The importance of attending school every day cannot be understated. There is a direct and measurable relationship between student absence and student achievement. North Perth Primary School is striving to increase attendance rates. The School Education Act (1999) requires parents to send their children to school each school day unless there is good reason (e.g. illness) for them not to attend. As we have recently attained Independent Public School status, our new Business Plan will include a target to increase student attendance. The School Board have discussed factors that affect student attendance at North Perth Primary School and recognise that family vacations taken during school time is an ongoing issue. We are encouraging parents to organise vacations during school holiday breaks.
Ideally, we would love every child at school every day.
Although a student with an attendance rate of 90% is deemed to be a regular attender, this actually equates to missing one day a fortnight, which can add up over time.
If your child misses…
Over 13 years of schooling that’s…
Which is equivalent to your child finishing…
|1 day per fortnight||20 days per year||4 weeks per year||Nearly 1.5 years||Year 11|
|1 day per week||40 days per year||8 weeks per year||Over 2.5 years||Year 10|
|2 days per week||80 days per year||16 weeks per year||Over 5 years||Year 7|
|3 days per week||120 days per year||24 weeks per year||Nearly 8 years||Year 4|
The vast majority of parents at North Perth Primary School do an excellent job when notifying the school, either in advance or directly after their child is absent. Please be reminded that parents are required to notify the school in writing within three days of any absence.
Please contact your classroom teacher or the school office if there are any issues that you wish to discuss or would like further support in, to ensure your child’s attendance at school every day.