Following in the footsteps of his older brothers, Jack Karam has successfully completed primary school without missing a single day.
The Werrington resident was presented with a certificate of attendance at an assembly held last week at Penrith Public School, with his mother, Mirna, explaining how proud she is of him.
“I’m really proud of his effort to keep going to school,” she said.
“He wasn’t born here and for a while he didn’t really talk too much, especially in English, after coming from Lebanon – he was quite shy and still is a bit.”
Both of Jack’s older brothers haven’t missed a day of school with the eldest now in Year 10, and his other brother in Year 8.
“The kids have never really been sick or anything, otherwise I wouldn’t have sent them to school,” Mrs Karam said.
“They might have had the odd runny nose or two but they were never fully sick with the flu or anything which I think has to do with them just being great, healthy kids and eating right.”
Mrs Karam also puts Jack’s attendance record down to the support of his friends.
“Jack loves school and I think that’s got to do with his really great group of friends,” she said.
“Jack’s teachers tell me his friends are good kids and Jack is too, so I think it works well for him.”
Jack said he was proud to have received the certificate of attendance.
“I was really happy with it and I think it’s really cool,” he said.
In addition, Jack’s two younger siblings, one going into Year 5 and the other going into Year 2, haven’t missed a day of school either.