Reporting Absences

As a parent/caregiver, you are required by the School Education Act 1999 to ensure your child attends school every day that the school is open for instruction (Section 23).

To get the most out of school and learning, children need to attend, and attend regularly. Regular attendance allows children to build upon their learning and absorb it. Children who miss school in the early years of high school will have ‘learning gaps’ which impact on their later life.

Attending school regularly helps students develop confidence, social skills, resilience and teamwork.

We prefer to have absentees in writing. Therefore if a student is going to be away we encourage you to log onto our user friendly portal Compass and submit absentees. Compass has an app you can download to your phone or you can use a PC. Please contact Student Services if you require your Compass log on. You can also text our ‘MessageOutreach’ service on 0400 212 523 or email our team in Student Services Please note that we require the students full name and reason for their absence so we can record it accurately.


  1. Does my child have to attend school?
  2. Must I send my child to school every day?
  3. What should I do if my child refuses to go to school?
  4. A day or two off school now and again isn’t a concern, is it?
  5. What should I do if my child has been away from school?
  6. Regular days off school in the early years is OK & isn’t a concern, is it?
  7. What is risked by not attending school from primary school to Year 10?