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iPad Program

School supplied iPad Program for Years 7 to 8

All students in Year 7 will be issued with an Apple iPad that will be theirs to use until the end of Year 8 (or prior to leaving). 

Tablet devices, particularly the iPad, are very well suited as a personal learning device. Many students are already familiar with the Apple iOS operating system, particularly those students who have been using the iPad at Covenant since Junior School. This familiarity means that students are not hampered by having to learn an operating system, but can adapt very quickly to new and innovative learning opportunities. Students can focus on the learning, not the technology itself. 

The availability of software applications (Apps) for the iPad is unmatched by other platforms. Many of these apps are freely available from the Apple App store, while others are available for a small cost. 

The iPads will be managed by the school. All apps needed for use at school will be pre-installed by the school via our management system.  

Parents will have the option of connecting the device to the app store via an AppleID – and installing other apps that aren’t required for use at school. Only those apps that have been added to a “whitelist” by Covenant TechServe staff, in consultation with the relevant Student Wellbeing Coordinator, will be able to be installed. Please note that connecting an Apple ID to the device is completely optional, and won’t be necessary for the completion of any school related tasks.  

Our management system will also allow the school to enforce a number of policies on the device, such as restricting access to iTunes content that might be deemed inappropriate for younger students, as well as enforcing other security and safety related settings. Additionally, parents are encouraged to enable further restrictions on the device via the “restrictions” functionality on the device itself. We recommend that if parents allow an Apple ID to be connected to the device, they activate Family Sharing and use the “Screen Time” monitoring functionality built into all iPadOS devices. 

In the Classroom 

It is expected that the iPads will NOT be used in every period of every day in every class. The iPad is a very useful tool that enables us to redefine many learning activities which will be used when it is appropriate to do so. In many cases, the best ‘technology’ for some classroom activities may remain the humble pen and paper.  

Students should save all work to their school supplied OneDrive for Business (Education) account.  

Support 

Should an iPad require repair, either due to a hardware failure or accidental damage, the student should bring the iPad to TechServe. In the case of damage to the iPad, parents will be charged for the repairs at the following rate:  

First damage instance over the life of the device 

  • $0 administration fee 
  • 50% of the invoiced cost of the repair 

Second damage instance over the life of the device 

  • $40 administration fee 
  • 75% of the invoiced cost of the repair 

Third and subsequent damage instance(s) over the life of the device 

  • $70 administration fee 
  • 100% of the invoiced cost of the repair 

The school has negotiated reduced repair rates with a support partner. Families are NOT authorised to affect their own repairs to the device. ALL repairs must be managed by the school as the owner of the device. In most cases, if an iPad screen is cracked then it will be sent for repair – even if the iPad is still functional. This is to ensure the safety of students as glass shards from a broken screen can easily pierce the skin.