I thought I would just up-date you on the progress of our attendance target for 2016. As I mentioned at the start of the year last year’s target was 93%, which we beat with 93.6%. The state’s target is 90%, so we are ahead of the game already. Our target this year is 94%. These targets include unexplained, unacceptable, other (which includes family commitments, etc.) and sick. We don’t use sick when calculating if children have met attendance in The Cecil Challenge, but the state does and it is expected that school will initiate actions that will minimise sick days. One of the things we do is encourage parents to keep their children home when they are sick, so they can recover more quickly and minimise the spread of any illnesses to other children who will then be away sick and thus drop our attendance percentage.
So how are we travelling towards our target of 94% for 2016? Well overall we are currently at 93.7%, so we are not too far off the mark. Role class by role class Prep are on 91.14, 1/2 is 93.9%, 3/4 is 94.7%, 5/6 is 93.1% and Junior Secondary is 96.6%.
What can you do to help at home? Obviously the above percentages will fluctuate throughout the year with varying out breaks of illnesses, etc. For example a large number of the Prepies have been sick this term, which has brought their attendance down. So as we can continue to have the great attendance results we have been recognised for, we all need to keep doing what we can to ensure are children are at school regularly learning. Refresh yourself with our “Every Day Counts” fridge magnet that has been given to every family. If you have miss placed yours then get a new one from the office. It has some eye opening information about what it really means when children miss even one day of school. Also try to get your children to school on time. Even missing part of a day will have an effect on children’s learning.