Student Attendance

Every day counts – school attendance

We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.

Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future – a student missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year. By Year 10 they’ll have missed more than a year of school.

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.

Coming to school every day is vital, but if for any reason your child must miss school, there are things we can do together to ensure they don’t fall behind:

  • Speak with your classroom teacher and find out what work your child needs to do to keep up.
  • Develop an absence learning plan with your teacher and ensure your child completes the plan.

 Notifying Student Absences

  • For unexpected absences please notify the school office by email to office@stmtraralgon.catholic.edu.au or by telephone on 5174 3295 between 8.30am and 9.30am the morning of each absence. Your child’s name, class and reason for absence is required. 
  • Students arriving late to school, after 8.55am, need to be signed in by their parent/guardian and the teacher or office staff advised of the reason the student is late.
  • If a student is absent without notification to the school by 9.30am an SMS will be sent to parents/guardians. This will be followed up with a phone call if the school is still not advised of the student’s reason for absence.
  • A written note to your child’s teacher is required when they return to school. 
  • For planned absences please provide your child’s teacher with a note stating reason and dates that they will be away prior to the absence. By law every absence must be accounted for on our rolls and written notes kept.  Prolonged or frequent illness requires a doctor's certificate.