Our Grade 5 Blog

April 23, 2014
by georginacauchi

Welcome back

It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces on Tuesday morning and loads of enthusiasm for the fun times ahead in Term 2. We hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Easter break.

Our Digital Excellence Award for Term 2 is I-Communicate which links in beautifully with our use of Edmodo – an educational collaboration tool. Remember homework will be posted on this website. Students have their own usernames and passwords. Please feel free to talk to your child’s teacher if you have any questions/issues.

This term is a busy one with many great learning experiences to be shared and it is extremely important that your child attends school regularly.

Please refer to the Department of Education guidelines of school attendance below for more information:

The importance of full time attendance

Schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 – 17 years unless an exemption from attendance or enrolment has been granted.

Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally. Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 or an equivalent qualification have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives. It is important that children develop habits of regular attendance at an early age.

School participation is important as it maximises life opportunities for children and young people by providing them with education and support networks. School helps people to develop important skills, knowledge and values which set them up for further learning and participation in their community.

Conversely, limited school participation is associated with a greater chance of dropping out of school, disruptive and delinquent behaviour and may lead to a cycle of rebellion against authority. These outcomes have later implications for employment, a range of health risk behaviours (drug and alcohol abuse), homelessness, poverty, welfare dependence, and involvement in the justice system.

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