SHCS Bring Your Own Device

Dear SHCS Parents,

Information Technologies (IT) are constantly developing and providing new opportunities in education. Our Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Committee has identified opportunities, assessed risks and planned a way forward for our students as they build skills for the future.

Our Plan

The forward plan involves a progression of devices and software that support age appropriate learning while maintaining flexibility across subjects in the senior years. Dedicated desktop computers have been installed in some specialty areas for specific purposes.

K – Year 4

For Kindergarten through to Year 4, students use laptops to build mouse, keyboard and software skills. These laptops make up our mobile computer lab; basically a docking trolley that can be wheeled to any room. With increased mobility of devices, the concept of a dedicated computer lab is now a thing of the past. Years 3 and 4 will move to Chromebooks in our next phase of device rollout.

Years 5-9

Students in Years 5 to 9 will be using Chromebooks. These devices are essentially laptops with features that allow the School to focus their use toward educational outcomes. Social media and gaming are restricted, both onsite and offsite, via a Cloud-based system. We have also implemented a system where a teacher can monitor all student screens on their own computer. The Junior School devices will remain at School.

Years 10-12

Students in Years 10 to 12 require greater flexibility in their devices with some preferring, or needing, alternative software platforms. Accordingly, these devices will reflect subject requirements as well as personal preferences and will, therefore, be purchased by families. This arrangement is often referred to as BYOD (bring your own device) and, due to its effectiveness and sustainability, is the preferred system for senior students in many schools.

Students in Years 10 to 12, will need to acquire a device that meets the requirements of their subjects. The following information will assist you in your selection and purchase. The guidelines below include devices that will connect to the School system. If you wish to use an alternative, please speak with our IT staff to confirm its usefulness. A device that does not connect will not be useful in the School context.

The minimum specifications for Design & Technology, Visual Arts and Music (other subjects have less requirements) are:

  • Apple Macbook Pro/Air – Intel or M Series Apple Chip (M1) , 8/16gb Ram, at least 256gb SSD
  • Windows – i5 – i7, 8/16gb Ram, at least 256gb SSD
  • Windows 10 or 11
  • MacOS 10.15 – MacOS 11.4

Note: (You can purchase general PC’s with standard HDD)

Also keep an eye out for specials on accessories like carry cases, USB drives etc.

We look forward to continuing to work with families as we train children in the responsible and Godly use of computer based technologies.

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