Student attendance is a high priority at PASS as we believe that students who attend regularly:

  • are more likely to be successful at school
  • develop life skills such as self-discipline, punctuality and time-management
  • improve options for the future, and
  • learn and practice social skills

PASS implements an SMS system to assist with the early identification of non-attendance or irregular attendance to ensure early parent notification and response.

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compulsory enrolment and attendance at school

All children aged between 6 and 17 years of age must be enrolled and attend school regularly. Under the Education Act of South Australia, parents and or guardians are held responsible for the regual attendance of all children in their care.

A message to students

why regular attendance is important

  • the more you attend school, the more you will learn and the greater liklihood of you being successful
  • getting the maximum benefit from school will improve your options for your future life
  • attending school regularly will help develop life skills such as self-discipline, punctuality and good time-management
  • you will learn and practice the necessary social skills to live and work successfully with others
  • attending school provides opportunities for socialising with your friends and will help you to maintain relationships over a length of time

YES, unless:

You have provided the school with an acceptable reason preventing your child’s attendance, such as:

  • your child is too sick to attend;
  • your child has an infectious disease such as Chicken Pox, Mumps, Measles, Head Lice or Impetigo (cold sore virus);
  • your child is incapacitated by injury preventing movement around the school;
  • your child is accompanying you on a family holiday which cannot be arranged in school vacation time. An “Exemption from School” form will need to be completed (please contact Student Services).

If possible, debtal and medical appointments should be made out of school hours.

DID YOU KNOW? IF YOU ARE ABSENT 5 DAYS EVERY TERM THIS MEANS THAT YOU WOULD HAVE MISSED HALF A YEAR OF SCHOOL BY THE TIME YOU HAVE FINISHED YEAR 12. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT ONE DAY MISSED TAKES FOUR DAYS OF EFFORT TO CATCH UP.

Under the law, Centrelink has access to School Attendance records and can reclaim monies paid if a student is receiving an allowance and has more than five unexplained absences per term.

  • Homegroup teacher
  •  Year level Assistant Principals
  •  School Wellbeing Counsellor
  •  YES team
  •  Deputy Principal
  •  Aboriginal Education

1. Discussion of issues and concerns
2. Referral to other support agencies
3. Assessment of student learning needs
4. Negotiation of student learning plans
5. Investigation of alternative learning pathways

  • Students are expected to be at school by 8.30am for an 8.40am start.
  • If your child arrives late at school, they need to “sign in” at student services or the YES centre and receive a receipt.
  • Late students must show a receipt to their subject teacher before they will be accepted into class.
  • Whenever your child is absent from school and we do not know why, the school will contact you either by SMS text message, phone call, letter or home visit.
  •  A doctor’s certificate will be required for absences of 3 or more consecutive days when your child is ill.
  • If you know your child is going to be absent please contact the school by 9.30am.

Ongoing absences will be forwarded to the DfE Attendance Team, their role includes:

  • Working with students in a supportive counselling role.
  • Visiting students at home and consulting with parents and or guardians.
  • Identifying reasons for student non-attendance and making appropriate referrals.
  •  Monitoring student attendance and reviewing progress as necessary.
    To contact the DfE Attendance Officer, phone the Regional Office on: 86416877.
    At Port Augusta Secondary School, attendance is a focus. We aim to continue to improve our attendance rates with your support.

travel for family holidays

Parents are reminded that students are required to be in full time study between the ages of 6 and 17 years.

In situations where families take extended holidays that fall outside of school holiday periods, there is a requirement to apply for exemption from attendance.

An application form is available from the school at Student Services or on the DfE website.

Principals can approve exemptions for periods of up to four weeks. For periods longer than four weeks, the Minister of Education and Child Development has delegated the authority to the Director, Schools and Child Development.

Parents are requested to lodge applications at least four weeks in advance of the expected travel date. Applications for exemption for family holidays will always be approved, but are a legislative requirement of the Education Act.

travel allowance

To be eligible for a Student Travelling Allowance, the student must reside 5kms or more from the nearest Government School or a school bus service provided by DfE and must regularly attend an approved school.

There are various types of allowances, including Private Bus Fare Allowance, Public Passenger Transport Grant, Bicycle Allowance, and Car Allowance.

To apply, an ED226M form must be completed. If applications are approved, an ED228M form, quoting the approval number, must be completed at the end of each term or if preferable at the end of the year, to claim the approved allowance from DfE, Adelaide. More information and relevant forms can be obtained from the school.