All enrolled students are required to attend school unless reasonable and valid grounds exist for them to be absent. The Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 makes it compulsory for young people to remain at school until they finish Year 10 or turn 16, whichever occurs first.
Following this, young people enter the compulsory participation phase which ends when they: gain a Senior Certificate, Certificate III, IV; or have participated in eligible options for 2 years after the compulsory school years; or turn 17. Education is a sequential process.
Absences including being late to class often results in students missing important stages in the teaching and learning process. Parents/Guardians have a legal obligation to ensure that their students participate in these compulsory phases. Students are expected to be at school by 8.40am for the commencement of Connect Group meetings each day and to remain at school until 3.00pm. If students are not able to attend school, a written explanation for the absence from a Parent/Guardian is required. Such notification can be given in advance of the absence if the absence is planned.
Where a student’s absence is unexpected, Parents/Guardians are to phone Student Services before 9.00am on the day of the absence. The absence is then to be confirmed in writing upon the student’s return to school. If a student is late, they must sign in at Student Services with a note from their Parent/Guardian before attending class. Students who need to leave school before 3.00pm must hand their note from their Parent/Guardian to Student Services before school or at break time and collect a Leave Pass. When it is time for the student to leave school they must show their Leave Pass to their teacher and sign out from Student Services before departing. Student attendance and absence figures appear on student reports at the end of each term.
More information including forms for absences and leave requests is available at Student Services.