Introduction
This policy is put in place to ensure full participation of every pupil in school life. It is consistent with the Mission Statement of the school which encourages each participant in the school community to ‘strive for academic excellence’ and ‘to fulfil his/ her potential’.

A number of initiatives have been put in place to encourage good attendance and punctuality:
A) Prizes are awarded annually for Attendance
B) Tutors regularly remind students of the need to be in class and to be on time
C) The school policy in relation to these issues are reviewed regularly
D) The Student Diary is designed to assist parents and pupils to deal with absences and lateness easily and efficiently.
E) Parents are regularly advised of the issues
F) E-PORTAL is used to keep records

Unexplained absences, poor attendance and poor time-keeping undermines the stated aims of the school and, as such, these issues are viewed with the utmost seriousness by the school authorities.
The following procedures are in place to ensure good attendance and punctuality.

Procedures for Absences:
Roll call is taken by the class teacher, using E-PORTAL, at 8.55am and 2pm.
A student who is absent at the end of the first period of class in the morning /afternoon is recorded as absent.
When a student has been absent from school a WRITTEN EXPLANATION, covering the period of absence must be furnished to the school authorities. This written explanation must be signed by a parent or guardian. Space is allocated in the STUDENT DIARY for the written explanations.
When the student returns to school, the WRITTEN EXPLANATION must be presented to the ATTENDANCE OFFICER.
The ATTENDANCE OFFICER will be available to students from 8.30am to 8.50am in the MEETING ROOM.

Having notes signed by the ATTENDANCE OFFICER will not be accepted as an excuse for being late to class.
The Attendance Officer will stamp the Student Diary to show that a written explanation has been received.
The student is now free to return to class.

Unexplained Absences
No student will be allowed to attend class following an absence without furnishing a written explanation to the school authorities as per procedures outlined above.
If a student presents at school without a written explanation following an absence, the student will be removed from class by the Principal/Deputy Principal and the parent/guardian will be contacted. If a parent/guardian is unable/unwilling to furnish a written explanation, the parent/guardian will be advised to make arrangements to collect the student from school. If this is not possible to collect the student immediately, then the student will be put on INTERNAL SUSPENSION from class and sent home at the end of the school day with a STANDARD LETTER FOR UNEXPLAINED ABSENCES.
The student will be allowed to return to class when a Written Explanation is received as per procedures above.

Where a student presents without written explanation of absences on a consistent basis this will be deemed to be a serious breach of discipline and will be dealt with through the Discipline Procedures in the school.

The Role of the Attendance Officer
The Attendance Officer will collect all Written Explanations for absences .
The Officer will be available to students between 8.30am and 8.50am every morning at the MEETING ROOM.
The Officer will have a list of unexplained absences every morning.
As students present with written explanations, the list will be amended.
The Officer will stamp the Student Diary to record receipt of the explanation.
The amended list will then be returned to the school office .
The outstanding unexplained absences will then be compared to the attendance data of the day by the Principal/Deputy Principal.
Students who are shown to be in attendance without furnishing a written explanation will be dealt with as per procedures above.
Outstanding absences will roll over to the following day’s list.

Punctuality
Any student who presents for school after 9.35am is registered as ABSENT and will be dealt with as per procedures above.
The ATTENDANCE OFFICER will record late-comers and stamp the Student Diary with a LATE STAMP.
The Attendance officer will be available 8.55-9.35am and 2-2.40pm.for the purpose of recording late-comers.
Any student who is late without a written explanation is deemed to be late and will be given same day lunch time detention.
Detention will take place between 1.05pm and 1.25pm.
There will be a designated detention room.
Failure to attend for detention will result in automatic suspension.
If the student is already on detention for a subject teacher, the teacher’s sanction takes priority and the student will complete outstanding detention on the following school day.
If a student presents late for first class in the morning, the class teacher will send the student to the Attendance Officer and will be given same day lunch-time detention as outlined above.
If a student presents late for first class in the afternoon, the teacher will send the student to the Attendance Officer and will be give lunch-time detention on the following school day.
Punctuality throughout the school day is strongly advised.
Persistent late arrival to class without adequate explanation is considered a serious discipline issue and will be dealt with as per Discipline Code.