We want to make sure all children get the best education possible which is why attending school every day is so important.
Western Australian law stipulates that all school-aged children must go to and attend school every day.
Like every school in WA, Ocean Reef Primary School is required to keep accurate attendance records for all its students. This includes taking attendance in the morning and afternoon for students in Kindergarten to Year 6.
When a student’s attendance falls below 90%, the school is required to investigate the matter and develop a plan (in consultation with the family) to address and restore regular attendance.
Developing the habit of going to school every day is vital so children do not miss out on important ideas and skills they need for future learning.
Did you know:
- missing half a day of school each week equates to one month of missed learning each year
- the attendance habits set by children when they first start school continue throughout their school life
- if children miss half a day of school each week between Pre-primary and Year 10, they would miss almost one full year of learning
- learning is cumulative – if children miss a day, it is harder for them to catch up.
You can help by arriving and collecting your children on time; making sure they get nutritious meals and enough sleep; and making appointments with doctors, dentists and specialists, and making holiday plans during school holidays and not during the school term.
If one of your children is unwell and unable to go to school, let the school know straight away by telephone or by replying to the SMS message. If they miss a day it is important you talk with their teacher to find out how you can help them catch up. If your child cannot attend school because of their mental or physical health contact your school to see what options are available for your child.
If you arrive late at school you should take your child to the Bridge first.
If you intend to take your child out of school during term time for a family holiday you should contact the Principal for permission.
Download the Department of Education Attendance Policy
At Ocean Reef we encourage you to read with your child for 20 minutes nightly and work with them to practise their basic number facts. In the early years the students may have sight words or Words Their Ways word sorts. Any tasks sent home from the teacher will be purposeful and not set as a matter of routine just for the sake of setting home as evidence indicates that this does not impact upon student success.
Our students work very hard during the day and often ‘doing more of the same’ results in them resenting school.