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 are 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.
    • 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 the Moodle course.
    • Troubleshoot any IT problems.

    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 email is still working. If the email has changed since enrolment, send the correct email to the Student Coordinator.
    • 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 Work Completion 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 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 or email about commencement of Webex lessons.

    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 Work Completion 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

  • Schools with SIDE enrolments support students undertaking SIDE study. This expectation includes having a supervisor assigned with sufficient time to fully support students. School based SIDE Supervisors are usually teachers or education assistants but may be any other other suitably qualified community member.

    The role of a school-based SIDE Supervisor

    At the start of the year

    school supervisors:

    • contact the relevant Student Coordinator to discuss student enrolments
    • explore the SIDE website
    • ensure students have purchased the required Personal Items and Resources
    • support students to understand SIDE's assessment and attendance policies
    • assist students Logging in to SIDE's e-learning applications, troubleshoot minor technical problems and refer to our website Getting Help page
    • familiarise themselves with the ICT resources required for SIDE lessons - see Fast Track To SIDE
    • assist with organising a work/study area for students
    • assist students to ensure contact has been made with all subject/course teachers and Webex times are known
    • assist students to organise daily/weekly timetable and materials etc
    • assist students to manage their course/subject calendars.

    SIDE teachers and specialist staff will guide students/supervisors in connecting to and using the online technologies. However, technical support is the responsibility of the partner school.

    Throughout the year

    school supervisors:

    • actively supervise and support students to attend Webex lessons, effectively utilise Moodle classrooms and contact SIDE teachers regularly via phone and email
    • monitor and assist student submission of work according to course work schedules or Work Completion Calendars (available in Moodle courses)
    • implement appropriate processes when deadlines are not met by students
    • collaborate with your Student Coordinator
    • consult directly with SIDE teachers where appropriate
    • communicate with parents/guardians about student engagement in SIDE program
    • foster independent learning skills
    • monitor student progress
    • organise student visits to SIDE where appropriate
    • discuss any changes to a student’s program with your Student Coordinator
    • advise SIDE of all student subject /course changes and any changes to home contact details
    • discuss with your Student Coordinator any issues that impact on student performance.

    At the end of the year

    school supervisors:

    • liaise with school administration to determine SIDE enrolments for the next school year
    • visit the SIDE website for information and instructions for enrolling students for next year
    • ensure that students purchase the required Personal Items and Resources, return all kit, library resources and unused learning materials to SIDE.

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


    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

    Setting up 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

    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. This helps students to organise themselves for on time work submission.

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

    Semester Two 2020

    Year 11-12 Blank Composite Due Date Calendar

    This is a blank calendar. Supervisors should assist the student to transfer dates for work completion into the composite calendar and assist in monitoring work completion.

    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