Artist statement

This self-portrait was created to reflect the way pressure and expectations affect my mental and emotional states. Braiding has connotations of love as an act of service, this painting aims to subvert this, the hair pulled tightly causes tension and pain. I wanted to explore the way benevolent intentions can still have damaging consequences. The different directions the hair is being pulled reflect uncertainty and confusion, due to contrasting expectations, choices and pressures. The tightly knitted sweater has started unravelling, mirroring the mental deterioration.

Artist statement

Grey Scale Perspective reflects on the relationship between a loving parent and their child. In the parent’s mind their children will always be their children, leading them to be loving and protective. This is reflected through the black and white figures, with the father spoon-feeding their child. The love one feels from a parent is often unconditional, which can lead to anxious questioning of whether that love is deserving or not. The veil of anxiety and worry is represented through the overwhelming scene and unfinished areas of canvas, showing the incomplete and immersive state of anxiety felt by the child.

Artist statement

This is an achromatic close up portrait of an old man. Chiaroscuro effect has been portrayed within the right side of the image, creating a strong focal point of the eyes which are central to the image, showing a concerned expression. This piece is a representation of the powerful emotions which were felt during the painful and distressing pandemic and the effects it has had on the older people. The intended goals for my finished piece was to get the viewers to feel an emotion of empathy from the man’s face, influenced by the artist Kathe Kollwitz who used black contouring lines to create compassion and sorrow, similar to the emotions which are trying to be portrayed in my art. I wanted to express the fragility of life.


My artwork ‘Bloom’ depicts a cluster of roses developing through their life cycle. The new bud is sweetly coloured and ready to unfold. The rose is bright in full bloom, while the wilting flowers gain shadow. The spent rose hip bears the stamens that ensured its reproduction. I wanted to show nature’s story of birth, life and death juxtaposed in a beautiful way.


‘Flourish’ portrays a singular rose thriving in its own glory. The flower is bright, beautiful and healthy. This rose represents me. While studying through SIDE Distance Education, I have become very self-reliant, and have learnt that I can achieve great things on my own. This painting reflects me in my present stage in life.

Artist statement

I chose watercolour due to its light, delicate almost dreamy aesthetic. The pieces are a reflection of how we cope in a time of crisis and the reasons why I did the 4 pieces are as follows: The first piece, depicts my mother riding her Italian moped. She is a fearless individual, who taught me to be bold. The 2nd piece was inspired by my sister, who'd grab leaves from a nearby tree and throw them at me and my sisters. The leaves would just end up flittering with the wind like confetti. The 3rd piece depicts a tradition among my family. When I was small, and my family was folding laundry, my sister would end up with my mother's brassier tied around her head. she'd make faces and run around the house like a superhero. When we're reminiscing, we re-enact this occasionally. The 4th piece is about origami which is a hobby of mine, and it helps me to feel at peace when alone.

Artist statement

My goal was to insert platitudinous stereotypes at the heart of all my pieces. After being influenced by Roy Lichtenstein, my experiences as a teenager and the lore behind the seven deadly sins, I decided to produce multiple-themed artworks all coming from one idea; the common, and usually negative, stereotypes of teenagers. Creating these artworks certainly hit me on an emotional scale, both positively and negatively. The works are a way of expressing my thoughts about how society sees the teenage population and my community. These stereotypes usually have hidden social complications embedded within them. It's clear not many people understand what is taking place in a teenager's life.

SIDE Community brings together some resources related to current parents, and former students, staff and their families.

Who makes up our community?

Current parents and their children

Connect icon Parent Connect is a place where you can find out more about your child now including but not limed to: their current classes, assessment results for secondary subjects and interim and semester reports.

News & Updates links to current Online News articles and the term newsletter, InSIDE News.

A snapshot of SIDE history is provided through The Place Project, Hall of Fame recipients and Where are they now?

Former students, staff and families

The 2018 Centenary celebrations showed that former students and staff were proud of their distance education connections, wanted to share their own stories, and were interested in the stories of other students.

The SIDE community includes alumni, families and staff from:

  • The Correspondence School (Correspondence Classes)
  • The WA Correspondence School (WACS)
  • The Isolated Students Matriculation Scheme (ISMS)
  • The Early Childhood Education Scheme
  • Distance Education Centre (DEC)
  • Schools of Isolated and Distance Education - SIDE Primary School; SIDE Secondary School; SIDE Post-Compulsory School (SIDE)
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In 2019 the SIDE newsletter began featuring stories in the InSIDE News.

If you would like to submit your own story either as an individual or a family, please complete the form.

SIDE is using Connect as an additional means of communicating with parents and providing you with access to certain information regarding your child's education at SIDE.

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If not already registered, parents with a valid email address in our system will be assigned a ‘P number’ (parent number). If you have multiple children, you only need one login, even if your children attend different public schools. Parents with valid P numbers will receive notices via email through the School Space and may also receive messages from teachers.

As a parent, when you log in to Connect, you will have access to the following information:

  • The School Space, where previous notices are stored.
  • The classes in which your child is enrolled.
  • Assessment and course outlines for each mainstream secondary subject in which your child is enrolled.
  • Assessment results for mainstream secondary subjects.
  • Interim and semester reports for your child.

If you have children in other schools which are already using Connect, you may be familiar with some additional uses of Connect, such as for submission and return of student work. SIDE will continue to use Moodle for these functions.

As well as being able to log in to Connect on any internet-enabled device, you may also receive notices from Connect that will be sent to you as either an email or a notification on your phone. A free app called Connect Now can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store and will let you receive Connect notices as push notifications.

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