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Attendance Officer – Learning Teams: Chisholm, Frost, Hollows, Monash & Yr 12 Mrs Sharyn Collins (03) 8768 1051 berwick.college.attendance@gmail.com
Attendance Officer – Learning Teams:  Dunlop, Flynn, Kenny, O’Donoghue & Yr 12 Ms Robyn Batch (03)8768 1086 berwick.college.attendance@gmail.com

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Student Absence Information

Please note the following 24 hour phone numbers: Student absence line for Learning Teams: Chisholm, Frost, Hollows and Monash (03) 8768 1051 Student absence line for Learning Teams: Dunlop, Flynn, Kenny and O’Donoghue (03) 8768 1086 Student absence line for Yr 12: (03) 8768 1051 or (03) 8768 1086 Please provide a note on the return of your child to school (this is a legal requirement, even if you have called the absence line, please follow up with a note).

Absent From School – Parent Choice Absences

The Department has now included two descriptions for ‘parent choice’ absences. Parents may see these two descriptions in the attendance section of the parent portal.

These are:

Parent Choice Unauthorised

Parent Choice School Approved

Parent choice unauthorised are absences where the parent approves but didn’t give a reason or gave a reason that is not health related, that is not a religious/cultural observance, that is a family holiday where Principal approval has not been sought and granted and is not a special circumstance. Unauthorised absences also includes going shopping, visiting friends, missed the bus and attending a concert.

Parent choice school approved are absences where the parent approves the absence and gave a reason that is not health related, at is not a religious/cultural observance, that is a family holiday where Principal approval has been sought and granted. Approved absences also include special circumstances, unavoidable cause, unforeseen circumstances, family member illness.

The Department also uses a range of other descriptions for student absences. Some of the more common descriptions for absence from school are: medical, illness, accident, medical appointment, hospitalised, dentist, TAFE, family holidays, religious/cultural observance, bereavement, work experience, other educational activity and exempt.

Mr Mark Woodbridge Assistant Principal

Maximising Student Attendance

Unless students maintain regular attendance at school, it is unlikely they will achieve their best.  In fact, the benefits go well beyond their years at school as research has confirmed that regular attendance:

  • Develops skills and attitudes such as self discipline, punctuality and being well organised. These skills help students to become “work ready.” Regular attendance at school is more likely to be translated into the workforce.
  • Leads to making friends and learning how to maintain relationships over a period of time.
  • Leads to learning social skills necessary to live and work with others.
  • Promotes learning, performance and enjoyment of school.