At South Halls Head Primary School, we want your child to achieve their very best. To get the best education, they need to attend school every day.

Developing a habit of going to school every day is vitally important so that your child does not miss out on important ideas and skills they need for future learning. Going to school every day helps children learn the important life skill of ‘showing up’ – at school, at work, to sport and other commitments.


Do I need to let the school know if my child will be away from school?

Yes, you need to let the teacher, front office or principal know the reason why your child is going to be absent as soon as practical. You may do this by phoning the front office on 9584 6200, emailing the school on, messaging the school message service on 0437 418 923 or by adding an 'Attendance note' via the Compass parent portal

Where possible, please discuss any upcoming absences in advance so that we can let you know of important learning or activities your child will miss out on. In addition, this enables us to enter future absences so that you don’t receive correspondence regarding your child’s absence. If a student is absent due to illness, we may request a medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner.

The School Education Act 1999 requires that we maintain accurate records in order to identify patterns of absence at both a school and individual student level.



What do I do if my child is late?

If your child arrives after the 8:20am siren, they will need to come through the school office for a late slip. As class rolls are done early, this ensures that your child is marked as present and you don’t receive a message regarding their absence. It also assists us in knowing where students are in case of emergency.


How can staff at South Halls Head help if I am struggling to get my child to school?

We know that some children may need extra encouragement to go to school regularly. By working together, our school community can address some of the reasons why your child may not want to go to school.

South Halls Head Primary School will:

  • Offer developmentally, socially and culturally responsive learning opportunities to engage students.
  • Monitor every student’s attendance and work with parents to overcome problems affecting attendance.
  • Provide predictable routines to help students know what to expect to reduce anxiety about going to school.
  • Talk with you about involving support staff such as school psychologist, chaplain, school nurse, and other agencies or organisations to help.
  • Talk with you about local services that may also be able to help such as Mandurah Community Health, Strong Families and Clan WA.

Click here for Attendance Policy