Good attendance is very important.
You will understand that it is important for learning.
Good attendance is also a factor in a child’s social development in class.
A child who is in school regularly will find it easier to make friends and sustain friendships.
They will also know the teacher and settle in better.
TUSLA asks us to submit the names of any child who misses 20 days or more. The other nineteen days shouldn’t be seen as leeway.
We understand that sometimes children are unwell and have to stay home to recover.
However if a child was to miss 20 days in a year, they would miss 80 in their primary school career.
On average children attend school five days a week and twenty days a month.
So missing 80 days of school is the equivalent of missing four months of school.
Even missing 10 days a year would be the same as missing eight weeks of school:
the same length of time as the summer holidays here in Ireland.
Taking even a week off school in June each year to go on holidays
takes one month off the number of days a child comes to school in their school career. We can learn a great deal in a month!
The importance of being on time.
When the bell rings in the morning, the teachers bring the children to their classrooms to start school work straight away.
As the proverb goes in Irish ‘A good start is half the work’.
Being on time for school is very important. It is at this time the children get an opportunity to say hello to their friends and teacher and to ‘settle in’. You will know yourself that being ‘on time’ is a more relaxing and happier start to a day.
The first ten minutes of school is an important time of the day. It is during this time that the teacher tells the children what the day ahead will bring. Being late certainly ‘wrongfoots’ the child. They can be unsettled and spend a significant part of the morning ‘catching up’ as a result.
If there are late comers, the teacher is delayed starting the day’s work. He or she will find themselves repeating themselves as they ‘update’ each late comer as they arrive in the classroom.
This isn’t fair to the children who have arrived on time. This repetition can be tedious for them and can result in them to being giddy. Late comers slow?class work down. The teacher and students can be playing ‘catch up’ until little break as a result.
Being on time is an important life skill which will stand to your child throughout their lives.