Bring your own device

Our vision is for ICT to support vibrant learning at the College.  Student learning is core, and all staff authentically engage in expanding their digital horizon.  Such technology is a tool to contribute to engaging learners, but not to define the learning experience.  Access to technology is mindful of our Founders' "option for the poor" and equity of access is a key factor.  Digital platforms are to promote collaboration and communication.

Students bring their own computing device for their learning. The College does not specify any particular device, however, we provide the following guide as our advice for the best student device:

  1. A laptop. Some, with a touch screen, have a 2 in 1 facility that allows the keyboard to fold flat and the device can become similar to a tablet;
  2. A minimum screen size of 10 inches, but a larger size may be more comfortable for students.
  3. A minimum 2GB RAM will suffice, but a 4GB or greater size RAM is a better and the preferred option.
  4. Wifi network connectivity.
  5. Hard Drive space of 16GB minimum, with a preferred 32GB or greater value.
  6. A sufficiently long battery life to last a full day on a single charge.

We don't endorse any particular brand or type of device, nor any particular retailer.

Google Suite

In line with the ICT vision, the College encourages the use of the Google suite (G-Suite) of programs.  On enrolment, every student receives a Google account. This allows them access to a College provided G-mail address, G-Drive and Google Calendar. Together with Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides, students can use documents that are very similar to Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The advantage of these, however, is that they are free and use ‘cloud’ storage. This means that students can access their work from any device that has access to the internet. Also, if internet connectivity is a problem, students can set certain document settings that will allow them to work on them ‘offline’.
When they reconnect to the internet, these documents automatically ‘sync’ and update the ‘online’ file(s).
These programs will run on any device that has internet connectivity. 

In addition, you are able to contact our ICT Manager, Mr Nathan Sharp. Mr Sharp has been instrumental in developing these guidelines. As a parent of students here at the College he has an appreciation of a range of issues that have contributed to the development of these guidelines.

The IT team are based in the Library, and have an open door policy, where students and staff can come and have any issues resolved in a quick and efficient manner.