Arrangements for 2021 and beyond

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Years 11-12

In 2021, students in years 11 and 12 will be able to access a school laptop for a year-long loan, if needed. We still encourage students in years 11 and 12 to bring their own devices, as they are often better quality and more reliable than the ones the school is able to provide, but a device will be available for them to borrow if needed. We will need parents/caregivers to collect the laptop the week before school starts and sign a laptop agreement on collection.

Years 8-10

We encourage all students in years 8-10 to bring their own devices starting in week 1. These can be purchased from any retailer, but we urge you to match the specifications listed below. Where this is not possible for various reasons, please email the school as our students will still be able to access one of our existing middle school devices as either a day loan or a long-term loan, as needed.

If students will be using the laptop for the entirety of high school, we recommend purchasing a device with higher specifications to cater for all avenues of learning.

Purchasing a device through the school

Students can purchase a laptop device through our BYOD provider ‘Learning with Technologies’ (LWT) or via another retailer. To access the LWT portal, click here. 

Once purchased, the device will be delivered school-ready with the necessary resources downloaded. All repairs, warranties and insurances for the device are handled through LWT’s next day support service. By purchasing through LWT, students receive 3 years onsite warranty as standard and have the option of purchasing the device through payment plans or adding optional extras such as accidental damage cover.

Note: if these devices are well-maintained, they can last for up to 5 years.

Using an existing device or purchasing through another retailer

The minimum specifications for students bringing an existing device (or purchasing a device through a different retailer) are:

Device type

PC or Tablet PC

  • consider a touch screen with stylus for design and art focused students
  • Chromebook or android devices not supported
Screen size
  • 14” screen or larger (measuring diagonally)
  • consider touchscreen
Processor Intel i5 (minimum requirement)
RAM 8 GB minimum or 16 GB preferred
Hard drive 256 GB SSD or higher
Operating system

Windows 10 or Mac OS X

  • not supported- Linux, Android, Windows 7. 8. 8.1, RT, 10S, Chrome OS
Features
  • keyboard
  • USB port
  • headphone port
  • in-built microphone
  • webcam
Battery life

Minimum of 8 hours

  • please note that it is school policy that devices are fully charged at the beginning of the school day

If using an existing device, students will need to connect to the Para Hills High School Wi-Fi network on their first day and follow the prompts on the BYOD portal (accessible from the school website) to download appropriate resources, settings and certificates. The school’s ICT Department will be able to assist with minor troubleshooting, however parents/caregivers will need to manage the device’s warranties, insurances and repairs.

Please note, Chromebooks/Android devices are not supported by our BYOD program. As a duty of care, Para Hills High School provides access to the school’s BYOD network. This network requires a certificate to be installed on the device. Android devices/Chromebooks do not allow for a seamless connection to this certificate, making them unsuitable.

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School devices on loan

A number of laptops are available for day or long-term borrowing.

Day loans

These are available from the Resource Centre whilst a student’s laptop is being serviced, in other ways unavailable or for those students who need them during this transitionary period. These laptops can be borrowed in the same way books are borrowed and will need to be returned at the end of the day to be charged overnight.

Term loans

These are available in week 0 or in the second week of every holiday for students in years 8-10 who haven’t yet purchased a laptop during 2021 to support the school’s transition to a full BYOD policy. Devices will need to be returned at the end of every term and reissued in week 2 of the holidays, on an as-needed basis. A laptop agreement will need to be signed by the student’s parent/caregiver.

Long-term loans

As part of our social justice program, a small number of school laptops can be assigned to students who experience short- or long-term hardship every year, and each case is assessed individually. Unlike our BYOD program, these devices are owned and serviced by the school’s in-house ICT Department for manufacturing or other faults. A laptop agreement will need to be signed by the student’s parent/caregiver who will need to collect the laptop and take responsibility for it. Devices are assigned based on a formal application and assessment process which considers the student and their family’s individual circumstances.

If you are experiencing hardship or are unable to provide your child with access to a laptop, please download and complete the 'BYOD Long-term Loan Device Application' form and send to the school as soon as possible.

Note: In the case of loss or damage as a result of negligence, abuse or malicious acts, parents/caregivers are responsible for meeting the cost of repairs or full replacement of all categories of devices on loan.

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