Attendance ambassadors honoured

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Karama Primary School’s student attendance ambassadors have been recognised at an end of term assembly.

The students starred in the department’s recent Make School Your Story television and social media campaign, which encourages children to attend school every day.

Certificates of appreciation were presented to the rising rappers at the virtual gathering, which also celebrated a surge in attendance at the northern suburbs school.

Through a concerted effort and focus on supporting students and families, Karama Primary School recorded an 84 per cent attendance during Term 2, an increase of 10 per cent from Term 1 2020.

Principal Maria Albion said the lift in attendance coincided with a review of the school’s attendance policy and the introduction of new initiatives to engage students and families.

Daily attendance data analysis guides a ramped-up home visit schedule, phone calls to families, and the delivery of fortnightly attendance letters to parents.

Pizza and casual dress days, discos, and investing in new outdoor play equipment have also helped make attending school more attractive.

Ms Albion said the school was preparing to place an even greater emphasis on attendance during Term 3.

“We’re forming an attendance committee made up of parents, staff and student representative council members to monitor strategies in place, measure their impact and discuss new ideas,” she said.

“One idea we are considering is the establishment of a ‘human bus’ program. This will involve a parent and teacher walking a route that passes the homes of children who are often late to school, or whose parents have identified difficulties in getting them to school.”

Attendance ambassadors honoured
Paul Nyhius, Senior Director, School Improvement and Leadership; Karen Weston, department Chief Executive; Maria Albion, principal; and student rappers.

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