Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) @ St. Mary’s Catholic School

As part of supporting our students' learning in an increasingly digital world, they need to be able to access learning from a range of platforms, e.g. Seesaw, Hapara, Google Drives.  Therefore, we are highly recommending BYOD for students who will be Year 4 in 2024.

By students having their own device, they have:

  • More opportunities to use technology and enhance their learning

  • Deepen their learning and make learning more personalised and individualised

  • Earlier access to and a  smoother transition to Intermediate and High School 

  • Learn at a pace and method that supports them

  • Opportunities to explore which digital tools are best to help them with their learning

  • Record their learning to share with others

  • Develop an ethical awareness of how to navigate in a digital world responsibly

Safety Considerations

  • Our school filter (N4L) prevents access to inappropriate sites

  • Students are taught how to be a responsible digital citizen

  • NB: There is an increasing limited access to ageing school devices in each classroom.  BYOD allows guaranteed access for a student

Device setup

We understand the importance of wanting to set your child up on their own device but there are a few things you need to consider to help the use of devices run smoothly at school. 

  • Feel free to set your child up with a home account that you have access to and can monitor on apps such as Family Link. 

  • Please also be considerate of how the safety apps you place on your child's device may affect them using their device at school. 

  • At the start of the new school  year your child will be set up with a school google account. This school account is directly linked to your child’s Teacher and makes accessing the school drive, Seesaw, Hapara etc. much easier for your child and their Teacher. It becomes very difficult to set students up on their school accounts when their devices require parent codes or are locked from setting up new accounts. Thank you for your support with this. 

We recommend and prefer a Chromebook; however a laptop is suitable also.

Please see the St. Mary’s school website for frequently asked questions about BYOD.  Please click on this link to take you to this information.

If you have any questions or want support with this please contact your child's Teacher.  

Students are responsible for their device at all times. Insuring your child’s device is strongly recommended. Check with your insurance agent to see if your homeowner’s or renter’s policy, covers personal electronic devices. Alternately, you may be able to purchase additional insurance through the retailer

Repairs – repairs are the responsibility of the student and parent. School personnel will not be involved in repairing student-owned devices.

Screen care – screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screen is particularly sensitive to damage if excessive pressure is placed on it. Clean the screen with a soft, dry anti-static or micro-fibre cloth. Please do not use any type of liquid or water on the device.

General precautions – food or drink should not be placed near your device while it is in use.  Cords and removable storage devices (i.e. pen-drive) should be inserted carefully into the device. Devices should be protected from extreme temperatures. Extreme heat or cold may cause damage.


What happens if a family cannot afford to purchase a device for their child

Will my child be expected to use their device both at school and home

Will I need to have wireless access at home?

Will my child require an email address?

Are Year 4 to 8 students mature enough to handle the responsibility of carrying a device?

My child’s bag is already too full – how do you expect him/her to carry a device too?

What happens to devices when students participate in after-school events here on site at St Mary’s School?

Will the students be allowed to share their personal device with others?

What if my child’s device is stolen?

Device storage