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Access to Technology for Your Son or Daughter - 2017

In recent years, the College has been investigating the concept of all students in years 7 -12 bringing their own computing devices to school. Experience has shown that students using their own device enjoy significant educational benefits by having immediate access to this technology when and where it is required.

These benefits include:

  • immediate access to information and learning resources on the internet
  • the ability to efficiently communicate with their teachers
  • the ability to receive and submit educational material electronically.

At the same time that these benefits have expanded, the cost of this technology has steadily decreased. As a consequence of these developments, the decision has now been reached that

All students in all Year Levels 7-12 are required to bring their own personal computing device to school.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What type of device would be required?
In 2016 Year 7 and 8 students are required to have an iPad (minimum specification iPad 2), however, this is being reviewed. Once a decision has been made, this will be communicated.

Students in years 9-12 are required to have a computing device which is capable of accessing the Internet (through the College network or otherwise) and has a reasonable sized screen. A phone is not suitable.

Factors which might be taken into consideration when making this choice include:

  • What computing equipment the student already owns.
  • What computing equipment the student has access to at home.
  • Battery life (a device should normally be capable of lasting all day)
  • The subjects being studied by the student and the amount of typing required.

Regardless of device, experience has shown that a strong cover is advisable.

What if I can't afford a device?
Refurbished laptops are available online. . As a College we are concerned that no student is disadvantaged. Families with particular financial concerns are strongly encouraged to contact the Business & Operations Manager, Ms. Debbie Clarke, to discuss individual options.

What about charging and batteries?
We expect student devices to be able to run all day without recharging.

What about security?
Locked lockers provide a safe place to store devices. It is timely to remind students not to share lockers, nor disclose lock combination codes.

What if the device is broken?
Responsibility for care of the device rests with the student. Some parents have been able to include the device as part of their Home and Contents insurance. Details should be sought from your insurer. The College insurance does not cover student owned equipment.

What about software?
The College is not able to provide software for installation on student devices. Much software is either free or very low cost.

What about technical assistance?
The College can provide assistance with connecting student devices to the school network but is not able to provide other support.

Will the College still have Computers available for students?
Desktop computers (together with all the necessary software) will continue to be available in the library and in specialist computer labs.