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Flexible Learning Guide

A wealth of information for parents and students as we recommence home-based flexible learning.

Secondary Technology

Technology requirements
Year 7
iPad (school supplied)
Year 8
iPad (school supplied)
Year 9
BYOD (notebook / laptop)
Year 10
BYOD (notebook / laptop)
Year 11
BYOD (notebook / laptop)
Year 12
BYOD (notebook / laptop)

School Supplied iPads (Year 7 and 8)

All Year 7 students and new students for Years 8 will be issued with an iPad on the first day of Term 1. The specification of this iPad may vary given our supplies at the time. This device will be theirs to use whilst they are a student at Covenant. Students will be required to return the device at the end of Year 8 or when they leave the school.   

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.  


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. 

BYOD (Year 9-12) 

Students and parents have the opportunity to select a device that suits the preferences and personal learning needs of the individual student. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program recognises that there is not a “one size fits all” approach to personal technologies. Students will use the same device for learning at school, as they might use for personal enjoyment at home. This section applies to students from Year 9-12.  

The Device 

Students in the BYOD program will bring their own laptop or notebook style device. We recognise the learning needs of students change as they progress through Secondary School and so the device that will be most beneficial to them will also change. The operating system on the device should be capable of installing full versions of application software such as the Microsoft Office Suite (Office 365), and Adobe Creative Cloud. 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.  

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. Either of these types of devices are appropriate to bring provided they meet the minimum specifications as outlined below. 

Google Chromebooks and iPad Pro will not be appropriate in this program. 

We recommend a device with a screen size of between 11 and 13 inches (measured diagonally). If students already have access to a device at home that meets our minimum specifications, they are welcome to use it at school.  


We recommend the following minimum specifications for those taking part in the BYOD program. Students intending on studying computing or design subjects such as photography, may require a higher specification device: 

  • 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 
  • Ideally, a screen size between 11 and 13 inches. 


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.  


The process for students commencing the program is as follows (existing students take no action):  

  1. Return signed form to TechServe at the beginning of the school year. Students who already are part of the BYOD program can continue using their devices with no further action needed.  
  2. Some instructions will be provided to students. 
  3. Students may bring their computer to school and follow the provided instructions to connect to our wireless network. 


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.  

Files and Backup 

Students are responsible for their own file management. They should save school files to OneDrive for Business, using the OneDrive sync client. Students should sign into OneDrive using their Covenant credentials. This will save a copy of files to their device, as well as upload them to OneDrive, allowing them to be accessed from any web connected device.  


The student will be expected to learn and understand the basic functionality of their chosen device. For connectivity and other issues, students should present to TechServe, or submit a ticket online at https://techserve.covenant.nsw.edu.au. Students are able to come to TechServe before school, after school, and at recess or lunch.  

Warranty / 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, Covenant 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. 

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.