Each school day begins with Form class at 8:55am. The siren will sound at 8:50am to signal everyone to move to class. Please note the following:
Arriving late to school
It is the students responsibility to ensure they arrive at school before the bell at 8.53am. Students who arrive after Form or during the school day are to complete the ‘Sign in Book’ at Student Services and collect a late note before proceeding to class.
- proceed to Student Services to sign-in and receive a pass to enable entry into class
- a reason for the lateness should be provided by phone, a note or an entry into the student’s diary
Leaving during the school day
- bring a note from a parent/caregiver explaining the reason for the absence
- the note should be provided to the form teacher
- before leaving the College the student must proceed to Student Services, sign-out and be issued with an official Department of Education Leave Pass
Not coming to school today?
It is a legal requirement of the Department of Education that all absences are explained within 3 days of the absence and a medical certificate provided for 3 days or more. Not doing this may affect eligibility for events at the College and some Centrelink payments.
Parents/Guardians can let the school know of student absences, explaining the valid reason by:
- phoning the School Attendance Officer on 08 9965 8415
- texting us on 0407 081 344
- emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- writing a note to the form teacher
- informing the form teacher by way of the school diary
Parents/Guardians with prior knowledge of an absence (such as a pre-arranged medical procedure) are encouraged to advise the school in advance.
If a student is absent for an unknown reason, parents will be notified by text message. The school must have current mobile phone contacts for this to occur. This system also enables parents/guardians to reply by text.
The College looks forward to working together with parents/guardians to monitor student attendance.
Illness at School
When your child becomes unwell at school they should not phone parents or care givers directly. Instead the following procedure must be adhered to:
1 | Get a note from their teacher
2 | Head to Student Services to receive assistance
3 | The school will notify parents or care givers & the management of their condition will be discussed
4 | Upon collection the student will be signed out and given a leave pass
Transporting sick students is the responsibility of the parent of caregiver.
Please also note the School Health Nurse is not able to give out pain relief medication (such as Panadol) or administer other medication.
The School Health Nurse is available on a limited basis for minor health issues. The nurse will conduct health counselling appointments and attend emergency health issues during class times, when available. Students who become ill during the day should adhere to the above procedure.
Priority health areas identified for this school are:
- Create an environment of student self-empowerment and independence to reduce harm from risk taking behaviour through health promotion and health educational strategies
- Growing and developing positive and respectful relationships for life
- Promotion of healthy lifestyle strategies to prevent lifestyle disease
• Students are encouraged to make appointments to see the nurse to
discuss health concerns
• In the event of an accident or illness at school, parents will be
contacted and required to provide transport, care and treatment
• The health centre is not designed to provide care for students who are unwell at school
• Parents are responsible for ambulance costs if an ambulance is
• The health centre does not dispense analgesics (eg paracetamol). Students are encouraged to provide their own medication for health needs
• Students with medical issues should complete the school Student Health Care Plan form. These issues may include conditions such as allergies, asthma, diabetes or migraines
How does missing a few days affect the future?
• Maximum student attendance means that students do better at school.
Every day of attendance contributes positively towards learning. Academic
potential is directly linked to how much school you attend.
• Everyone in the community needs to be included and recognise the importance of education.
• Achieving improved attendance can be done by being absent for valid illness only.
• Absence for birthdays, holidays in term time, appointments that could be done out of hours, for a day of rest after a busy weekend are not valid
reasons for missing school.
• In all studies, average academic achievements on NAPLAN tests declined and were directly linked with the number of days missed from school.
“Student Attendance and Educational Outcomes; Every Day Counts” was
prepared for the Department of Education by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, UWA in May 2013. The report was based on the attendance patterns of some 415 000 students in Government school students in WA.