Club 95 does the trick for Mossman High School
ATTENDANCES at Mossman High School have improved this year thanks in part to a school initiative, Club 95, which rewards good attendance.
The program is in its second year and according to principal Deborah Kachel, has contributed significantly to increased attendance and reduced lateness.
“It is like many things in life, sport, work and school, we are required to be there and on time and not just when you feel like it,” Ms Kachel explained.
“It’s been proven that good attendance is linked to success, both with school work and also in social development.”
Club 95 not only records when students are missing from school but also if students are late.
“It is very important to be at school on time as there is lots of information about the school, activities and any changes given out in the first few minutes of the day,” Ms Kachel said.
The school identified the students who have achieved a 95 per cent attendance level each term and each successful student receives a reward.
“We have 30 per cent more students in Club 95 this year than last,” Ms Kachel said.
Rewards include tuckshop vouchers, stationery items, printing credit vouchers and a certificate of attendance which can be included with the students’ employment resumes.
“The names of all the students who achieved 95 per cent attendance go into a barrel for the major draw at the end of the year.
“Students who have 100% attendance have an extra entry each term into the major draw,” Ms Kachel said, “and this year we drew six lucky winners who all received $25 gift vouchers.
“Those students who achieve 100 per cent attendance for the year are invited to a special luncheon with the Principal,” she said.
One Year 7 class received special recognition as the class with the best overall attendance.
“We need to not only encourage our students to attend on time every day but also the parents need to be educated,” Ms Kachel said, “as regular attendance develops good habits for future employment as well as academic benefits.”