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- Created: Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 03 February 2016 10:57
Hello and welcome to SIDE. We are a vibrant, cohesive learning community committed to excellence. As Western Australia’s leading K–12 distance education provider, we extend a warm welcome to the thousands of students who will undertake their education with us this year. Opportunities abound for our students, within and beyond the classroom.
SIDE enjoys a national and international reputation for providing a holistic education and for achieving outstanding academic results in a friendly, caring and supportive environment.
Our students may be based in remote or rural communities, overseas or in metropolitan partner schools. Some students undertake full-time studies with us, whilst others may be studying part-time, completing one or more subjects with SIDE specialist teachers and the rest of their curriculum with their base schools.
SIDE is a progressive school that is responsive to the changing needs of students and the community. Our staff and students actively engage in local and international communities. Students consistently tell us that our school promotes and delivers a well-rounded, balanced education.
There is an African proverb that says, "It takes a village to raise a child." Our dedicated staff, who take great pride in working with our diverse student population, receive valuable support from parents and families who often act as home-based supervisors. Wider-community members and organisations frequently provide key learning opportunities for students in the workforce or training.
SIDE is an exciting place to be in 2016. Take a walk around the corridors of our Leederville campus and you will find visiting students working with their teachers, many with laptops connected to our wireless network. Peek into a delivery suite and you'll see a teacher wearing a headset explaining something to a class thousands of kilometres away with Saba, our web conferencing platform.
You won't have to look far to find teachers planning and building a learning program in Moodle, our 24/7 virtual classroom. Every class has its own special area, where students can engage in forums, chat rooms, learning activities and assessments. In many cases, a printed book is unnecessary – texts are electronic, and accessible through the Moodle classroom. At any given time day or night, dozens – and sometimes hundreds – of students are online, learning in the 21st century way.
Wander a bit more around the school and there's a good chance you'll meet students staying at SIDE's on-site accommodation village. We love to see the many students from far-flung places enjoying a taste of life in the city.
Teachers at SIDE pride themselves on delivering a modern, rounded education using the best possible tools. We're on a journey through the 21st century, and we invite you to join us.