Figures in on school no- shows
AT least nine Townsville schools fell below 90 per cent attendance last year.
This means, on avera g e , 1 0 p e r c e n t o f students in those schools were absent every day.
One of those schools – Thuringowa State High School – dropped under 80 per cent.
According to My School 2.0, attendance at Heatley S e c o n d a r y C o l l e g e , Townsville High School, Northern Beaches State School, Kirwan State High School, Rasmussen State School, Calvary Christian College, Kelso State School and William Ross State High School ranged between 82 per cent and 89 per cent in 2010.
Townsville Grammar School and St Joseph’s School Mundingburra t opped t he ci t y with 96 per cent attendance for the same period.
Ryan Catholic College and South Townsville State School recorded 95 per cent attendance.
Ryan Catholic College principal David McNeale said that the school had implemented a texting system where parents were routinely texted if their children had unexplained absences from the school.
Education Queensland Corporate Strategy and Performance Assistant Di r e c t o r - Ge n e r a l J e f f Hunt said there was an increase in the overall student attendance rate f o r Queensland s t a t e schools in Semester 1, 2010.
Meanwhile non-government school principals – including Ryan Catholic C o l l e g e , C a t h e d r a l School and Townsville Grammar School – have criticised a My School 2.0 funding table printed in the Townsville Bulletin last Saturday.
Cathedral School principal Ian Gamack said t h e t a b l e i n c o r r e c t l y showed Townsville nongovernment schools as receiving more government funding than state schools, a statement echoed by several of his colleagues.
‘‘( In the) last column ( printed in the Bulletin – a per student figure) does n o t r e f l e c t what t h e school receives from the government,’’ he said.
‘‘ The state schools are way ahead ( for total government funding), as it should be because we charge private fees for each child.
‘ ‘ Private schools get more from the Federal Government but they get significantly less from the State Government.’’