There is no quick and simple solution, nor a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to
improving school attendance. However, partnerships between schools, parents and
community can assist in reducing absenteeism and making every day count at
School absenteeism and truancy can impact significantly on students' learning
Research shows that in Queensland, higher student attendance is associated,
on average, with higher student achievement. Additionally, attending school
every day helps children to build social and emotional skills such as
communication, teamwork and resilience.
Under the law, you must make sure your child is enrolled and attends school
on all school days unless there is a reasonable excuse. Schools must monitor
attendance of students and follow up with parents and caregivers any unexplained
If your child does not want to go to school, or is missing school without you
knowing, contact your school immediately for assistance and support.
monitor student attendance
notify you if your child has an unexplained absence as soon as practicable
on the day of your child's absence and continue to follow-up with you as
use effective teaching strategies to engage your child in learning
help you with strategies to encourage your child to go to school
provide support for families.
You can find detailed information in this area by clicking on the below links including:
Anxiety about going
child for high school
How can I get my teenager to
go to school?
Mental Health and Wellbeing @ HSHS
At Helensvale SHS we value each student and recognise that each individual student at any given time may have varying mental health issues and levels of resilience. The Vale Way encompasses leadership of, and structured opportunities, to develop resilience and maintain good health and wellbeing for all students and staff. Helensvale SHS conforms to Department of Education policies and Best Practice.
The Department of Education's Student learning and wellbeing framework highlights our approach to student wellbeing and learning across the whole school.
At Helensvale SHS we have our very own Community Wellbeing Wall which we update regularly with wellbeing resources for our community, including mindfulness activities, advice and resources for parents/carers and information on online safety, wellbeing apps and online learning.
To find out more information regarding support and available resources see the Student Wellbeing Hub (PDF, 384KB) , Parent Wellbeing Hub (PDF, 398KB) and Online Safety Hub (PDF, 456KB) as well as the Student Support Services and Programs section of our website.