Time for me to get back on track again with working my way through our AIP/calendar. The final priority is what we has called the ABC – Conditions of Learning. This is the things that need to be happening to ensure that our children are learning. This is broken up into 3 areas, Attendance, Behaviour and Confidence.
Today I will concentrate on “Attendance”. It is an area I talk about quite often, but that is because of its importance. Obviously if the children are not at school when teaching is occurring, then they are not learning. Every family should have the Every Day Counts fridge magnet that is now part of our enrolment packs that explains how even one day a fortnight adds up over time and so much learning the children miss. We do encourage parents to keep their children at home when they are sick, so that they will recover faster as being at school sick does not mean they will be learning. I myself had to follow my own advice last week when I was sick, as not only did I need to recover, I needed to ensure that I did not make others sick who would in-turn miss school. Attendance is something that is monitored by the department and my boss does quiz me about individual children who fall below the 85% attendance rate. Usually it’s about health issues, but sometimes it’s not and parents need to remember that it is their obligation to ensure their children are attending school regularly.
What can you do to help at home: Refresh yourself with the information on the Every Day Counts fridge magnet. If you’ve misplaced the fridge magnet, just get a new one from the office. And most importantly, make sure your children ARE at school regularly. We want them to get the best education they can, but they can’t do that if they are not at school.