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Students need to be at school to develop the skills, knowledge and values they will need to succeed in life. Regular attendance is the key to academic achievement.
The Education Act requires that compulsory aged students attend school, or participate in an educational program. Education is compulsory to the end of the year in which a student turns 17.
A student may be absent from school due to temporary ill health or “any other reasonable cause” such as family commitments (bereavement/religious). Swimming Carnivals, Athletics Carnivals and other special days are normal attendance school days.
In the event of a student’s absence from school, Wanneroo Senior High School will send an SMS message to their parent or guardian’s mobile phone. The message is sent automatically at 10:30 am each day.
When absences occur, they must be explained within three days of the start of the absence. Information supplied should include the students name, year and the actual dates of absence. This can be done:
- By ringing the Absentee Hotline 9206 6565. This line is open 24 hours a day.
- By responding to the SMS message. Eg Mary Donaldson Yr 9 sick.
The SMS number is 0407 983 874 (SMS only, not for phone calls).
In the email, give the student’s name, year and the reason for the absence.
- Send a note with the child when they return to school.
- Fax the school. Fax Number 9306 3655
The school will also send out a letter to parents giving the details of any unexplained absences on a weekly basis.
Students with excellent attendance will be rewarded with a Merit Certificate each Semester and will become eligible for the GOLD KEY reward excursion.
A student who is absent from class without permission is said to be truanting. Any student who truants will be required to make up for the missed class with an after school detention during which time the student will make up for missed work. Parents and guardians will be given 24 hours notice of the detention.
LATENESS TO CLASS
A student who is late for class will be required to make up the missed work during lunch, recess or after school.
APPOINTMENTS DURING SCHOOL TIME
A Leave Pass is required by students who need to leave school during the day. The pass can be obtained from either Student Services or Administration on presentation of a note from a parent or an appointment card. On return to school the student should sign in at Student Services.
ILLNESS OR INJURY WHILE AT SCHOOL.
Students who become ill or are injured while at school should report to the nurse (if available) or Administration. The child will be assessed and where necessary parents phoned and arrangements made for the child to picked up from school. Students should not ring and make arrangements to be picked up as it is important that an ill or injured student is supervised until they are picked up.