In previous Dean’s Addresses, I’ve spoken about the importance of attendance. There are many factors that contribute to success, both academic and in other forms, and attendance is a vital part of this equation. At Year 13, we instill a large amount of trust in our senior students. While we still monitor attendance and follow up concerning patterns and trends, ultimately the students are now young adults and it must be their decision to attend regularly. This blogpost is designed to help inform our Y13 students, their whanau and support people what the consequences of those decisions are.
On average, Y13s in 2017 attend 84% of all classes. This is a drop that has raised some concern and some specific interventions with several individuals are underway. To put this in perspective, we’ve developed this table to show the impact of attending 84% of the time. Over the course of the year, that means missing approximately 160 lessons.
To inquire more into your attendance, please log into the parent portal. While it doesn’t give you a straight percentage, by flicking through the year so far you can get a fair idea of the amount of class that is being missed. If you want more information about how your attendance is tracking or support with specific strategies to increase your attendance, please contact an appropriate member of the guidance team. This team is also available for conversations around pathways – transitioning out of school before the end of Y13 is not uncommon and could be an option to explore for students not attending regularly.
None of this information is being shared to challenge that there are absolutely justified reasons for absences. However, hopefully this post provokes some thinking around priorities and values in order to help focus on what is important in the back half of the year.