Compass School Manager



What is the Compass Parent Portal?


The Compass Parent Portal will become the primary means of communication between Patterson Lakes Primary School and home. There are a number of parent modules available in Compass and Patterson Lakes Primary School will be rolling these out over the next twelve months.


 The modules that are available now:


  • Email address and mobile phone number - update your details through the portal. The details listed will be used to send emails and SMS alerts.
  • Attendance - view your child’s attendance online, approve absences, and indicate future absence.
  • Teacher email – parents can email their child’s teachers directly.


Modules that will be rolled out over the next 12 months will be:


  • News Feed – the school will post news to parents to remind you about events and activities at the school. Your news feed will be customised, showing only the information relevant to you and your children.
  • Newsletter – the newsletter will be published on Compass and parents will be able to login to view it.
  • Excursions – approve your child’s participation in excursions and other special events. You will also be able to pay for these online.
  • Parent/Student/Teacher meetings.
  • School reports.


From the end of Term 2, 2018, all Victorian government schools are required to contact parents/carers as soon as  practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence.  If your child is absent on a particular day and you have not contacted the school to explain why, the absence will be marked as unexplained.


This system also promotes daily school attendance. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education, they learn new things every day – missing school can impede their learning.


Parents are required to contact the school on the day of the absence using one of the following methods.


Online:  log the absence through Compass.

Telephone:  leave a message on the school’s absence line.

Email:  send an email to the school advising your child’s name, class, date of absence and the reason.


How do I access the Compass parent portal?

You can access Compass by going to the school webpage and clicking the Compass banner at the top. There is also an iPhone app that you can download, search Compass School Manager.


I can't log in or I don't have my log in details.

Please contact the school on 9772 4011 if you are having any difficulty logging in to Compass.


How do I report an absence?

Full-day absences must be reported via the Compass Parent Portal.


For the appropriate child:

Click on “+Add Attendance Note/Approval (Approved Absence/Late)

Select the reason for the absence from the drop-down menu, enter details as appropriate, select the correct date and click on the Save button.


How do I report lateness/leave during school hours?

Lateness and leave during school hours are reported via the Office when you sign your child in and out (NOT via the Compass Parent Portal).


What does the term ‘Unexplained Absence’ mean?

This is Compass/DET terminology and simply means that your child has been marked ‘Not Present’ and that this has not been explained by another school activity or ‘Parent Approval’.


If you receive an alert regarding an ‘unexplained absence’, click on the alert, select the ‘unexplained absence’ you wish to approve and then click on the ‘Parent Approve’ button (above ‘Activity Name’) to enter the reason for the absence.


Please note that alerts only appear in the BROWSER version of Compass.

Please click on the following link to log into the Compass Portal