What is BYOD?

Bring your device (BYOD) refers to students bringing a personal digital device to school for learning. 2016 saw the implementation of BYOD at St Mary’s College. The success of this initiative is evident when you see how confident, curious and engaged students are in the classroom with their devices. Students are required to bring their devices to school.

The buttons to the right provide information on BYOD at St Mary’s College:

  • BYOD Specifications for 2024
  • BYOD Student Responsible Use Guide
  • Student User Agreement 2023
  • BYOD Board Policy

Library Chromebooks:

The College Library has a small stock of Chromebooks for students who do not own a device. We ask whānau to let the Deans know if a student does not have a device and the reason for this. This information will be kept confidential. The Librarians have been advised that Chromebooks will be issued only to students who are in genuine need, and whom the Deans have received a notification from whānau. There are not enough Chromebooks in the Library to issue to students who have a personal digital device but have not brought it to school.

There are many advantages for students bringing their own digital devices to support their educational needs. Curriculum subjects are increasingly relying on a wide variety of online learning tools. We ask for whanau support in ensuring that your daughter brings her device to school each day.


  • Students must ensure they charge their device each night/morning so that it is fully charged for the day’s use at school.
  • Many devices look the same/similar so it is recommended to name or identify the device in some way. Please also keep a record of the serial number and make and model at home.
  • If a student’s device is defective, and the student wishes to use a Chromebook from the Library, then an email or letter from parents/caregivers to the Assistant Principal is required, explaining what the problem is and when the device is likely to be available again.