From the beginning of 2020, all young people are required to participate in education or training until they complete Year 12, attain a Certificate III, or they turn 18 years of age, whichever occurs first. 

Missing one day of school a fortnight is the same as missing 4 whole weeks of school a year. From prep to Year 12 that adds up to 1.5 years of school.  

Why is regular attendance at school important? 

Being at school is the most important job of a child and they are building habits that they can take into adulthood. While it might not seem obvious, when they come to school, they are learning about more than just Maths and English. They are learning all sorts of skills like working in teams and meeting deadlines that will help when they are an adult.  

Being at school every day also means students are involved in their own learning, interacting with other students and teachers and are a part of environment that is motivating and stimulating. Help is available from teachers and friends meaning they won’t have to rely on trying to learn things in their own time.  

Attending school every day helps your child to make steady progress with learning. Your child will also be able to establish firm friendships by participating with others in activities. 

Do I need to let the school know if my child is going to be absent? 

Yes. Parents/guardians need to notify the school of any absence, each day they are away unless there is approved leave by the Principal. You may receive a phone call, email or letter in the mail asking you to contact the school to give reasons for unexplained absences we may have for your child. It would be appreciated if you could do this at your earliest convenience so our records are up to date and accurate. 

Are there any good reasons to be away from school? 

Reasons your child can be authorised to be absent include: 

  • Sickness/incapacity 
  • Medical, legal or related appointments 
  • Natural disaster or extreme weather preventing your child from safely attending their enrolled school 
  • Terminal illness of an immediate family member 
  • Bereavement of a person your child had a close, significant or family relationship with 
  • Having witnessed or been subjected to family violence 
  • Being a participant or official at a recognised State, National or International event 
  • Participation in a recognised learning experience 
  • An application for home education being received by the Education Registrar and provisional registration being granted. 

Any absence not listed will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.  

Medical certificates or statutory declarations to explain absences for illness after a child has been absent for a total of more than 5 days in any school year may be requested by the College. 

The Principal may also request evidence for other authorised absences, such as evidence of participation in an event or recognised learning experience, or a statutory declaration from a parent.  

It would be preferable if medical and health appointments are made either before or after school or during the school holidays. This includes family holidays. Parents are encouraged not to plan holidays during the term but to organise these during the school holidays.  

Students should communicate with all teachers for work they will or have missed out on to catch up in their own time.  

What if there are problems getting students to school? 

Sometimes getting to school can be about having a good routine. If students find themselves running late or missing school because they’re disorganised, try: 

  • Having a set time to go to bed 
  • Being really disciplined with technology – turn it off or better yet, leave it out of their rooms altogether. They can catch up on the all the chat and the latest episode of whatever they’re watching later on 
  • Packing bags the night before 
  • Having a set time for breakfast 

Sometimes though it can be hard to get to school. They might feel overwhelmed by the work or things might be tough with their friends. Maybe things at home aren’t great. Perhaps they’re feeling down or anxious and don’t even really know why. 

Whatever the situation is, staying away from school isn’t the answer. There are people who want to help. Students should try talking to: 

  • Parents
  • A trusted teacher 
  • Year level coordinator 
  • Another trusted adult, like a coach 

Useful websites/contacts 

Kids Matter – www.kidsmatter.edu.au 

Youth Beyond Blue – www.youthbeyondblue.com.au 

Headspace – www.headspace.org.au  or e-headspace www.eheadspace.org.au/  for online counselling & support  

Reach Out – www.reachout.com 

Kids helpline – 1800 55 1800 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or web counselling  

MRC Attendance Procedures

  • What time does the school day start?
    The school day starts at 8:35am and students are expected to be in class by this time.
     
  • What do I do if my child needs to leave the school early?
    To minimise disruption, we encourage parents to make appointments and other arrangements outside of school hours.  If your child needs to leave school before the end of the school day, we require you to inform the College by providing a note prior to the absence.

 

  • What do students do when they need to leave the College early? 
    Students must present any notes relating to the absence to Student Services and collect a “Permission to be Absent” form to be presented to their subject teacher to be allowed to leave class.  The form should also be presented to Student Services when leaving the school and carried by the student when outside the College.  Finally, students must sign out using the terminal located in Student Services.
     
  • What should I do if my child will be late for school?
    If your child is likely to arrive after 8:35am you are required to contact the College to advise of the reason for arriving late, and the expected time of arrival, via email to absent@mrc.tas.edu.au or phoning 6432 7600.
     
  • What happens if I’m unable to notify the College of my child being late?
    The student will be required to sign in using the terminal at Student Services.  You will be sent an email informing you of this late sign in and the reason given.  If you are unaware of this lateness, we ask that you contact the College on 6432 7600.
     
  • What do students do when they are arriving late at the College?
    Students must sign in using the terminal located in Student Services.
     
  • What do I do if my child is unable to attend school?
    Parents and guardians are required by law to inform the school and provide a reason for not attending.  This should be done between 8:15am and 9:00am on the day of the absence, and again on any subsequent days.This can be done by email to absent@mrc.tas.edu.au, by providing a written note to the Student Services office, in person or by phoning 6432 7600.

    When contacting the College please include the student’s name, year level, pastoral care group, inclusive date(s) of absence and in the case of a note, the parent’s name and signature.
     

  • What do I do if my child needs to be absent for more than a week during a school term (for example, representing the state in a sporting commitment)?
    We require you to inform the Principal of the details of the absence prior to the intended leave.  This can be done by sending a note or emailing principal@mrc.tas.edu.au and absent@mrc.tas.edu.au.When contacting the College, please include the student’s name, year level, pastoral care group, inclusive date(s) of the impending absence and in the case of a note, the parent’s name and signature. 

 

Mrs Tracey Rogers  

Deputy Principal Pastoral Wellbeing