Belmay Primary School

School Times 2019

Structure of the School Day 2019

The school observes an EARLY CLOSURE EVERY THURSDAY. Staff use this time for essential planning and discussion and are unable to supervise children. Please ensure you make the necessary arrangements to have your child collected at 2.30pm on Thursdays.


Every Day Counts, Every Lesson Counts

Schools are required to analyse their attendance data, set targets for improvement and evaluate the effectiveness of improvement strategies that have been put in place. A partnership with parents is essential in making any improvements to school attendance, whether that is for late arrivals, early departures or days absent.

. . Every school day counts . . Attendance matters . . .

When attendance reports indicate that absenteeism is above 10% of total school days, follow up is required. Research is very strong in this area and when a child misses more than 10% of their schooling, the deficit has the potential to significantly impact on learning. For this reason, Department of Education Semester Reports indicate the total number of days of absence. When this is seen as a total, the number can often be quite confronting, adding up before we realise attendance has become an issue. In fact, at 10% of the time each year absent, by Year 8 a child has missed the equivalent of one year of their schooling. This would obviously have a huge impact on learning and the child’s ability to achieve their potential.


The late arrivals and early departures are something often unrelated to sickness and by addressing morning routines and rescheduling after school activities, these can often be avoided, or at least, greatly reduced. This is an area that as a school we can target for improvement as our data indicates we are well above average for signing students in and out during the school day. With parents’ assistance we should be able to make a difference. Being present for the commencement of the day and the completion of the day is important for all students. At Belmay Primary we need to make significant improvements in this area.