NSW Department of Education Attendance Policy

Compulsory School Attendance

Education for your child is important and regular attendance at school is essential for your child to achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options. NSW public schools work in partnership with parents to encourage and support regular attendance of children and young people. When your child attends school every day, learning becomes easier and your child will build and maintain friendships with other children.

Read more about compulsory school attendance

Completing Absentee Notes and Notices - Information for Parents and Carers

It is important to tell the school if your child has to be absent from school and to provide a reason for the absence.

Read more about notes and notices