Attendance at a glance

Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 12:48 p.m. Print Article

Attendance at a glance for Waimate Centennial School

Each year we send our attendance data to the Ministry of Education. We receive a summary of the information to help us plan for better attendance. These are a few of the statistics about our student attendance.

In 2019

  • the percentage of students attending regularly was highest in term 4 and lowest in term 2
  • Year 2 had the highest percentage of students attending regularly
  • Year 1 had the lowest percentage of students attending regularly
  • Female students had the highest proportion of justified absences
  • Male students had the highest proportion of unjustified absences
  • Year 6 students had the highest proportion of justified absences
  • Year 4 students had the highest proportion of unjustified absences

Justified absences include when a student is sick and unable to attend school.

Unjustified absences include but are not limited to, “no reason given” through “going with the family to siblings’ appointments” or having time away from school for “friends and family visiting”.

Everyday Matters

This is the message that Waimate Centennial Board of trustees wants to pass on to our community. Everyday makes a difference when students are at school. There is no safe level of non-attendance. If students are not in school, they are not accessing the curriculum and there-fore missing out on key learning.  

Alongside effective teaching, attendance has the biggest in-school influence on student engagement and achievement. Higher rates of attendance are linked to better wellbeing levels for students. Those students who are at school regularly and consistently have more connections to their friends and emotionally they are more secure.  If a child or young person stops attending school regularly, it becomes more difficult to stay connected to school friends and teachers and to catch up with work.


We take our responsibilities for student’s attendance seriously and work closely with families and whānau to help support regular attendance at school.


Other steps to improve attendance include our sustained focus on quality teaching practice. This is the second year we have focused on improving Maths teaching and learning. Well-being for students is something we are working hard on. Engaging with our students’ culture and pastoral care is important. All our students are learning Te Reo and finding out about the Maori world.


This year we intend to develop our localised curriculum. Students will have more understanding of the context that they are learning in and the curriculum will include things they are interested and passionate about. We have high expectations for our students, we work with them, families and whānau to ensure they are engaged and actively involved at school.


It is never too late to improve attendance and achievement, but the longer poor attendance lasts the harder it becomes to successfully put this right.


Everyday Matters for your child!