Ignatian Newsletter: 2024 - Edition #5

School Attendance: Every Day Counts

Written by
Jacqueline Salamon
Director of Students

We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.

Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future – a student missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year. By Year 10 they’ll have missed more than a year of school.

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.

Coming to school every day is vital, but if for any reason your child must miss school, there are things we can do together:

• Contact Mentor, Head of House or Reception to inform them of the absence 

              o Failure to do so will result in an unexplained absence.

Students can receive 5 unexplained absences per calendar year before the College has to report the absences to our governing body, MACS. Parents can receive a fine for not sending students to school without an acceptable reason.

• Ask your child to contact the teachers of that day to find out what work was missed / look at the LMS class page

Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your child’s Mentor teacher or Head of House as early as possible.

If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your child’s Mentor or Head of House know so we can work together to get your child to school every day.

Ignatian 2024: Edition #5 Director of Students - School Attendance