The staff and school community at West Balcatta Primary School value attendance and believe that every day of attendance in school contributes to a child’s learning and that academic outcomes are enhanced by maximising attendance in school. There is no ‘safe’ threshold. We understand that for maximum educational impact 95% - 100% attendance is ideal. Attendance rates lower than 90% can have a negative effect on academic, social and emotional growth.
Our Attendance Policy is aligned with the Department of Education’s attendance documents. Historically, our attendance rates have been equal to or above that of the state and ‘like’ schools. We actively promote the importance of attending school and scheduling family holidays during term breaks.
There is an expectation that once enrolled, students from Kindergarten through to Year 6 will attend on a regular basis. Positive attendance patterns are fostered and encouraged, and support is provided to students and families to maximise attendance.