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We want to make sure all children get the best education possible which is why attending school every day is so important.

Daily attendance is compulsory and this supports teachers and students in maximising learning outcomes.

Developing the habit of going to school every day is vital so children do not miss out on important ideas and skills they need for future learning.

Did you know:

  • missing half a day of school each week equates to one month of missed learning each year
  • the attendance habits set by children when they first start school continue throughout their school life
  • if children miss half a day of school each week between Pre-primary and Year 10, they would miss almost one full year of learning
  • learning is cumulative – if children miss a day, it is harder for them to catch up.

You can help by arriving and collecting your children on time; making sure they get nutritious meals and enough sleep; and making appointments with doctors, dentists and specialists, and making holiday plans during school holidays and not during the school term.

If one of your children is unwell and unable to go to school, let the school know straight away. If they miss a day it is important you talk with their teacher to find out how you can help them catch up. If your child cannot attend school because of their mental or physical health contact your school to see what options are available for your child. 


‘Messageyou’ is a Department of Education software program for attendance, absences and also enables schools to send out SMS text message notifications to parents.

Our 'Messageyou' mobile number is 0437 783 622 and can be used for parents to send SMS notifications in advance of their child's absence which is then then transferred onto the school attendance data base.

Parents are advised that the school requires to be notified of all absence explanations including appointments, vacations and lates by 9.00am each morning, otherwise parents will receive a SMS indicating your child is not at school. Students who arrive late or return to school after an appointment etc will still require to sign in at the front office and take a card to their class teacher.

Accidents and Sickness at School

If your child is so unwell he/she needs individual care and attention, please keep him/her at home. Your consideration for other children’s health is appreciated. An email or telephone call to the school would be appreciated if your child is going to be absent for a few days, particularly if it is due to an infectious condition.


Swanbourne Primary School
Narla Road, Swanbourne WA 6010
(08) 9253 5300

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