Attendance, Absences, Early Departures

Compulsory Parent Notification

For any absences, late arrivals or early departures, parents and guardians are asked to notify the College before 9.00am on the morning of absence by:
• Providing a parent note,
• Phone call to the College Office (08 6188 0698),
Email or
• By completing the Absentee Form on the Kennedy App under Parent Lounge.

Parents will be contacted by SMS if a child is absent and the College has not been notified.

A medical certificate is to be supplied for absences of a prolonged period of time or if they will miss an assessment/test. An absence from sport, College functions, camps etc. is regarded as absence from the College and permission must be sought by parents.

For planned leave of three days or more, parents are asked to notify the Principal at least 10 days prior to the leave by obtaining a Leave of Absence form from Student Services or parent’s SEQTA Engage. The College wishes to advise parents to make every effort not to take students on holidays during term time, as this will result in the students missing out on programmed work and assessments

From time-to-time College functions are held out of regular College hours, at which attendance is compulsory for students regardless of other commitments such as part-time employment and sporting events.

Compulsory College functions include:
• Easter Services
• Interhouse Swimming
• Interhouse Cross Country
• Interhouse Athletics
• Awards Services
• Year 10 Work Experience
• Year 7 Day Camp
• Year 8 and 11 Camps

Always refer to the Parent Lounge calendar to confirm dates. You will be provided with log in details once your child commences at Kennedy. Students who are absent on these occasions due to illness are expected to obtain a medical certificate. Students should not seek exemptions for reasons other than medical or family emergencies.

The College day starts at 8.15am and finishes at 3.15pm.
Students should arrive by 8.10am for 8.15am Form start. Students arriving late must report to Student Services. An explanation for lateness must be provided through one of the parent notification options above. Students are reminded that punctuality is expected at all times including co-curricular and extra-curricular commitments.

Late arrivals will be recorded and can result in a demerit.

All requests for early departure, exemptions etc. requires advanced notification from the parent/guardian by selecting one of the parent notification options above.
Students are only permitted to leave the College grounds during the day if the College has received a valid reason.
Students must present to Student Services to sign out. Leaving the College without signing out can result in a demerit.

Students enrolled at Kennedy Baptist College must attend school according to the College’s published term dates and set daily school hours.
Accurate recording and rigorous monitoring of the attendance of all students is a priority. Students who fail to attend school are monitored and followed up by the College.

Read more about the student Attendance Policy.

Kennedy Alumni

When you graduate from Kennedy Baptist College, you are invited to be part of our lifelong member of our alumni community to stay in touch.Please include your email and contact number for future updates or reunions.