Every student requires support and guidance in their schooling. Online learning at SIDE is a different style of learning requiring IT skills and a high level of independence.

The following resources are intended to support parents and school-based supervisors in carrying out their important roles.

  • Effective communication between parents, students, teachers and the Student Coordinator is essential.

    Here are some frequently asked questions for Year 7-12 Parent Supervisors.

    How can I find out more about teaching and learning at SIDE?

    Teaching and learning at SIDE is heavily dependent upon technology. Students attend live subject lessons in Webex, and use Moodle to access course work materials and submit assessments.
    • Read Fast Track to SIDE for more detail about online learning at SIDE and support for your child’s education.
    • Contact your child’s Student Coordinator who enrols and monitors your child during their time at SIDE.
    • Be familiar with the SIDE website.

    What are the ingredients for SIDE success?

    You can support your child to:
    • be organised
    • be effective in their time management
    • communicate regularly with their teachers and Student Coordinator
    • ask questions
    • visit SIDE
    • stay connected, read Moodle announcements, and news and newsletter articles on the website
    • set up a suitable work area that includes:
      • required IT resources
      • phone
      • storage area for materials
      • desk, chair and general stationery
      • resources from Booklist.

    Check Fast Track to SIDE for further details about IT resources.

    How will my child know how and when to get started?

    • If your child is new to SIDE they will receive an email with Getting Started at SIDE in the subject line, sent by SIDE 360.
      • The email is important because it provides your child’s username and password for Moodle.
      • It is sent to the student’s email address provided at enrolment. If this has changed contact the Student Coordinator immediately.
      • From 2021 all SIDE students will use their DoE email for all communication.
    • Remember to check the Junk Mail folder.
    • Students who are:
      • new to SIDE and commencing at the beginning of the school year will receive their start email toward the end of January.
      • new to SIDE and commencing after the beginning of the school year will receive their start email within a few days of enrolment.
      • re-enrolling at SIDE use their past login to access Moodle.
    • When your child logs into Moodle they will see Launchpad or Essentials which are Moodle courses that provide information about studying at SIDE and start activities. Subject courses will appear as teachers add your child to their course.
    • Teachers will contact your child by phone or email regarding Webex classes and Moodle courses.
    • Troubleshoot any IT problems.

    How will my child know when Webex classes start?

    Webex classes will start by Week 2 of the school year.

    Webex lessons logoTeachers will provide details about Webex lesson times in their Moodle course. Students should look for this logo.

    Teachers will also contact your child by phone, email or Moodle announcement about commencement of Webex lessons.

    How can I support my child to get started at SIDE?

    • Read Fast Track to SIDE especially the sections related to technology and getting started.
    • Check Booklist and buy stationery and textbook requirements.
    • Be involved. Email or phone the Student Coordinator and teachers rather than worry or wonder.
    • Make sure that your child’s DoE email is working.
    • Read and access support materials and resources on the SIDE website. These resources are updated regularly.
    • Help your child to set up their work / study area and a list of SIDE contacts that includes their teachers and the Student Coordinator.
    • Check that all teachers have contacted your child. If you don’t know who the teacher is, contact the Student Coordinator.
    • Print the weekly timetable and Due Dates Calendar templates.
    • Assist your child to organise and complete a weekly timetable and a semester Work Completion Calendar that includes all Webex lessons and assessment dates.
    • Read and discuss SIDE’s assessment and attendance policies with your child.
    • Check that your child has received an initial dispatch from SIDE and relevant resources from the SIDE Library Resource Centre.

    How do I know who to contact at SIDE?

    Telephone SIDE reception (9311 1400) as a starting point until you know your child’s teachers.

    Assist your child to make a list of all class teachers so you have a contact list that you both can use.

    Contact the Student Coordinator if in any doubt.

    Can I contact my child’s teachers?

    Yes! SIDE welcomes your contact. If you do not have email addresses or phone numbers, contact SIDE Reception on 9311 1400 and ask to be transferred to the teacher.

    Who do I contact if my child has a problem?

    Use email and phone to communicate with teachers and the Student Coordinator.

    When should I contact the Student Coordinator?

    Student Coordinators enrol and monitor your child’s progress at SIDE. They should be contacted if:
    • you have any concerns about your child
    • contact details are changing
    • you anticipate any planned absences
    • there are unplanned absences
    • there are any changes in your child’s life that may impact upon their schooling
    • you have any questions.

    How can I monitor my child’s progress during the year?

    • Parent Connect is an excellent resource for parents. It provides access to information about your child’s education, including, but not limited to:
      • your child’s classes
      • assessment results for secondary subjects
      • Interim and Semester Reports.
    • Familiarise yourself with Parent Connect as it provides communication to parents about the school.
    • Contact the Student Coordinator for a summary of progress in all subjects, if required.
    • Be familiar with the Attendance policy and respond to teacher emails or letters of concern.
    • Contact your child’s teachers to discuss progress.
    • Use the Due Dates Calendar to monitor that your child is submitting work to teachers via Moodle.

    What happens at the end of the year?

    • If your child is continuing at SIDE:
      • Complete the re-enrolment forms for your child or inform the Student Coordinator if your child is transferring to another school.
      • Purchase the Booklist items for subjects and courses for the following year.
    • Return all kit, library resources and unused learning materials to SIDE.

    Parent Supervisors FAQ

  • Introducing the School-Based Supervisor role
    School-based supervisors are assigned by schools to support SIDE students to be successful in their SIDE programs.

    This is a crucial role. SIDE teachers teach the students. The school supervisor’s role is to support students by:

    1. assisting students to organise themselves to:
      • attend online lessons
      • submit work on time
      • make time each day for their SIDE studies.
    2. communicating with SIDE teachers, parents/guardians, and school administrators.
    3. encouraging and managing students during the day as they work through their timetable.
    4. supervising assessments and liaising with SIDE staff regarding their receipt and return.

    The workload of the school-based supervisor will depend upon many factors including: number of students, year levels, geographical location, number of subjects/courses selected, and whether SIDE provides some or all of the student program.

    The Student Coordinator is your best friend at SIDE. Maintain regular contact. They can help with SIDE related matters and put you in contact with mentor school supervisors in like schools.

    SIDE is an online school. Students have regular Webex lessons and access resources and activities in Moodle. Each course has a Moodle web space that includes a Getting Started section containing essential information regarding assessments, and course delivery.

    Student attendance in Webex classes, and Moodle participation is monitored and used by SIDE as attendance indicators. Classes commence promptly so students need to allow some time before the lesson commences to log in.

    It is essential for students to make contact with their teachers regularly and consistently by email or phone.


    Organising to be an effective SIDE supervisor
    Your own organisation and communication is critical. Spend some time to save time.

    Teachers and Student Coordinators communicate with students through Moodle announcements, email and phone.

    Organise all of this communication in the most efficient and effective way for you.

    Some suggestions

    • Check emails regularly, at least twice daily to keep up-to-date.
    • Store emails so that they can be retrieved easily. For example, in folders by student name.
    • Consider keeping a diary to note important details for each week and day, eg student due dates, information about examinations, problems with IT, etc.
    • Display student timetables indicating times for online lessons/contact.
    • Try to be available by phone. If this is difficult, contact the Student Coordinator and indicate when you are available for calls, or if email contact is best.


    Getting students started with SIDE
    Follow these easy steps to get students started:
    1. Confirm that students from your school have been enrolled at SIDE.
    2. New to SIDE student supervision - Read Fast Track to SIDE so you understand more about SIDE and online learning.
    3. Contact and talk to the relevant Student Coordinators about student related matters.
    4. Request a list of students and subjects they are enrolled in at SIDE.
    5. Go to the E-Learning > Troubleshoot, on the SIDE website, for ICT assistance.
    • The student has a suitable work area.
    • The student has access to suitable IT, including a headset with a microphone, to attend Webex lessons and access Moodle.
    • The student has received the Getting Started at SIDE email sent to the student's DoE email.
    • SIDE teachers have contacted students and the students have timetabled their Webex classes and other contact times.
    • The student has accessed Moodle and has created a Moodle profile with username and password. They will see their Moodle course once this is completed.
    • The student has purchased texts if required and/or that materials sent from SIDE have been dispatched from SIDE and received by the student.
    • Contact details for SIDE teachers for your students are collated so you and the student know who they are, and their phone and email contacts.
    • Students to create a composite Due Dates Calendar using the downloaded file. This will assist students with forward planning for work completion.
    • Students to complete a weekly timetable that includes Webex and time to do classwork and assessments. Your school may have a timetable that students need to adhere to for subjects taught in the school.


    Keeping students connected at SIDE
    Check, review and communicate with students, Student Coordinator and SIDE teachers.
    • Consider keeping a SIDE diary to record student follow up (including SIDE teacher emails).
    • Start of week – review with students work due during week, changes in due dates, any reminders, etc.
    • Check students have written due dates and important information in their school diary.
    • Encourage students to maintain contact with teachers especially when they have problems.
    • Discuss progress with student, SIDE teacher and Student Coordinator as required.
    • Identify issues that may impact on student performance and discuss these with the Student Coordinator.
    • If using a whiteboard for SIDE students, write Webex timetables or due date reminders on whiteboard.
    • The Student Coordinator can be contacted if you would like additional information about your students.
    • Communicate with parents as appropriate.
    • Monitor student participation, especially attendance at lessons.
    • Troubleshoot ICT problems and notify teachers, SIDE IT support or the Department’s IT Help Desk as required. Contact the Student Coordinator so they are aware.


    Networking with others
    Communicate with other supervisors, visit SIDE or look at some examples of best practice.

    SIDE Student Services would like to thank the following experienced SIDE Supervisors who have agreed to support new supervisors in this role.

    NameSchoolContact detailsNote
    Anne Sheehan Menzies Community School MCS: (08) 9024 2049
    High-school: (08) 9024 2570
    Call after 2:30pm most days of the week.
    NameSchoolContact detailsNote
    Kellie Jackson East Kimberley College (08) 9168 4466
    5 years’ experience as SIDE Supervisor at EKC.
    Available for email at any time or calls preferred after 2.15pm.
    Will Spark Broome Senior High School (08) 9195 3142
    6 years experience as SIDE Supervisor.
    Available for email or calls.
    NameSchoolContact detailsNote
    Christine Waring Eaton Community College (08) 9796 7062
    Happy to help by phone, email or face to face meeting.
    NameSchoolContact detailsNote
    Caitlin Hogan Mukinbudin District High School (08) 9047 1351
    Available Monday – Friday 9am–3pm via phone or email.
    2 years' experience as SIDE Supervisor for Year 11 and 12 students.

    Yr8 Pannawonica
    Assessment Schedule Pannawonica
    Term 4 Planner
    SIDE Room Dalwallinu
    Whiteboard WebEx Lessons
    Yr11 Timetable Example
    Yr7 Timetable Example
    Term Planner in the Wyndham DHS SIDE room





    School-based supervisor information booklet

  • Parents and school-based supervisors can use the following documents which have proved useful in supporting students to become more organised and effective.

    Fast Track to SIDE provides an overview of online learning and key strategies to assist students.

    Read Fast Track to SIDE to find out more about:

    • setting up a space for students to work
    • IT requirements for SIDE students
    • online learning at SIDE
    • self-organising ideas.


    Set up a weekly SIDE Timetable
    A timetable is essential for home and school-based students.

    Students should build their timetables considering:

    • SIDE Webex lessons
    • existing school timetable (school-based student)
    • morning tea and lunch breaks, homework/revision
    • student’s most productive time
    • minimum time requirements for each subject and sharing these across the week.

    Year 11-12 Blank timetable – 45 minute periods

    Year 11-12 Blank timetable – 60 minute periods

    Year 7-10 Blank timetable – 40 minute periods


    Due Dates Calendar
    A composite Due Dates Calendar assists students to submit required work on time.

    Each SIDE teacher provides a Course and Assessment Outline (and a Due Date Calendar) in the Moodle course. Where students study several subjects or courses they should create an overview of all the due work across the semester.

    Note: Due dates may change and students should adjust their calendar accordingly

    Semester Two 2020

    Year 11-12 Due Date Calendars

    Year 11 and 12 requirements vary. A blank calendar allows students to complete their individual due date. Supervisors should assist the student to transfer dates for work completion into the composite calendar and assist in monitoring work completion.

    Year 11-12 Blank Composite Due Date Calendar

    Year 7-10 Due Date Calendars

    SIDE Student Services has part-completed the due dates for five subjects (English, HaSS, Maths, Science and Health) on these composite calendars. Supervisors should assist the student to transfer work due dates for other subjects and monitor work completion.

    Year 7 Composite Due Date Calendar

    Year 8 Composite Due Date Calendar

    Year 9 Composite Due Date Calendar

    Year 10 Composite Due Date Calendar


    Key Contacts

    Students need to maintain good communication with their SIDE Student Coordinator and teachers. Some supervisors write contact information on a whiteboard in the SIDE classroom. Others prefer something in print.

    SIDE Key Contacts