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Absences from school

Regular attendance at school is compulsory under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, and necessary if your child is to gain the greatest benefit from his/her education. Being at school every day counts. Unless a child is ill, it is expected that the child will be at school learning, every school day. 

The school is required to record explanations for non-attendance and therefore monitors student attendance and reasons for absences on a daily basis. If a child is absent from school for any reason, the parent/caregiver must notify the school and explain the reason for the absence on the same day. Petrie contacts parents on the day of any unexplained absence, via SMS, seeking a reason for the child’s absence.

Parents/Caregivers may contact the school at any time (24 hours) with the reason for an absence using the following options:


Phone:    3285 0360  
This is a dedicated 24-hour message only service. Please indicate your child's name, reason for absence, date of absence and anticipated duration of absence.

More information on the importance of regular school attendance
is available at ‘Every day counts’.


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