5 March 2021, 3:51PMBack to all news
5 March 2021, 3:51PMBack to all news
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:
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:
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:
Kids Matter – www.kidsmatter.edu.au
Youth Beyond Blue – www.youthbeyondblue.com.au
Reach Out – www.reachout.com
Kids helpline – 1800 55 1800 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or web counselling
MRC Attendance Procedures
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.
Mrs Tracey Rogers
Deputy Principal Pastoral Wellbeing