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As the National Secondary Schools Computer Fund (NSSCF) project comes to an end in December 2015 for all schools, we will be entering an exciting new phase of BYOx.  BYOx stands for “Bring Your Own Device”. 
As the Federal Government funding model for computers in schools has changed, money that was once available to provide 1:1 computer access to students has not been renewed.  While in the coming years, there will be a limited number of school owned computers available for student use, this will diminish over time as current computers reach their end of life.  As time goes by, it will become increasingly beneficial for students to have their own computers that they bring to school.
From the beginning of 2016 students will be able to bring their own computer to school provided it meets with the designated minimum technical specifications.  We are currently investing in technical infrastructure which will allow students’ devices to connect to the school’s computer network where they will be able to connect to network folders and the Internet.
A limited number of the take home laptops that have been used by the Year 10 – 12 students for the past four years will still be available for student hire at a reduced cost during 2016.  Unfortunately next year, these devices will no longer have 3G Internet access.
The school’s technical staff have devised a set of “minimum” and “recommended” specifications for BYOx devices.  These specifications are outlined below.  If you intend on purchasing a laptop for your student to use at school in 2016, it is highly recommended that these specifications are discussed with your chosen retailer.
More information about BYOx will be provided in each newsletter as details become available.  This topic will also be discussed at each of the parent nights being held between now and the end of the year.
In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding BYOx, please don’t hesitate to email me at
Mrs Linda Stern
Deputy Principal


Frequently Asked Questions:

Has your child got a BYOX device?
Our school is a laptop school and as such, it is expected all students own a laptop and bring every day to school fully charged.
Has your child connected to our school system? Do they have the Read cloud icon on their laptop?
To access our Wi-Fi, Read Cloud and school systems, all student laptops must be connected via a BYOX program. Read cloud is an online platform which allows students to access their subject textbooks both at school and at home. Both the BYOX system and Read cloud application need to be loaded onto their device when they are at school. Our school IT Technician is available Wednesday through to Friday to assist setting up their computers. Mrs Wolski is also on hand in B Block.
What if my child’s computer is ‘under repair’?
As from the start of Term 3, we now have small bank of ‘Student Laptops’ which we are able to loan out, on a ‘lesson by lesson’ basis until your child’s computer is repaired. Access to our ‘computer bank’ will require a signed note from a parent/ carer, verifying the computer is under repair and giving permission to borrow from the school’s computer bank.
I cannot afford a computer at the moment. Can my son/ daughter borrow one from school?
Yes. A ‘purple form’ was given to all eligible students at the end of last term. It requires a permission signature from a parent and must be returned to the school office before borrowing can commence.
I know my son/ daughter has a computer, however, sometimes I find it sitting at home after they’ve left for school. Should they be bringing it to school every day?
Definitely. Much like a student requires their pencil case and school diary every day, they also require their laptop. To assist parents with this, teachers will organise a short text message to be sent home when a student consistently ‘forgets’ to bring in their computer. Parents are asked to encourage their son or daughter, as part of their everyday routine in getting ready for school, to be prepared; have their laptop on charge the night before and routinely check they have it with them when going to school.
Please click here for recommended specifications for BYOx Devices -  BYOX Specifications 2019.pdfBYOX Specifications 2019.pdf
Mrs Linda Stern
Deputy Principal

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