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Attendance Matters – Lets go surfing!

Attendance Matters – Lets go surfing!

Congratulations are due. Thirty students have had near perfect attendance this year and are being rewarded with a FREE Learn to Surf day at Wollongong Beach. That’s right- if you have awesome attendance at Dapto High school we will reward you. On Monday the 12th of December we will be surfing.

If you think your attendance has been excellent drop in and see Mr Cattle and he will check your attendance and you could be on your way to the green room (surf talk).

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Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters

Congratulations are due over 140 students with 100% attendance during Term 3. Over 40 students have 100% for the year. These students will be receiving merits and certificates for their great attendance. They are also are in the running for our end of year rewards day. Last year 30 students got a free Learn to Surf day and lunch at Chicho’s all for having great attendance. Keep up the effort and the rewards will come.

Attendance letters
I will be sending letters to all parents/carers of students whose attendance is causing concern. Attendance below 85% is a concern. If your child’s attendance is below 80% it means on average your child is having one day off a week. Please feel free to call and discuss your child’s attendance.

Why does Attendance Matter?
Regular attendance not only improves academic results but enables students to develop a sense of belonging to a peer group and assists in building important coping and friendship skills. Confident students are less likely to engage in anti-social behaviour.
Regular attendance relieves stress and makes school easier.
We have lots of support here at Dapto High School to help students, in the form of counsellors, year advisors, the welfare team, senior student mentor, careers advisors etc. If you feel like you need support come and speak to us.

Late is not great
Being on time is important and at Dapto High School we actively encourage all students to be on time. If you are late please make sure a note is supplied to explain why, with a valid reason. If your child is late without a valid reason it will go down as an unjustified partial absence and this will appear on your child’s report.
Mr P. Cattle

Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters

Congratulations are due to over 125 students with 100% attendance during Term 2.  Over 70 students have had 100% for the year. These students will be receiving merits and certificates for their great attendance. They are also are in the running for our end of year rewards day. Last year 30 students got a free Learn to Surf day and lunch at Chicho’s all for having great attendance. Keep up the effort and the rewards will come

Why does Attendance Matter?

Regular attendance not only improves academic results but enables students to develop a sense of belonging to a peer group and assists in building important coping and friendship skills. Confident students are less likely to engage in anti-social behaviour.

Regular attendance relieves stress and makes school easier.

We have lots of support here at Dapto High School to help students, in the form of counsellors, year advisors, the wellbeing team, senior student mentor, careers advisors etc. If you feel like you need support come and speak to us.

Attendance letters

I will be sending letters to all parents/carers of students whose attendance is causing concern. Attendance below 85% is a concern. If your child’s attendance is below 80% it means on average your child is having one day off a week.  Please feel free to call and discuss your child’s  attendance.

Late is not great

Being on time is important and at Dapto High School we actively encourage all students to be on time. If you are late please make sure a note is supplied to explain why, with a valid reason. If your child is late without a valid reason it will go down as an unjustified partial absence and this will appear on your child’s report.

Mr P. Cattle

(L@SSO)

Attendance Matters and Learning to Surf!

Attendance Matters and Learning to Surf!

Congratulations are due! – 30 students have had near perfect attendance this year and are being rewarded with a FREE Learn to Surf day at Wollongong Beach. That’s right- if you have awesome attendance at Dapto High school we will reward you!

On Monday the 7th of December we will be surfing!

If you think your attendance has been excellent drop in and see Mr Cattle and he will check your percentage and you could be on your way to the green room (surf talk).

Mr Cattle

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Punctuality aids learning!

Punctuality aids learning!

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Dapto High School continues striving to improve attendance and lateness. In 2014 our attendance was, for the first time in many years, above state average. Our community can be justifiably proud of this achievement. We are always looking at areas to improve; punctuality has become a focus.        

Being punctual is an important part of school and working lives. Dapto High school is encouraging all students to work closely with their family to appreciate the value and positive impact of being on time. Arriving on time not only improves academic results, but enables students to develop a sense of belonging to a peer group and assists in building organisational and communication skills.

Our first bell rings at 8.28 am; all students need be at roll call by 8.32 am when the second bell rings. On site by 8.25 am is our expectation, and leaves a small margin for unexpected delays.

Students arriving after this time will be recorded as a partial absence and this will appear on your child’s school report. If you provide a note with a valid reason it will appear as a justified absence on your child’s report. If you do not provide a note or an invalid reason it will appear as an unjustified absence on your child’s report.

The following table will outline some justifiable and unjustifiable reasons for lateness

Justified reason Unjustified Reason
  • Medical appointment – Name of professional, contact number and time of appointment.
  • Religious ceremony
  • Attending an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as funeral)
  • Being sick, or having an infectious disease
  • Personal and/or Family reasons – More information is required
  • Shopping
  • Tired/ slept in
  • Part time work
  • Hair cuts/ studying
  • Baby sitting/ birthdays

Students who are consistently late will be interviewed by the Learning at School Support Officer [L@SSO] and Deputy Principals and if improvements aren’t made, a parent meeting with the Principal will be sought.

If you have any questions/concerns regarding attendance issues please be in touch

Kind Regards

Peter Cattle                                                                Andrew FitzSimons

PDHPE/L@SSO – Teacher                                       PRINCIPAL

Peter.cattle@det.nsw.edu.au

Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters

ATTENDANCE MATTERS

Hi Parents/Carers and Students

Dapto High School is off to a good start with over 200 students with 100% attendance during Term One. These students will be receiving certificates and merits shortly and are in the running for our end of school rewards day. Last year was a Free Learn to Surf day at Wollongong.

DOMINO’s Dapto Store – sponsor Dapto High with FREE Pizza. That’s right our local domino’s store is sponsoring our 100% attendance initiative. Not only do the winners get a pizza of their choice (I feel like the Demtel man but wait there’s more) but a garlic bread and drink are also included. Thanks Domino’s. To be in the draw you must have 100% attendance from celebration assembly to celebration assembly (2 weeks in a row). Good Luck

Dapto High School continues striving to improve attendance and lateness. In 2014 our attendance was, for the first time in many years, above state average. Our community can be justifiably proud of this achievement. We are always looking at areas to improve; punctuality has become a focus.         

This week I have sent numerous letters to parents regarding their child’s attendance. Attendance below 85% is a serious concern. In my role as the L@SSO, I will try to contact/interview students and parents who are causing concern. If you would like to discuss any issue’s please call.

Why does Attendance Matter?

Regular attendance not only improves academic results but enables students to develop a sense of belonging to a peer group and assists in building important coping and friendship skills. Confident students are less likely to engage in anti-social behaviour.

Regular attendance relieves stress and makes school easier.

We have lots of support here at Dapto High School to help students, in the form of counsellors, year advisors, the welfare team, senior student mentor, careers advisors etc. if you feel like you need support come and speak to us.

Please explain all absences within 7 days. This can be done by responding to SMS, phone call, note or in person.

If you are not receiving a SMS when your child is away could you please notify the school and update your details.

Cheers Mr Cattle

L@SSO – Learning at School Support Officer

 

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IMPORTANT: Attendance Changes 2015

IMPORTANT: Attendance Changes 2015

Dear Parents/Caregivers

The Minister for Education has made changes to attendance and how it is recorded. This is now referred to ACARA National Standards for Student Attendance Data Reporting. This may affect your child/ward’s attendance records.

The major change is Holidays taken by students outside of school vacation periods will now be included as absences. A Certificate of Exemption can no longer be granted for this period. This means all holidays will be recorded as absences on your child/ward’s report.

Read all of the changes in the parent letter here.

 

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Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters

Why does Attendance Matter?

Regular attendance not only improves academic results but enables students to develop a sense of belonging to a peer group and assists in building important coping and friendship skills. Confident students are less likely to engage in anti-social behaviour.

Regular attendance relieves stress and makes school easier.

We have lots of support here at Dapto High School to help students, in the form of counsellors, year advisors, the wellbeing team, senior student mentor, careers advisors etc.  if you feel like you need support come and speak to us.

In the next few weeks I will be contacting parents/ carers of students whose attendance is causing concern.

Please explain all absences within 7 days. This can be done by responding to SMS, phone call, note or in person.

Under the Education Act 1990 all absences must be explained within 7 seven days.

If you do not explain why your child has been away within 7 school days it will go down as an unjustified absence and this will appear on your child’s report.

If you are not receiving a SMS when your child is away could you please notify the school and update your details.

Late is not great

Being on time is important and at Dapto High School we actively encourage all students to be on time. If you are late please make sure a note is supplied to explain why, with a valid reason.  If your child is late without a valid reason it will go down as an unjustified partial absence and this will appear on your child’s report.   Students who are late 3 times in a fortnight or 5 times in a term will receive an after school detention if they have not explained their lateness with a valid reason.

Positive Rewards

DOMINO’s Dapto Store  – sponsor Dapto High with FREE Pizza. That’s right our local domino’s store is sponsoring our 100% attendance initiative. Not only do the winners get a pizza of their choice (I feel like the Demtel man but wait there’s more) but a garlic bread and drink are also included. Thanks Domino’s.  To be in the draw you must have 100% attendance from celebration assembly to celebration assembly (2 weeks in a row). Good Luck

Also each term all students with 100% attendance or 100% justified absences will be receiving merit certificates and be in the running for a rewards day.

Cheers,

Mr Cattle
L@SSO  (Learning at School Support Officer)

 

Featured image: creative commons licensed (BY-NC) flickr photo by Rowen Atkinson Photography: http://flickr.com/photos/scttw/535404050