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Dates and times

TERM DATES 2017                                                    

Staff commence on Monday 30 January, 2017

Student dates:                   

Term 1:                        Wednesday, 1 February – Friday 7 April

Term 2:                        Wednesday, 26 April – Thursday 29 June

Term 3:                        Monday, 17 July – Thursday 21 September

Term 4:                        Monday, 9 October – Thursday, 14 December


Pupil Free Days endorsed by the School Board for 2017 are:

30 and 31 January

24 April

30 June

22 September

15 December



8:45am                                   School starts

10:55am – 11:30am               Break time

1:30pm – 2:00pm                   Break time

3:00pm                                   School finishes

Many students eat their lunch in the first break and a snack in the second, either is allowed. Both eating times are supervised.


Prior to school

If arriving prior to 8:30am students are asked to wait in the courtyard outside TA 5-8 classrooms. Students are dismissed to go to class at 8:30 when teachers have the classes open for students to prepare themselves for the day.


After school

The admin team are generally on duty at the back car park and kiss and drive. Students still in these locations by 3.15-3.20 are generally bought to the office to wait.



At our school we are both highly sympathetic to and very understanding of legitimate illness among our students.


The research below indicates that good attendance habits established in the early years of schooling translate to successful learning. “Student Attendance and Educational Outcomes; Every Day Counts” was prepared for the Department of Education by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, UWA in May 2013. The report was based on the attendance patterns of some 415 000 Government school students in WA. It tables some interesting points.





  1. Disparities in attendance rates are evident from early schooling.


The data indicates that attendance rates diminish further in secondary school. It is critical that good attendance patterns are established in the early years, particularly Kindergarten. If good attendance is not established early, then the data says that a child’s high school attendance will be further reduced. A good start is imperative to future success.


2.    In all analyses, average academic achievement on NAPLAN tests declined as absence rates increased.


This was evident across all sub groups ie nationality, gender, transience, socio-economic status etc. Every day of attendance contributes positively toward a child’s learning. Absence from school was related to poor academic achievement, not only in the current year but in future years as well. Gaps in student learning from one poor year of attendance have a flow on effect in future years.


3.    Educators cannot improve attendance alone.


The community needs to be included. The community needs to recognise the importance of education. Achieving this can be done by students only being absent for valid illness.  Absences for birthdays, holidays in term time, appointments that could be done out of hours, for a day of rest after a busy weekend are not legitimate reasons for non-attendance at school.


If your child is absent from school, it is important for you to explain their absence as soon as they return, via email: or direct to your child’s teacher. If there are any issues that impact upon your child’s attendance please contact the school so that we are able to support you.

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