School Beliefs and Attendance Policy

  1. Students who are motivated through learning which is relevant, interesting and enjoyable, will make wise choices in taking ownership for their learning.
  2. Learning is not confined to the classroom but is a continuous, life long process of using language and direct experience to construct knowledge.
  3. Learning requires the active involvement of the learner in a supportive environment which values risk taking, problem solving, decision making, and creative thinking.
  4. School structure and organization must support and reflect what we know about learning and the learning environment.
  5. Schools must create an ecology to nurture the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth of all individuals within the community.
  6. All members of the school community are unique and have a special contribution to make to school culture.
  7. The school community must reflect and enhance responsible, positive and life enhancing values with respect to the Earth.
  8. The school community will foster mutual respect and understanding of individual differences through modelling and communication.
  9. The school is a partner in learning with the larger community.
  10. Growth and development of a healthy school environment must include constant reflection and assessment.
  11. Students learn in different ways and at different rates.
  12. Learning is the construction of meaning which links personal knowledge with formal knowledge through interaction with the world.

ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES 2016-17

BELIEFS:

The primary responsibility of the student is to be in class, on time, to maximize his/her opportunities for success.

Numerous studies confirm excessive tardiness and absences have a direct correlation to poor student performance and are detrimental to the learning environment. Students who attend regularly and show up on time for class generate a positive learning space for themselves and others. Students, Parents, Teachers, Learning Leaders, Coaches, Student Services and Administrators all have a shared responsibility. Our attendance guidelines are directed toward creating solutions for struggling students.

Pre 15 absences: Ongoing contact with the student and their family will take place using support from parents, teachers, Student Services and Administration. Families are strongly discouraged from booking family holidays or extended breaks from school during the school year. Please regularly check Home Logic for daily updates to attendance/lates. Should absences be necessary (illness, family emergencies, etc.), students are encouraged to e-mail teachers or ask fellow learners to bring them homework.

15 + absences: Withdrawing students – A student who is passing the course will remain enrolled in the class. A student who is failing the course and has excessive absences will be withdrawn. If a student is under the age of 16, parental consent is required to withdraw. Withdrawing students is always done in consultation with student, parents, Student Services, teachers and the AP.

We are a safe community fostering a legacy of achievement, belonging and celebration.