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Attendance Matters!

Attendance Matters!

Why is attendance so important? Does it really matter if my child misses a few days of school?

Yes, attendance is important and does matter, even if it is only for a few days.

Students who attend less than the 90% attendance rate as per Education Queensland’s recommended level are at risk of having greater academic struggles, disengage from school and are at risk of not graduating.

Missing school means your child misses out on vital information and maintaining learning routines which can result in a loss of confidence, as well as missing out on forming vital friendships.


There is a trend for students to not attend the last week of each term. Excuses given include: going on holiday early and students advising parents that they do not learn anything in the last week of school. These absences are not acceptable reasons to Education Queensland. New work is commenced for the following term during the last week of term so it is imperative that you do attend in the last week of school.

Here at Smithfield State High School attendance is very important and your child is to attend everyday unless you do the following:

·         The parent (not the student) contacts the school and supplies a medical certificate for 3 days or more


·         An exemption or application form is filled in by the parent for the students leave to be approved by the Principal or Deputy Principal. This may or may not be approved.

Week Ten Attendance Term 1: (See nest Newsletter for Term 2)

You can see in the last week of school the attendance rate is well below the 90% Attendance rate expected.

Next Newsletter we will be talking about how you can ensure your child has good attendance!


Jenni Millsteed


Attendance Officer