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Attendance and Absences

​Glenmore State High School expects students to attend school every day. The Queensland State Government policy, Every Day Counts, lays down the expectations for Schools, Parents and Students with regards to attending school.

We strongly believe children need to attend school every day to receive the most benefits from their education. Did you realise that skipping one day a week adds up to more than a whole year of schooling missed throughout a child’s secondary education?


SMS's are sent most school days to alert parents/carers that a student has been marked as an unexplained absence. These SMS's can be replied to stating the reason for the absence.

The school also has a dedicated email address for parents to use to notify the school of the absence and reason for the absence. This address is

Research shows that students who have a good attendance record are more likely to achieve high results. Going shopping, visiting family, staying up late, being tired or extending school holidays are not acceptable reasons to be away from school. Visit the Department of Education and Training website for more information.

Check out the new Every Day Counts videos live on DETE TV.

School absenteeism and student attendance

School absenteeism and student attendance is a complex issue which includes a range of student behaviours including school refusal and truancy.
Parents, caregivers and schools can access strategies to improve student attendance through the Every day counts resources.
Every day counts is a state wide initiative that aims to assist in improving student attendance at school through a shared commitment by students, parents, caregivers, schools and the community to improve students' attendance at school.
To do this, Every day counts 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.

Enforcement of Attendance

Glenmore State High School is obliged to follow the Enforcement of Attendance protocols and guidelines set by the Queensland Government.
On a daily basis, upon the completion of roll marking, an SMS is sent to the main carers mobile phone alerting that their student is away unexplained that day. We ask that this message be replied to by either reply SMS, contacting the school or supplying the student with a explanatory note on their return to school stating the
valid absence reason (DOC,279 KB).

Attendance Videos

 The following links show videos reinforcing the value of school attendance.