To access your VSware account, your school will have sent you a unique username
and password, along with a VSware URL or website address that is specific to your school. It will look something like this: schoolname.vsware.ie.
VSware is best accessed through Google Chrome.
Start off by entering your username and password and click 'sign in'. If you have more than one child in the school, click the blue arrow under the photograph to toggle to the next student. You will only ever need one VSware login, regardless of how many students you have in the school.
First, take a look at the timetable which is found in the left panel. Here you will be able view the student's lessons, teachers and classrooms throughout the week. The red line indicates the current time of day, so it's very easy to see at a glance where the student is.
Next, click into the personal tab which includes the personal details of the student. If anything in this screen needs to be updated, you should contact the school to request the change.
The term reports tab is a straightforward screen. At the top of the page, you first select an exam and it then displays the student's mark, grade and teacher comment for each subject. Some schools provide the option to print off an official school term report. To do this, click 'actions' (on the top right) and 'print'. computer or device and you will be able to view, save and print it. Otherwise you can just right click anywhere on the main term report page and press 'print'. This will print the screen exactly as it is.
In the attendance tab you will see the yearly calendar which gives you an overview of your child's attendance. Each date will be colour coded according to the attendance of the student on that day. The pie charts above the calendar shows at a glance the percentage of present and absent days.
Red = Absent
Yellow = Partial Absence (even if the student has just missed one class on that day)
Green = Present
Blue = Unexplained Absence
The behaviour tab will show any incidents that have been recorded by school staff for your child. The behaviour may be positive or negative, and the school can decide to allocate points to each behaviour. Again, have a look at the above video to see it in action (around 3 minutes 30 seconds).
If your school decides to allow parents to enter in student options through their VSware account, this video will show you exactly how it's done. It's simply a case of selecting 'student options' in the left panel and then entering in each subject in order of preference using the drop-down menu.
Your school might also make the online payments system available to parents so that you can pay school fees using any card type. Check out the video (around the 4-minute mark) to see how you can make a quick and easy payment for fees such as school contribution, school trips and more. Simply click on 'fee', tick the fee in question, click 'pay' and fill in the payment details.