Principal's Note: Attendance

Hello everyone. Welcome back to Term 4. 

I want to take this opportunity to address the importance of attendance in building learning success for our students. The building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.

Although giving your child an occasional ‘day off’ may seem harmless, missing school can have a big impact on students academically and socially. There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can have a ‘snowball effect’ on their confidence in the classroom and beyond.

If a student is feeling anxious or resentful about school, the unfortunate truth is that missing school will only magnify those negative emotions.

If you’re having attendance issues with your child, we would like to discuss how we can assist. Please phone 9531 9566 to arrange an appointment with your child’s Year Level Coordinator as soon as possible.

Although there are obviously examples of when a day at home is appropriate (such as genuine illness), we ask parents and caregivers to think twice before letting your child have a “day off”. When an absence really cannot be avoided, it is vital that students speak with their classroom teachers immediately as to how they can catch up on missed classes.

We hope we can work together with parents on achieving excellent attendance for every child – and seeing their confidence grow in the classroom and beyond.

Pictured here are some memories from the France study tour in September. It was a delight to travel with 20 of our Year 8, 9 and 10 students and to see them make the most of the experiences on offer. You can read some of their memories later in the newsletter. Thank you to Greg Pritchard and teachers Alban Girard and Joanna Bolding for the care, knowledge and fun they shared with our students on this trip.

Warm Regards

Rhonda Holt