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BYOD Program

Bring Your Own Device Program for Years 9 to 12

There is not a 'one size fits all' approach to personal technologies, therefore the BYOD program gives students and parents the opportunity to select a device that suits the preferences and personal learning needs of the individual student.

Specifications*
128GB storage (256GB or more is better)
8GB RAM
Intel i5 processor or equivalent
8 hours advertised battery life
Windows 10 or MacOS 10.15 or higher
802.11n wireless running on the 5Ghz spectrum**
Ideally, a screen size between 11 and 13 inches (measured diagonally).

*Students intending on studying computing or design subjects such as photography, may require a higher specification device.

**Please note that devices which do not meet this specification may not be able to connect to our network.

More Information

The Device
  • Many students will have a preference for Apple devices running on the MacOS operating system. Others will prefer a PC style product utilising Windows 10. Both of these are appropriate provided they meet the minimum specifications as outlined above. 
  • The operating system on should be capable of installing full versions of application software such as the Microsoft Office Suite (Office 365), and Adobe Creative Cloud. 
  • If students already have access to a device at home that meets our minimum specifications, they are welcome to use it at school. 

Inappropriate devices:

  • Tablet devices running on mobile operating systems (such as the iPad running on iOS) or Android based tablets (such as those in the Samsung Note series) are not appropriate.  
  • Google Chromebooks and iPad Pro are not appropriate.
Purchasing

The purchase of this device is the responsibility of the family. We recommend ensuring that any device purchased includes a 3 year, on-site, next business day warranty. Covenant has partnered with JB Hi-Fi to compile a list of recommended, education grade BYOD devices. The JB Hi-Fi BYOD Online portal offers a range of devices at competitive prices.

Software

The school will make necessary software for teaching and learning available for installation on the student device, where appropriate, under our licensing agreements, for the duration of their enrolment. This will include, at the time of publication, the MS Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud suites. You are not required to purchase this software

Warranty and Repairs

Families take full responsibility for warranties, insurance and repairs. They should consider the type and length of warranty, and the process that needs to be taken in order to exercise that warranty should any repair be necessary. Additionally, consideration should also be given to how they might deal with accidental damage, or theft of the notebook. 

Purchasing specific mobile device insurance is strongly recommended. It is the responsibility of families to investigate and understand all implications of any decision on insurance. 

Where possible, TechServe will assist the student with any warranty and repair claims. The school may be able to provide a loan device for the duration of the repair. 

If your device is damaged in some way (either accidentally or by negligence), it is the responsibility of the family to have this repaired. If you have accidental damage insurance you should speak with your insurance provider regarding the appropriate process to follow. The school does not have any responsibility in this process, however, we will assist where appropriate.

Warranty claim for devices purchased via JB Hi-Fi BYOD Online will have to be made with JB Hi-Fi or their vendors. Covenant Christian School do not take any responsibility for this process. 

If I can’t BYOD?

We recognise the financial difficulties that many families face. If the purchase of a notebook computer would result in significant financial hardship, we invite you to submit an application to the Business Manager, requesting the provision of a notebook computer for a period of time.