Everyday Matters

We want to make sure that 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.

Each 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
  • at every lesson for secondary school students.

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..?

That missing half a day of school each week, equates to one month of missed learning each year. 

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.

The below chart gives a breakdown of how the amount of time missed in a year, and if maintained across their schooling, can impact on the future education of your child.

Reporting Absence

Please contact the school if your child is going to be away or is ill.  Although the Bridge doesn’t open until 8:15, a message can be left on the answerphone – The number is 6206 7900 or an email sent to oceanreef.ps@education.wa.edu.au

If your child cannot attend school because of their mental or physical health, contact us to see what options are available for your child.

You may also receive a SMS message after 10:00am enquiring about your child’s absence.  A reply to this text message to explain your child’s absence will also suffice.  You can report absence via SMS on 0417 945 693.  As a part of our school processes you may, if absences are still unexplained, you will receive letters from us requiring absence explanation.


If you plan to take your child out of school for a holiday during term time, please discuss with the Principal.  School work for this time will not be provided but we would strongly promote keeping a journal, either in paper or digitally, setting up a blog that can be linked back to the class, plenty of reading books and practice of basic number facts, addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc and practice with currency.

Need to pick up your child during the day?

Children are not permitted to leave the school grounds on their own. When picking up a child/ren from school during school hours, it will be necessary to obtain an Educational Department Leave Pass from the Bridge first.