Attendance and Absences

We want to ensure all children get the best education possible which is why attending Bibra Lake Primary School every day is so important. 

If your child is not at school for any reason, please let us know via any of the methods below for reporting absentees. Please remember to include the reason why your child is absent so we can mark the child’s record appropriately.

Text: 0447 942 712

If your child/children arrives after the siren they must come to the office to get a late note. 

If you need to collect your child during school hours you must first sign them out at the school front office and obtain a ‘Notification of Child Leaving School Grounds Early’ form which you hand to the teacher in exchange for your child. 

Western Australian law stipulates that all school-aged children must go to and attend school every day. 

Each school is required to keep accurate attendance records for all its students. This includes taking attendance in the morning and afternoon for students in Kindergarten to Year 6. 

When a student’s attendance falls below 90%, the school principal is required to investigate the matter and develop a plan (in consultation with the family) to address and restore regular attendance. 

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 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 bringing and collecting your children on time, making sure they get nutritious meals and enough sleep and making appointments with doctors, dentists and specialists outside of school hours, and making holiday plans during school holidays and not during the school term.