Our aim is that your child will enjoy coming to and being at school. Every day at school matters. Consistent attendance and participation are essential for your child’s social and academic learning.

The staff and school community at Karratha Primary School value attendance and believe that every day of attendance in school contributes to a child’s learning and that academic outcomes are enhanced by maximising attendance in school. There is no ‘safe’ threshold. We understand that for maximum educational impact 95% - 100% attendance is ideal. Attendance rates lower than 90% can have a negative effect on academic, social and emotional growth.

There is an expectation that once enrolled, students from Kindergarten through to Year 6 will attend on a regular basis. Positive attendance patterns are fostered and encouraged, and support is provided to students and families to maximise attendance. It is compulsory for children in Pre-primary to Year 10 to attend school on a full-time basis from the start of the school year. Whilst Kindergarten enrolment is not compulsory, children enrolled in Kindergarten are expected to attend regularly also. 



If your child is going to be absent from school, we ask that you phone the school on 9187 6300 as early as possible informing the school the reason for the absence. Alternatively, you can SMS the mobile number 0419 948 128 with your child’s name, the date of absence and reason. You can also email with the above information.

We use an SMS alert system called Outreach.  This means that if your child is absent, you will receive a text message advising you of their absence if we have not been notified in advance. You can reply to the SMS with a reason for your child being absent.