Since 2008, education and/or training is compulsory for students until the end of the year in which they turn 17. Under legislation it is the duty of the parent/carer to ensure that a student of compulsory school age is enrolled and attends school or a registered training institution.
Regular attendance is essential to assist students to maximise their learning potential. The probability of success in learning is strongly linked to regular attendance equal or greater than 90%.
Willetton Senior High School:
Indicators of students at risk are;
Parents/carers will be contacted by the Student Services team if the student is deemed to be at risk due to poor attendance.
All students must;
The school must be notified if students are absent from school for an entire day email or a message left on the attendance line or by a note of explanation as soon as they return. Parents should clearly state the student’s first name, surname, tutor group, the date(s) and reason for the absence. The note must be placed in the box located near the entrance of Student Services. Parents are requested to ring the school by 9.00am on the day of their child’s absence unless the student is missing an assessment. Please refer to Willetton Senior High School Assessment Policies.
All students late to school must report to the Student Services Centre with a note before attending class.
Students needing to leave during the day must;
The school will support students who do not meet the minimum attendance requirements in one or more of the following ways:
Failure to adequately engage with the Student Services team on issues to improve attendance and therefore jeopardise educational outcomes may result in regional office being invited to offer further support in the home and school through outside agency referrals.
Students are expected to attend school on all days including sports carnivals, cultural days and excursion days. Punctuality in arrival at school is a requisite. Hours of attendance at Willetton Senior High School are 8:30am-2:45pm unless the student has a session 0 or 6 class under a flexible timetable arrangement.
Students who are late or miss school due to sickness must have a note, text or email sent to Willetton Senior High School by a parent or caregiver.
We strongly discourage parents from taking planned holidays during term time. The school strongly encourages scheduled school holidays for personal holiday planning.
Willetton Senior High School acknowledges that holidays are an enriching experience, but by law, every student is expected to attend school every day. Teachers are not obliged to accommodate students on holiday with learning programs. Catch up work will be provided when a student is absent in the case of illness.
Parents who wish to take students out of school for the purpose of a family holiday for longer than two school days are required to apply to Mr Phillip Sherwood, Deputy Principal of Student Services by email Phillip.Sherwood@education.wa.edu.au, or in writing, at least one month prior to the intended holiday absence using the format below:
Name of student/s:
Reason for absence:
Dates students will not be attending school: from____________ to______________
Contact phone number: