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Attendance Matters

7/11/2016


Attendance Matters!
“A 44-year-old South Mackay woman has been served with a notice to appear in court following an investigation into an Education Act offence by an officer from the Child Protection and Investigation Unit. After officers spoke with the woman, she was served with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on November 9 to have the charge of failing to meet the adult obligation to ensure attendance heard.” – MyPolice Mackay
It is parental responsibility to ensure that students are at school for the full school day, and as the above shows, are legally accountable for it.
Each and every moment of the day is planned for and has learning outcomes attached. This includes the last week of the school year. (Here at Swayneville we have Presentation Night to prepare for, and Rewards Day for all that hard work too!)
Naturally there are reasonable excuses for being absent such as illness or natural disasters. Doctors’ certificates are always a good idea. Late arrivals, early departures and other non-acceptable excuses include appointments and holidays. Should your child require a length of time away from school (a week or more), Principal permission must be sought for exemption from compulsory schooling.
Are you giving your child the best chance to succeed at school?