We began by posing the question:-
‘Is 90% attendance good enough?’
There was a lot of discussion around this and, as the assembly progressed, we realised that 90% attendance is really not good enough.
We learnt that 90% attendance is:
- half a day missed every week
- 4 weeks missed in 1 whole year
- 3/4 year missed in the 7 years of primary school
We considered when it is alright to stay off school and when it isn’t.
Here are some of the ones we considered:-
If you have chicken pox ü
If your brother or sister is ill. X
If you haven’t done your homework. X
If you have been violently sick the night before ü
To go on holiday X
We also talked about wages linked with qualifications and the fact that it is important to get as many qualifications as you can to help you in the world of work. Class attendance was then discussed. On a weekly basis the class with the highest attendance are awarded the ‘Attendance Banner’. In addition to this, from this week, we have now started to award any class whose attendance is 95% or above. We're having a half termly race. The racing track is displayed in the hall and the classes are designing their own racing car . If a class has at least 95% attendance they move 1 space on the track, for over 98% they can move 2 spaces and, if they get 100% attendance, they move 4 spaces. There will be a treat for the winning class/es at the end of each half termly race. The race began last week and Mrs Brown’s class are in the lead after the first lap!