Striving for high standards at Model Farms

A multifaceted approach to improving attendance is paying dividends at one western Sydney high school. Sophie Lambert reports.

Students and a teacher in front of a whiteboard. Students and a teacher in front of a whiteboard.
Image: Model Farms High School Principal Megan Clarke with happy Year 7 students.

Model Farms High students are happy to be at school, with an impressive overall attendance rate of 90.04 per cent to start 2024.

The new Year 7 students have set an exemplary standard so far, with an exceptional attendance rate of just under 94 per cent.

Model Farms High Principal Megan Clarke said she is thrilled with the school’s success so far.

The school emphasises the importance of punctuality to students to foster positive habits to benefit their futures.

Teachers at Model Farms High also strive to build a strong rapport with students, contributing to a warm, community-oriented school atmosphere. 

“Over the past seven weeks, we’ve seen a steady growth in attendance, averaging a 0.9% increase across the school,” Ms Clarke said.

“Our approach is multifaceted, celebrating and recognising attendance through End of Term awards for consistent attendance, an annual award ceremony highlighting outstanding attendance achievements and a dedicated Head Teacher overseeing attendance.”

Ms Clarke said the achievement underscores the critical role attendance plays in educational success.

“Looking ahead, we remain committed to enhancing our attendance strategies and support systems, continually striving for excellence and preparing our students for success beyond school,” she said.

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