Student Absences

It is a requirement of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development that accurate records of students absences are kept by the school. We appreciate parent support in notifying the school of their child’s absence.


Contacting the school to report a student full day absence
Parents/guardians are asked to enter the absence via our Parent Portal - Compass (use your phone App or log in via the log on the front page of this website), or if this is not possible, to ring the school office prior to 8.30am.


From the Compass home screen (or from your student's profile), click to "Actions for" button for your child and select the "Add Parent Approval" item.  From the pop-up window:

  • select the reason
  • enter a brief description of the absence
  • select the start and finish time
  • click the 'Save' button

We appreciate as much notice as possible if your child will be away from school due to a family holiday.


If your student will be coming to school later than normal due to a medical appointment or other reason, please do not enter this as an absence on Compass, simply sign your child in at the office when you arrive.  Once your child is signed in, the attendance roll will be updated automatically to reflect their arrival time.



Why regular attendance is important

Attendance at school is compulsory, five days a week. Apart from the legal requirements for attendance, it is important that students gain continuity in their education in order to move ahead as they should.


Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things at school every day. Attending and participating in school will help your child develop:

  • important skills and knowledge to help them learn
  • social and emotional skills such as good communication, resilience and team work.

Children who attend school every day and complete year 12 have:

  • better health
  • better job opportunities
  • higher income across their lives.

There is no safe number of days for missing school. Each day a student misses puts them behind.


The school recognises that for a variety of sound reasons, such as illness, dental appointments, family emergencies etc and that students may not be able to attend on every day of school. In such cases, an exemption from school is granted and recorded in the attendance records.





It's Not OK to Be Away is a statewide initiative building a school and community approach to the issue of student attendance. The initiative is designed to change community and student attitudes to school attendance. It requires the support of both parents and the community if student attendance is to be successfully addressed.


It's Not OK to Be Away promotes two key messages:

  • Student attendance is the responsibility of everyone in the community
  • Effective Schools monitor, communicate and implement strategies to improve regular school attendance, as this is a prerequisite for improving educational outcomes

Parents and caregivers are powerful figures in influencing the behaviour of young people.