IT (BYOD) Requirements

Our expectation for 2020 is that all Year 7 students will bring a laptop to school. Each year the school looks at several devices, and the information offered below are the choices for 2020 with details of our recommended supplier. It is not compulsorily to purchase a laptop through the recommended supplier, and if your child already has a laptop, they are most welcome to continue using it or families can purchase a laptop of their own choice through another supplier.

The devices are below:

  • Basic – HP Probook X360 11
  • Standard – HP Probook 440 X360
  • Premium – HP Elitebook 1030 G3 X360
  • Apple device – MacBook Air (2018 onwards)

Each of the Windows devices comes with a touch screen and a stylus, the machine can be purchased through the school’s recommended supplier. Details on how to purchase the machine are below. Please note that the device will be sent directly to your home. We highly recommend that you purchase the additional 3 Year Warranty and Accidental Damage Cover. The cost is an additional $150 to $250 and removes the hassle and stress if your child accidentally damages their device.

The preferred supplier is Learning with Technologies (LWT) based in Blackburn Victoria, and the devices can be ordered through the following website:

The site is easy to use, and you can choose to buy outright or by using finance arrangements. Please be aware that there are merchant charges for the use of credit cards.

If you intend to buy an Apple device, you can purchase directly from the Apple site, go to Centre Com here in Bendigo or purchase through Learning with Technologies (LWT). We also recommend that you purchase the AppleCare Pack, which covers accidental damage.

Once you have purchased a device please book in one of the below Year 7 IT Induction sessions:

12th of December 2019 at 10.00am or 12.00pm or 3.00pm
18th of December 2019 at 10.00am or 12.00pm or 3.00pm
16th of January 2020 at 10.00am or 12.00pm or 3.00pm
23rd of January 2020 at 10.00am or 12.00pm or 3.00pm

In these short inductions, students will activate their Girton Account, set up Microsoft Office, login into Astra the School’s Learning Management System, set up their email and printers and there will be a quick talk on looking after their device and sensible use. This should take around 45 minutes, and parents are most welcome to stay. There will be a question and answer session after this for those who would like to stay longer.

To make a booking please fill in the below form here.

If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact Carl Sillery, ICT Manager.