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Every day counts

17/02/2016

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
.6 of a Term – half a term
80
10
40
8
200
.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 .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.