We monitor the daily attendance of students to:
ensure their safety both in getting to school, and in accounting for them in an emergency
identify students with achievement, engagement, or other issues
meet our legal responsibilities
Parents and guardians also have legal obligations to ensure their children attend school. The school expects parents to:
notify the school if their child is going to be absent by phone (06 8388306), text (027 2055583), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9 am.
try to arrange appointments etc. outside school hours or in holidays
work with the school to manage any attendance issues.
Absences are usually unjustified unless the student is too sick to attend school, or has suffered a bereavement.
Any child absent from class without a known reason will be followed up by a phone call from the office staff. The school roll is taken after 9am and again when children go back in to class after lunch at 1:15pm.
Sometimes a student might be out of class but should still be marked present, such as when attending a medical appointment. Holidays should only be taken during school holidays.
Leaving School During The Day
Students may not leave the school during school hours except by special arrangement – for example, a parent request (verbal or written) for the student to attend a medical appointment. The student must sign out at the office.
Attendance is monitored through our student management system (SMS), and parents are notified of absences and/or patterns of absences. The school follows up on unacceptable levels of absence (10 half-days per term) and may refer the case to the Attendance Service.