The Education Act in NSW requires students to attend school every day until they are seventeen years of age with the exception after Year 10 if they have full time work or are engaged in a trainee-ship that is confirmed. Parents have a legislated responsibility to get their children to school. Principals have a legislated responsibility to do all we can to have young people at school. Ultimately it could end up in court.
Leave can be given for exceptional circumstances such as medical, elite sport etc. Holidays aren’t an option that I am allowed to support. Parents keeping children out of school for such things as holidays drove the changes in 2010 to the Act.
In many schools one in five students aren’t attending schools regularly. while the figure is one in four across the Catholic system. Cruise ship holidays are the latest big excuse for pulling young people out of school, with other excuses including: too tired, I’ll come tomorrow, car trouble, two flat tyres, too hot, cold, windy, too tired and slept in. The issue is made harder for parents due to work commitments themselves meaning many students having to get themselves off to school. The parents then find themselves paying catch up when they find their son hasn’t come to school.
How would such excuses go at work? We also need to be setting our young men up with good habits for life.
Below is a graphic from a colleague’s school in the Parramatta Diocese which is very instructive as well as being helpful.
The impact of time away from school is very compelling. Two days a month missed regularly over twelve years of schooling adds up to one year missed.
One factor not addressed in this which we are very focused on is what is happening in classrooms. How rich is the learning? How engaged are the students? We want our young men to want to be at school. We are doing our part to improve the experience of learning. My last few articles which you can read below talk of the many great things happening in the college and the improvements.
Partnering the learning actively with parents engaging with their son’s Google classroom and assisting him to get his work done, to organise himself to increase the chances of him achieving success increases his motivation in learning, helps him persist towards success. He needs to be here every day, on time.
Your ongoing help with this is a greatly appreciated. We are here to help if you need it. We understand that at times it is less than straightforward but we can help.