Waimea College

PHOTO: Sarah Coutier, Year 13 Photography student, 2015.

Attendance

Absence Notification Procedure

If your son or daughter is going to be absent from school, please ring the absence line 348 5073 ext 821 and leave your child’s name, Whanau form class (if known) and the reason for the absence.

If you have advanced notice of an absence, an email to the student services administrator RT@riccarton.school.nz, may prevent us from contacting you on a daily basis.

If your son/daughter is absent for five days or longer for medical reasons, a doctor’s certificate is required.

Applications for leave must be made in writing in advance to the Principal.

Absence Definitions

Justified Absence – approved by the Principal to cover the following:

  • National/local representation in a sporting or cultural event in New Zealand or overseas.
  • Bereavement leave or exceptional family circumstances, at the Principal’s discretion.

In the case of justified absence, teachers have a responsibility to assist the student to catch up on missed work or assessments. The student is responsible for liaising with their teachers and dean to organise this.

Unjustified Absence – where the Principal has been notified by the parent/guardian that the student will be absent, but the reason for the absence does not fit within the school’s policy as a justifiable reason to take the student off school, i.e. travelling overseas, family holiday, etc.

In the case of unjustified absence, the responsibility rests with the parent and student. Teachers are not required to make special arrangements for students to catch up on missed work or assessments. This will mean that if a student misses an assessment, they will not be able to get these credits.

Absence due to medical reasons:

If your child is absent due to illness, please email the Whanau teacher, or provide them with a hand-signed note, the day your child returns to school.

Senior students who miss an internal assessment due to illness will need to provide a medical certificate to allow them to do the internal assessment at a later date.