​​​​​​​​​​​​It is important for all students to be at school every day. When deciding whether to keep your child home from school, please consider the following:​

A child should be at school unless:​​​
  • The child is too sick to leave the house.
  • The child has an infectious disease like measles, chicken pox
  • The child has an injury preventing movement around the school
  • The child is going on a family holiday that cannot be arranged during school holidays. This must be arranged with the principal in advance.
  • The principal is provided with any genuine and acceptable reason preventing the child’s attendance.
  • A medical or dental appointment could not be made outside of school hours (wherever possible, appointments should be made outside of school hours).
If your child is absent a note must be supplied to explain the days missed on their return to school. If your child has seen a medical practitioner a certificate will help explain the absence. You should also contact the school in advance if you know your child will be away.
Our school day commences at 8.35 am and concludes at 2.50 pm


If students miss the basic skills in the early years of schooling they often experience learning difficulties later on.
There is a direct link between attendance and achievement.  It has been shown that poor patterns of attendance in the early years can lead to poor patterns of attendance throughout the school years. Poor attendance makes it difficult for students to form positive friendships with their peers.
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