Nick Short has never missed a day of school in 12 years. Photo Georja Ryan / Daily Examiner
Nick Short has never missed a day of school in 12 years. Photo Georja Ryan / Daily Examiner Georja Ryan

Nick proud of his perfect record

IF YOU were one of those kids who regularly held the hot water bottle to your forehead just before mum came in to check your temperature - "oh I'm just far too sick to go to school today" - then perhaps you could learn something from Nick Short.

Nick, unlike most school kids, has not missed one day of school in 12 years.

No sick days, no wagging, no premature holidays - none.

"I tried to pull a sickie once, but then mum said 'if you're too sick to go to school, you're too sick to do anything else and you'll have to stay in bed all day,' so I went to school," Nick said.

The Year 12 South Grafton High student had his last day of school yesterday and as he gears up for his final exams, this studious teenager can't help but be a little proud of his stellar track record.

"It was always something in the background - I would get to the end of the year and be like 'oh I haven't had a day off this year...again'," Nick said.

Even when the floods hit in 2012/13, Nick had no intentions to let Mother Nature tarnish his perfect track record.

"We were going to get my dad to drive his tractor through the water. I would jump on a mate's cattle truck on the other side and then off I would go to school," Nick said.

"I wasn't going to miss it."

He said there were huge benefits to attending school 270 days a year.

So what does a guy who has just sat in a classroom for 3240 days do?

Nick hopes to become a history teacher.

But with plans to already miss as many uni days as he possibly can, while still acing his assignments, Nick said his 100% attendance rate was over.

"I have a lot of time off to make up!" he said.



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