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Every day counts

 
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We have a strong culture for learning in our school and this includes high expectations for student attendance. Being at school every day counts.

85% of our students meet our high expectations for attendance of 95% to 100% attendance and we encourage, acknowledge and reward high rates of attendance.

Every day counts is an initiative aiming to improve attendance at school. The initiative promotes four key messages:

  • All children should be enrolled at school and attend on every school day.
  • Schools should monitor, communicate and implement strategies to improve regular school attendance.
  • Truanting can place a student in unsafe situations and impact on their future employability and life choices.

A range of support, intervention and accountability measures are adopted to get the best rate of attendance for every child and where required to help parents meet their obligations for their child's attendance at school. Attendance is a consideration for invitations to and participation in non-curriculum events. High rates of attendance and having all absences authorised by the Principal are incentive for these to be accessed by students. Compare your child's attendance to our 'ready reckoner' table. The impact of absence can be startling. A student with 80% attendance over 5 years of high school misses an entire year of education.

% Attendance Days absent per term Year average Weeks lost Lessons lost School year
85 7.5 30 6 150 0.6 of a Term – half a term
80 10 40 8 200 0.8 of a Term –a working term
75 12.5 50 10 250 1 Term or half a semester
70 15 60 12 300 1.2 Terms
65 17.5 70 14 350 1.4 Terms
60 19.5 78 15.6 390 1.56 terms or 0.75 of a semester
55 22.5 90 18 450 1.8 Terms - working semester
50 24.5 98 19.6 490 2 Terms - a semester

Attendance at school is the responsibility of everyone in the community.

Find out more about the Every day counts initiative from Education Queensland.

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Last reviewed 08 January 2019
Last updated 08 January 2019