Student Laptops and Computers

The Carranballac P-9 College “Bring Your Own Device” ICT Program allows families with students in Years 5 to 9 to purchase their own notebook devices which they can then use at home and at school.  It is expected that families with students in Year 7 - 9 provide a compatible device on which to work on at home and at school.  When making this decision we strongly recommend the device meets the following specifications:


Processor: Intel i5 minimum (i7 processor recommended)

RAM: 4GB RAM minimum (8GB RAM Recommended)

Hard Drive: 128 GB minimum (SSD encouraged)  (250GB HDD Recommended)

Display Size: 11” minimum

Operating System: Windows Home

Battery Life: Minimum 6 hrs (we require students to leave chargers at home)
Avoid Google Chromebooks, iPads or Android tablets.


Carranballac P-9 College supplies Students in Years 5-9 and all Classroom Teachers with free access to the Microsoft Office 365 Suite including OneDrive (online cloud storage). You will not need to purchase this software with your computer.  Microsoft Office 365 includes a suite of programs such as MS Word, Excel, Publisher (PC only), PowerPoint, Access, Teams, and Outlook.


Students in Year 5 & 6 are encouraged to bring their laptop to school each day to support their learning in the classroom.  Devices are to be fully charged when arriving at School each day; students are not to charge devices in classrooms. 

Students in Years 7 - 9 are expected to bring their laptop to school, fully charged, each day to complete classroom tasks, undertake research and engage in classroom lessons.  Having access to their own computers at all times will enable students to continue to work on learning tasks and complete homework tasks at home.

When bringing the devices to school for the first time, our technicians will connect them to our Department of Education Wireless Internet service, install the Linewize root certificate and the Family Zone Connect+ connection agent.  All certificates and agents are compulsory in order for students to connect to the college network.  Students will be required to sign an ICT Acceptable Use Agreement in line with College expectations.  The use of VPN's and personal Hotspots on student BYOD laptops or school managed devices are prohibited at school.

More information on Family Zone can be found here


Monitored ICT devices are valuable tools that provide useful skills to support class work, research curriculum resources and enable teachers to track classroom progress through Compass. This will also prepare our students for the digital world of work.

Carranballac P-9 College will not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage of a BYOD device.  Students will be expected to store their BYOD devices in their lockers during recess and lunchtimes.


Should you have any queries, please contact:  Technical issues – Mrs Elly Conduit, Head of IT   Policy questions – Ms Merridy Patterson, College Principal.

Carranballac P-9 College is an eSmart School and we encourage smart, safe and responsible use of all ICT and online equipment.  The eSafety Commissioners Office offers many informative parent resources and we encourage families to become familiar with the website.

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