The Isolated Students Matriculation Project (ISMP) and Open Learning Matriculation Studies (OLMS) were established in 1974 as an Education Department project to develop a school-based correspondence course for Year 11 and 12 students.

In 1976 they were amalgamated to become the Isolated Students Matriculation Scheme (ISMS). Enrolled students could work on these courses independently or in local school Resource Centres. Students could study English, Biology, Human Biology, Mathematics I, Mathematics IV, History, Art and Technical Drawing.

The courses used printed and audio-visual materials such as cassettes and filmstrips. ISMS teachers visited students through a regional visits program and students attended subject camps in Year 11 and 12.

The teachers were located in a variety of locations in West Perth.

While ISMS had a variety of logos over this time, this particular logo represented the integration of ISMS within the DEC in 1982.

See how the school logo evolves throughout the century.

  • 1960s-70s WACS

  • 1980s-90s DEC

    Logo is a stylised student shape sitting at a desk. At this time print materials were still the main type of learning material but were accompanied by various audio-visual resources such as live television , videos, audio, science lab kits, etc.

    DEC Live Science used the DEC logo, adding Live Science to it.

    DEC Live Science shirt worn by presenters.
  • 1982 ISMS

    When DEC and ISMS amalgamated the logo for ISMS included the DEC logo, and a stylised map of Western Australia indicating the services operating from Western Australia.
  • 1993 75th Anniversary

    DEC logo with embellishments for 75th Anniversary of school.

    This logo was used on a range of items from 1993 including a souvenir booklet and tablecloths from the Open Day.
  • 1995 - 2017 SIDE

    The SIDE logo reflects the changed distance education schooling organisation.

    There is a stylised representation of Western Australia within the shield.

    A large star within the map represents SIDE Perth, while the five smaller stars flowing from the map represent the five Schools of the Air.

    The pennant was used for official SIDE occasions.

    Example of school shirts with SIDE logo.
  • 2018 Centenary

    The white linked figures on the blue globe represent students connecting across the world as global learners. The red bands indicate online learning. Red also represents the colour of the earth and blue the colour of the sea. These colours represent the colours of Western Australia and also the places in which SIDE students live.

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