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Attendance is where it starts

1/05/2017
We are aiming for a 95% attendance rate. In May we are 94% with Year 6 leading the way at 96%!
Success at school begins with attendance – even the most able student cannot reach their potential without maximising attendance.
Increasing attendance involves a ‘push’ or ‘pull’ effect.
The ‘pull’ effect involves engaging lessons, a teacher who cares, work that is challenging yet achievable, and students feeling a high sense of belonging to their class, their school and their friends. The student is attracted or ‘pulled’ to school without threat nor extrinsic reward.
he ‘push’ effect is where a student is compelled to attend school because their parents value school and do not give in easily to tears, to requests to stay home for birthdays, sleeping in, and feigned illness. 
The best case scenario is where parents push when needed and where all staff contributes to an environment that is attractive (creating the ‘pull’) to students.
In this case, absences are confined to the “unavoidables” of sickness, competing for school sports etc. Students should not feel compelled to attend school if they are ill.  Call our absence line on 5422 3366 (and leave a message with name and class and reason).
I have asked staff to report possible unacceptable level of absence, to be proactive, and to reduce issues before they grow.   Principals decide if the reason given for a child’s absence is acceptable.