Attendance 2018/2019 School Year

The school has a Three Year Attendance Plan that aims to improve pupil attendance over the course of the three years 2018 – 2021. We have a number of initiatives in the school to assist with improving attendance – monthly rewards for pupils and classes at assembly, pupil rewards for full attendance each term, text alerts to parents after 5 and 10 days absence and letters from the principal to parents after 15 and 20 days as absence reminders. Our targets for this year were:

  1. Improvement of 0.5% on baseline data (overall attendance for the year 2017/2018 which was 90.7%) in annual attendance level
  2. Special Initiative – Improvement of 1% in the attendance levels for December 2018.
  3. Eliminate having any pupils missing 80 days or more in the school year.

Target 1

We thank all our parents for their support in encouraging attendance and in supporting the implementation of this plan. On Wednesday 26 June 2019, 27 pupils were presented with a certificate and a medal for FULL ATTENDANCE in the current year. In addition, another 21 pupils were presented with a certificate for full attendance in Term 3. We have been working hard all year at each monthly assembly in encouraging pupils on attendance, picking three winners each month from each class who have been making a great effort with school attendance and having an award for the best class/grade during the previous month. We also had a presentation of a certificate and a small prize to pupils who had full attendance each term as detailed in the table below.

Christmas – Term 1 Easter – Term 2
Class Full Attendance Class Full Attendance
Third 14 Third 11
Fourth 12 Fourth 14
Fifth 8 Fifth 11
Sixth 10 Sixth 5
Total 44 Total 41

 

End of Year – Term 3 End of Year – Whole Year
Class Full Attendance Class Full Attendance
Third 6 Third 8
Fourth 8 Fourth 7
Fifth 4 Fifth 7
Sixth 3 Sixth 5
Total 21 Total 27

 

We made great progress in improving attendance up to mid May with an overall attendance of 92.1% for the year until then but have noticed a significant drop in attendance for the last five weeks of this term e.g. on Friday 31 May 60 pupils were absent. We look forward to support from our parents in addressing this next year, it is among our targets as a special initiative for 2019/2020. Attendance levels in the final weeks of this term impacted greatly on our yearly attendance at the end of June dropping back to 91.3%, resulting in just barely reaching our target improvement for this school year.

Target 2

Our special initiative for the month of December was a trip to the cinema for the best grade with attendance that month. This was chosen as a target because we had noted a significant drop in attendance during the month of December in previous years – e.g. 88.0% in December 2017. We were all very pleased that in December 2018 we exceeded our target of a 1% improvement with an attendance of 90.4%, an increase of 2.4% over the previous year. In addition, third class were very excited when the winning grade was announced and they headed off on a trip to the cinema the day before the Christmas holidays.

Target 3

While we reduced the number of pupils missing over 80 days, this target was not achieved.

Looking ahead to Attendance 2019/2020 we will work on the following targets:

  1. Improvement of 1% on baseline data (overall attendance for the year 2017/2018 which was 90.7%) in annual attendance level
  2. Special Initiative – Improvement of 2% in the attendance levels for the month of June 2020, (baseline data in June 2018 was 85.7%).
  3. Reduce the number of pupils missing 40 days or more by 25% (baseline data school year 2017/2018 was 9.1%)

Finally, we wish to thank all parents/guardians for all their support this year on improving our attendances and look forward to working in partnership with them into the future.

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