Want to do well in life? Get a good job? How about mates? Would you like to make more friends?
Well, it’s not rocket science. To increase your chances of achieving these things – and more – you simply need to turn up at school, every day.
It’s like this: whatever you decide to do in life, whether it be a football player, doctor, firefighter, netballer, veterinarian, carpenter – whatever it is, you need to commit every day.
Now sometimes you may not feel like it. Sleeping in or hangin’ out playing on your phone may seem like a more attractive option.
But imagine if your favourite footy player just didn’t turn up to training - or the main game. He’d be letting the team and himself down. Or what if a bus driver decided to sleep in. There’d be some cranky passengers. Imagine if the shop owner of your favourite store just decided to go to the beach for the day. That would be frustrating. Or if a firefighter didn’t turn up to a serious fire. There’d be some serious injuries.
So we need to make turning up to school a habit.
Something you don’t think about, just do it.
Because Every day counts at school.
Being at school every day counts. If your child is absent one day per week, this quickly adds up to two months of missed school in a year.
Every day counts is an initiative aiming to improve attendance at school. The initiative promotes four key messages:
- all children should be enrolled at school and attend on every school day
- schools should monitor, communicate and implement strategies to improve regular school attendance
- truanting can place a student in unsafe situations and impact on their future employability and life choices
- attendance at school is the responsibility of everyone in the community.
Find out more about the Every day counts initiative from Education Queensland.