Come hell or high water: the teenager who has never missed school


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Teenager Nicholas Short considered himself “lucky” when the doctor told him he had shingles on a Friday afternoon.
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At least the worst of his illness would be cleared up, he figured, in time for him to be back in the classroom first thing on Monday morning.

Yes, you read that right, and no, Nicholas is not your average high school student.

Incredibly, he has never missed a day of school since he toddled off to kindergarten at Ulmarra Public School, just north of Grafton, 13 years ago.

That’s about 2600 days of school, without faking a cough or taking a genuine day off for illness.

The now 17-year-old graduated from South Grafton High School on Friday morning with a blemish-free attendance record, earning a pat on the back from principal Robert Perl at the graduation assembly.

Nicholas is one of a rare breed who listens to what his mother says, it seems.

In kindergarten, she told him: “If you’re too sick to go to school, you’re too sick to do anything.”

“I’ve been tempted plenty of times [to have a sick day],” Nicholas said. “But I always remembered what mum said.

“In kindergarten, we noticed that I happened to have 100 per cent attendance and we thought ‘we’ll try it again next year’, and then it happened, and it happened again.”

There have been challenges, of course, including this year’s floods, which inundated the Grafton area.

Nicholas got together with family and friends and brainstormed a way to get him to school, come hell or high water.

“We had to try to get through two sets of floodwaters, so we were going to go across in the tractor, and then go across in a cattle truck for the other part of the water,” Nicholas said.

“But that didn’t need to happen because they closed the school, thank god.”

Last year, when he wasn’t feeling well, the doctor told him he had shingles.

“I copped that on a Friday, and then I got better over the weekend, so that was a bit of a challenge,” he said.

He’d already had chicken pox and measles before he went to kindergarten and puts his generally good health down to “plenty of green apples”.

“I’ve never broken a bone. I am 100 per cent break free, another part of the luck,” he said.

Despite graduating on Friday, it’s not the last Nicholas hopes to see of the inside of a classroom.

After completing his HSC, Nicholas plans to head to university, where he will study to become a high school history teacher.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.


Teenager Nicholas Short considered himself “lucky” when the doctor told him he had shingles on a Friday afternoon.
Nanjing Night Net

At least the worst of his illness would be cleared up, he figured, in time for him to be back in the classroom first thing on Monday morning.

Yes, you read that right, and no, Nicholas is not your average high school student.

Incredibly, he has never missed a day of school since he toddled off to kindergarten at Ulmarra Public School, just north of Grafton, 13 years ago.

That’s about 2600 days of school, without faking a cough or taking a genuine day off for illness.

The now 17-year-old graduated from South Grafton High School on Friday morning with a blemish-free attendance record, earning a pat on the back from principal Robert Perl at the graduation assembly.

Nicholas is one of a rare breed who listens to what his mother says, it seems.

In kindergarten, she told him: “If you’re too sick to go to school, you’re too sick to do anything.”

“I’ve been tempted plenty of times [to have a sick day],” Nicholas said. “But I always remembered what mum said.

“In kindergarten, we noticed that I happened to have 100 per cent attendance and we thought ‘we’ll try it again next year’, and then it happened, and it happened again.”

There have been challenges, of course, including this year’s floods, which inundated the Grafton area.

Nicholas got together with family and friends and brainstormed a way to get him to school, come hell or high water.

“We had to try to get through two sets of floodwaters, so we were going to go across in the tractor, and then go across in a cattle truck for the other part of the water,” Nicholas said.

“But that didn’t need to happen because they closed the school, thank god.”

Last year, when he wasn’t feeling well, the doctor told him he had shingles.

“I copped that on a Friday, and then I got better over the weekend, so that was a bit of a challenge,” he said.

He’d already had chicken pox and measles before he went to kindergarten and puts his generally good health down to “plenty of green apples”.

“I’ve never broken a bone. I am 100 per cent break free, another part of the luck,” he said.

Despite graduating on Friday, it’s not the last Nicholas hopes to see of the inside of a classroom.

After completing his HSC, Nicholas plans to head to university, where he will study to become a high school history teacher.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.