QLD Catholic/Independent School Absences 16yo

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Poidah

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9 November 2017
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Ex-wife has a very casual and laissez-fierre attitude to school attendance.
Now the 16 year old has missed so much school this year, so will not be able to obtain a Year 12 leaving certificate. Despite this, ex-wife has refused enrolment to a nearby state school and as the non-resident parent without the birth certificate, I have little or no say. There seems to be no attendance school policy as it is a private/independent school. So it seems that compulsory attendance is not mandated unlike at state schools. The school has not been proactive or actively contacting me with school absences as well, so it seems farcical to continue to pay school fees with minimal support and no secondary school outcome. Are there any way to improve prospects for the year 16 old, or compel an improved attitude to school attendance at all?
Have not gone to mediation and was just hoping to do financial consent orders but things are getting worse.
 

Immismum

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If you are on the birth certificate you can order your own copy. That’s one issue solved.
doesn’t solve the issue of attendance at school though, sorry!
 

sammy01

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If you're paying the fees, stop paying. Simple. Notify the school that you're withdrawing your child.
 

Poidah

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Can't do that apparently, private schools do not allow withdrawing children unless both parents agree. And as a non-resident parent with a 16 year old who is in some instances an adult, it is very messy.
I tried finding out the rules for expelling or refusing enrolment due to lack of attendance and they are refusing emails and refusing to reply. So now looking at the awkward situation in insisting that parental responsibilities are broken and they have broken their school responsibilities in the enrolment contract. Feeling quite nauseated and sick about it all

 

Poidah

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It does get very confusing as 16 yo gets towards adult age and doesn't want to upset either parents too.
"A recent academic article[3] has hypothesized that “adult students may challenge the notion that their parents are ‘in control’ of their activities and that their information should be reported to parents”.

 

sammy01

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Surely u can just notify that u are not gonna pay the bill.