Club 95 does the trick for Mossman High School

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

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.”

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