All students in years 7-11 are expected 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 or purchase through our BYOD program.
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.
In 2023, students in year 12 will be able to access a school laptop for a year-long loan, if needed. We still encourage students in year 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.
Current year 11 students will keep the device they currently have over the Christmas break and be able to use them as a year 12 in 2023.
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.
The minimum specifications for students bringing an existing device (or purchasing a device through a different retailer) are:
PC or Tablet PC
|Processor||Intel i5 (minimum requirement)|
|RAM||8 GB minimum or 16 GB preferred|
|Hard drive||256 GB SSD or higher|
Windows 10 or Mac OS X
Minimum of 8 hours
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.
These devices are available to borrow from the Resource Centre whilst a student’s laptop is being serviced, in other ways unavailable. 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.
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.