High school at­ten­dance fig­ures rise

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Perera

Roe­bourne District High School has re­ported a small but sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in over­all stu­dent at­ten­dance in the past fi­nan­cial year.

Prin­ci­pal David Paine said ag­gre­gated at­ten­dance records showed there had been a rise in reg­u­lar stu­dent at­ten­dance across year groups at the school.

“We had 6.3 per cent im­prove­ment in our pri­mary and nearly 3.4 per cent in our sec­ondary num­bers for last year,” he said.

“It’s not big, but it’s a nice place to start.”

RDHS has strug­gled to counter stu­dent tru­ancy and has been part of the Re­mote School At­ten­dance Strat­egy since early 2014.

RDHS staff have in­tro­duced a num­ber of ex­ter­nal en­gage­ment pro­grams in lead­er­ship, sports and the arts to the school in the past few years, to strong re­sponses.

In­volve­ment with some of them counts to­wards stu­dent grad­u­a­tion.

Boon­deru Mu­sic Academy chief ex­ec­u­tive Qynn Beard­man said he had seen the re­sults of suc­cess­ful en­gage­ment at RDHS first­hand as his pro­gram had grown to in­clude more than 70 stu­dents in just one year of op­er­a­tion.

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