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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Students studying at All Saints' College require a portable computing device to operate in a contemporary learning environment.  Parents are required to supply a device that suits the needs of their child’s learning and family budget. It is used as a learning tool for online research, work production and creation and enhancing curriculum delivery. 

Specifications for devices are communicated to parents including processing speeds, operating systems and features. 

If your child is planning to choose electives with a high degree of technology use in Year 11 and 12, this will impact on the device needed. 

A few tips: 

  • Choosing a flexi rent plan from retailers such as Harvey Norman will give you cover for loss, damage or theft and they will provide a loan device while you wait for repairs 
  • Buying outright from a retailer does not provide cover and it is difficult to purchase insurance to protect against damage 
  • Buying from an education reseller such as Learning With Technologies (LWT), offers accidental damage insurance as an option regardless of whether you buy the device outright or with finance. All products sold through LWT come installed with Windows Professional rather than Windows Home, which may be reflected in the cost of the device 
  • If you or a family member are a TAFE or university student, you can take advantage of the student discount via the Microsoft Store. You will require a valid student ID and receive a 10% discount on the retail price. Microsoft also have an accidental damage protection plan. 
  • Families are also strongly encouraged to purchase device insurance and a strong and protective case. Insurance is not the responsibility of the College. 
  • Please consider the weight of the device for students to carry in their bags.  

Students and parents are required to sign a BYOD and Internet User Agreement  that sets out expectations of BYOD use and practice at school. A member of the school’s IT support staff is available to troubleshoot minor wireless issues, answer questions and give limited assistance. However, the school does not manage, support, own or warranty the device – it is your device. 

The BYOD booklet given to students at enrolment contains information on device requirements for each subject.  

Students of All Saints' College are offered access to the Maitland-Newcastle Diocesan school computer network. This access to the Diocesan school network, email and Internet is provided for educational purposes. Students may also gain access to their school folders at home through the school portal. 

All endeavours have been made to prevent access to items considered to be illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or offensive when students use the internet on the school network. While our intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may still find ways to access such material. Therefore, we encourage parents and guardians of students to support our efforts to set standards which their children should follow when using media and information sources.   

The following behaviours are not permitted on the network, in email or when using the internet: 

  • Sending or displaying offensive/nuisance messages or pictures 
  • Harassing, insulting or attacking others 
  • Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks 
  • Violating copyright laws 
  • Using another user's password or browsing another user's folder, work or files intentionally wasting or misusing limited resources 
  • Employing the network for commercial purposes 
  • Downloading files unrelated to curriculum studies 
  • Installing software programs on computer network terminals. 

All Saints' College reserves the right to restrict any student access to the network. Violation of rules may result in loss of access, as well as other disciplinary or legal action.  

Network administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that students are using the system responsibly. Users should not save files on the All Saints' College servers/workstations unless authorised to do so. 

Use of the computer network including email and internet use is for educational purposes only. 

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