High school attendance figures rise
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.