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So impressive - Joseph Mather has not missed a day of school in seven years

Charlie Stevens and Loukas Agathaggelou also haven't missed a day of school

First published in News

CHILDREN may be starting their school holidays and looking forward to six weeks off, but for others the break is unfamiliar.

Charlie Stephens and Loukas Agathaggelou, who are both 11, are not used to being off school, having racked up a 100 per cent attendance record over seven years of continuous schooling.

They have just finished Year 6 at Friars Primary School, in Shoebury with spotless attendance records, with Charlie not having a single day off through Friars nursery and primary school, while Loukas attended a different nursery and went on to achieve perfect attendance during the rest of his six years at Friars.

Their diligence has earned them passes to Adventure Island and the Fun Factory over the holidays.

Charlie’s mum, Kim Stephens, 44, said: “I’ve been lucky enough that Charlie is a healthy child. He’s had the odd day when he hasn’t felt well, but there is nothing he can do at home that he can’t do at school. The older he has got, the more he’s wanted to go to school.

“I don’t have anyone to look after him at home, so he has to go to school. I think we’ve been very lucky.”

Loukas’s mum, Jenny Ives, 43, said: “It’s quite an achievement.

I was really pleased when he came home with his certificate and he was really pleased as well. Touch wood, he’s been pretty healthy and we haven’t had any problems.

He loves going to school and it’s got to help with his education if he’s in every day.”

Both boys are set to start at Shoeburyness High School in September.

Joseph Mather, who attends Westleigh Junior School, has also not missed a day’s schooling through seven years of his infant and junior school days.

Cheryl Woolf, executive headteacher at both schools, said: “I am proud of these boys. To have seven years with 100 per cent attendance for seven years is incredible.

“If children are at school all day, every day, that has got to have a positive impact on their education. Good attendance makes a big difference.”

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10:04am Mon 28 Jul 14

supermadmax says...

Good, there are to many ponces about now days, the adults are the worse, any excuse for a day off : late train, snow, minor cold (which they claim is flu...) .
Good, there are to many ponces about now days, the adults are the worse, any excuse for a day off : late train, snow, minor cold (which they claim is flu...) . supermadmax
  • Score: -4

10:45am Mon 28 Jul 14

BenfleetBarrel says...

"Diligence"? What nonsense. Miss a day after being concussed playing football then you don't qualify for a reward? Get food poisoning and take it into school so you do qualify? Idiocy. There must be fairer ways of rewarding kids.
"Diligence"? What nonsense. Miss a day after being concussed playing football then you don't qualify for a reward? Get food poisoning and take it into school so you do qualify? Idiocy. There must be fairer ways of rewarding kids. BenfleetBarrel
  • Score: -1

11:20am Mon 28 Jul 14

scrounger‎ says...

My only good recollections of school were the days I bunked off.
My only good recollections of school were the days I bunked off. scrounger‎
  • Score: 5

11:45am Mon 28 Jul 14

Russ13 says...

The schools need to distinguish between authorised and unauthorised attendance.

Seems very unfair otherwise, kids get sick, that's a fact. In reality if a kid's got a hint of a stomach bug they're more than likely to be told not to come into school.

That's not to take anything away from the three boys in question here, it is a fantastic achievement!
The schools need to distinguish between authorised and unauthorised attendance. Seems very unfair otherwise, kids get sick, that's a fact. In reality if a kid's got a hint of a stomach bug they're more than likely to be told not to come into school. That's not to take anything away from the three boys in question here, it is a fantastic achievement! Russ13
  • Score: 6

12:39pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Feminism is Dead says...

I think they should be given more than a day out to Adventure Island....the prize seems a bit crummy to me
I think they should be given more than a day out to Adventure Island....the prize seems a bit crummy to me Feminism is Dead
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1:55pm Mon 28 Jul 14

MarcelloM says...

“I don’t have anyone to look after him at home, so he has to go to school. I think we’ve been very lucky.”

You mean that instead of lying in a day-bed watching cartoons, while his mum brings him soup and treats, he has to sit in lessons unable to concentrate and blowing his nose every 2 minutes?

Mamma mia! Poor bambino!
“I don’t have anyone to look after him at home, so he has to go to school. I think we’ve been very lucky.” You mean that instead of lying in a day-bed watching cartoons, while his mum brings him soup and treats, he has to sit in lessons unable to concentrate and blowing his nose every 2 minutes? Mamma mia! Poor bambino! MarcelloM
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2:23pm Mon 28 Jul 14

stopmoaning1 says...

Cheryl Woolf, executive headteacher at both schools, said: “I am proud of these boys. To have seven years with 100 per cent attendance for seven years is incredible.

Please tell me the 'Executive' Head Teacher didn't really say this.
Cheryl Woolf, executive headteacher at both schools, said: “I am proud of these boys. To have seven years with 100 per cent attendance for seven years is incredible. Please tell me the 'Executive' Head Teacher didn't really say this. stopmoaning1
  • Score: 7

2:31pm Mon 28 Jul 14

John Right says...

Feminism is Dead wrote:
I think they should be given more than a day out to Adventure Island....the prize seems a bit crummy to me
Why reward at all school is there for purpose, not for reward.
[quote][p][bold]Feminism is Dead[/bold] wrote: I think they should be given more than a day out to Adventure Island....the prize seems a bit crummy to me[/p][/quote]Why reward at all school is there for purpose, not for reward. John Right
  • Score: 8

3:51pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Feminism is Dead says...

John Right wrote:
Feminism is Dead wrote: I think they should be given more than a day out to Adventure Island....the prize seems a bit crummy to me
Why reward at all school is there for purpose, not for reward.
Agreed, but it is a nice incentive. There's nothing wrong with recognising dedication.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feminism is Dead[/bold] wrote: I think they should be given more than a day out to Adventure Island....the prize seems a bit crummy to me[/p][/quote]Why reward at all school is there for purpose, not for reward.[/p][/quote]Agreed, but it is a nice incentive. There's nothing wrong with recognising dedication. Feminism is Dead
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4:51pm Mon 28 Jul 14

SLord90 says...

Feminism is Dead wrote:
I think they should be given more than a day out to Adventure Island....the prize seems a bit crummy to me
Better than nothing hey!
[quote][p][bold]Feminism is Dead[/bold] wrote: I think they should be given more than a day out to Adventure Island....the prize seems a bit crummy to me[/p][/quote]Better than nothing hey! SLord90
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Gay Ray says...

So how about the kid who for genuine reasons (illness) missed a day or two at some time over the past 7 years? Perhaps they were advised that to go to school with something others could catch would be unfair on the others. It seems to me that they are missing out through no fault of their own. I think they are entitled to feel a little aggrieved but hopefully won't look at it that way.
So how about the kid who for genuine reasons (illness) missed a day or two at some time over the past 7 years? Perhaps they were advised that to go to school with something others could catch would be unfair on the others. It seems to me that they are missing out through no fault of their own. I think they are entitled to feel a little aggrieved but hopefully won't look at it that way. Gay Ray
  • Score: 6

8:46am Tue 29 Jul 14

Bester says...

My daughter missed out on receiving a 'reward' because she took one day off with a stomach bug. Is this really fair? Is she a bad student for not going to school for that one day, despite her pain and vomiting? Am I a bad parent for not forcing her?

Stop rewarding kids for something that is outside their control.
My daughter missed out on receiving a 'reward' because she took one day off with a stomach bug. Is this really fair? Is she a bad student for not going to school for that one day, despite her pain and vomiting? Am I a bad parent for not forcing her? Stop rewarding kids for something that is outside their control. Bester
  • Score: 5

11:25am Wed 30 Jul 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Gay Ray wrote:
So how about the kid who for genuine reasons (illness) missed a day or two at some time over the past 7 years? Perhaps they were advised that to go to school with something others could catch would be unfair on the others. It seems to me that they are missing out through no fault of their own. I think they are entitled to feel a little aggrieved but hopefully won't look at it that way.
Give them a merit star, oh diddums
[quote][p][bold]Gay Ray[/bold] wrote: So how about the kid who for genuine reasons (illness) missed a day or two at some time over the past 7 years? Perhaps they were advised that to go to school with something others could catch would be unfair on the others. It seems to me that they are missing out through no fault of their own. I think they are entitled to feel a little aggrieved but hopefully won't look at it that way.[/p][/quote]Give them a merit star, oh diddums Now listen for I have something to say
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11:26am Wed 30 Jul 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

John Right wrote:
Feminism is Dead wrote:
I think they should be given more than a day out to Adventure Island....the prize seems a bit crummy to me
Why reward at all school is there for purpose, not for reward.
.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feminism is Dead[/bold] wrote: I think they should be given more than a day out to Adventure Island....the prize seems a bit crummy to me[/p][/quote]Why reward at all school is there for purpose, not for reward.[/p][/quote]. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 1

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