Attendance and Absences

It is compulsory for students to attend all of their timetabled classes unless they have a reasonable cause for absence.
Under the Education Act, it is not sufficient for a parent to give permission for their child to stay home unless there is a reasonable cause e.g sickness, medical appointment. Unreasonable reasons include driving lessons, staying home to revise for tests etc.
A note must be provided for any absences. Early departures must be explained with a written note or phone call from a parent/guardian on the day. Due to the flexible timetable at the College, there will be periods where a number of students may not be timetabled to attend a class. This will include a number of Workplace Learning students who may have up to 3 hours during the week without a class as they will have completed their commitments on Wednesdays.
Students may leave the College grounds when they are not timetabled for a class, as well as during lunch and recess. If students leave the College grounds during these times, they are no longer under the reasonable control and supervision of the College. The College is therefore unable to accept responsibility for injuries that befall students, or for any misconduct on the part of the students, while they are away from the College grounds during these times. Students may use the library and Café facilities during non-contact periods. Students will not be given permission to leave the College early to catch buses home.

Attendance Information For Families

How to Report an Absence 

Parents are asked to notify the College when their child has been / or will be absent from the College. We have a full time Attendance Officer, Ms Andrea Talbot who records all advised absences.  

Text messages are sent home twice a day (10.00am and 5.00pm) if your child is not at the College.  To avoid receiving a text message, please advise the absence before 9.30am.

Reporting an absentee to the College can be done in four ways:

Students who need to leave the College early

  • Parent/care giver permission is required - please use the above methods to communicate the time and reason for leaving early.
  • The student must go to Student Services to sign out and will not be released withouth parent/care giver permission.
  • If a student leaves the College without parent/care giver permission or without signing out in Student Services, they will be marked absent and an SMS message will be sent home.

Students arriving late to the College

Students who arrive to College before 8.40am in the morning are to go directly to class.
Students who arrive after 8.40am are to sign in at Student Services and parents should provide the student with a note or contact the Attendance Officer on 6207 5521 or SMS 0409 084 812 to advise why the student was late.

Acknowledgement of Country
Mindarie Senior College acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We recognise and respect the connection to the land, sky and seas of this area. We recognise and respect the continuing cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.