Laptop Purchasing Portal & BYOD

“To participate in a knowledge-based economy and to be empowered within a technologically sophisticated society…”

The Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) recognises that in a digital age, and with rapid and continuing changes in the ways that people share, use, develop and communicate with ICT, young people need to be highly skilled in its use.

To participate in a knowledge-based economy and to be empowered within a technologically sophisticated society now and into the future, students need the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities.

In order to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum and to ensure that students at St. Peter’s College are well prepared to face the future, the College will support the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program.

This structure was implemented in 2014 after extensive consultation with parents and the community regards the most appropriate means of developing in student’s relevant ICT skills and knowledge. It is an expectation that all students will have a suitable student device for the commencement of Term 1.

In order that all students are able to successfully connect to the College network a Protocol for minimum standards has been established. All student laptops must meet these requirements in order to allow students to run the required programs, download eBooks and access the College network.

The use of Apple technology has proven problematic on the current College system and is not recommended. Parents who choose to use an Apple product for their son or daughter must comply with further minimum standards listed below.



Student owned devices are not covered for loss, damage or theft whilst at school. It is recommended that parents clarify what their Home Contents Insurance covers or choose the insurance option available in the Laptop Purchasing Portal.

Any queries in relation to the above can be addressed by contacting Mr. Stephen Bloomer (Network Manager)


Laptop Purchasing Portal

If you are asked for a code – spc2022

Families are recommended to purchase a laptop via the Laptop Purchasing Portal. This provides many advantages including 3 year onsite warranty and an option for insurance. Please select the link above to access our Laptop Purchasing Portal.



If a device is not purchased via the Laptop Purchasing Portal, the following requirements need to be met:

Minimum requirements

  • Operating System – Windows 10 Home or Pro (No Windows ‘S’, Windows ‘X’ or non-officially released versions of Windows)
  • Screen size – 10” minimum
  • Keyboard – physical keyboard (see note 3)
  • Hard Drive – 128 GB Solid State (see note 2)
  • RAM – 8 GB of RAM
  • Wireless – AN or AC wireless (5GHz)

Recommended Requirements

  • Operating System – Windows 10 Home or Pro (No Windows ‘S’, Windows ‘X’or non-officially released versions of Windows)
  • Screen size – 11” or greater
  • Keyboard – physical keyboard (see note 3)
  • Hard Drive – 256 GB or greater Solid State (see note 2)
  • Wireless – AN or AC wireless (5GHz)
  • RAM – 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM
  • Intel based ‘i’ series processor (i3, i5, i7) or AMD Ryzen 5 or 7


APPLE Mac is not a supported solution.

Minimum requirements

Apple has two processor types.  Apple M1 processor and Intel processor.  Apple M1 processor based devices can not connect to the College network and will not work at the College.

For Apple devices with Intel processors, the following applies:

Apple computers are NOT recommended. For students who prefer to use an Apple Macbook computer, this can only be done if the following circumstances are met:-

  • The Macbook is to be running  Mac OS Big Sur (or later) and have an Intel x86 based processor.
  • The Macbook MUST be running full “Bootcamp” with a licenced and activated version of Windows 10 Home or Pro (No Windows ‘S’ or non-officially released versions of Windows). “Parallels”, “VMware” or other virtualised versions of Windows are NOT acceptable.
  • The Windows Operating System must have the Apple drivers fully installed and be fully Windows and Apple patched.
  • The Hard Drive must be 256 GB or greater Solid State (see note 2) with a minimum of 128 GB allocated to the Windows partition.
  • The Windows Operating System must be used during all general classes.
  • The College is unable to provide any support in relation to use or configuration of Mac OS.
  • Students are required to have appropriate adapters to allow connection to standard USB style equipment like cameras and card readers.
  • The Macbook must still meet the requirements as detailed above for Windows devices.


  1. There is no requirement for students to purchase Microsoft Office as this will be provided by the College.
  2. Solid State hard drives are generally smaller in capacity but work much faster and are more reliable whilst using less battery power.
  3. Experience to date has shown that students struggle with the use and maintenance of Bluetooth keyboards. These are not recommended. Keyboards with a physical connection (USB or other) are more reliable and will provide your child with a better all-round experience.
  4. Student locker space is limited therefore a lightweight, portable device is recommended.



Frequently Asked Questions

Why aren’t all Tablet computers suitable for student use at the College?

Students need to be able to work together in a collaborative environment and to access school resources. Different devices and different operating systems makes collaboration and sharing of ideas difficult.

Some projects require students to use specific software and this software is not always compatible with every computer. Many of the eBooks are also not compatible with all computers and tablet devices.

If students use an iPad, then the student will not be able to download or upload content to our Learning Portal, (S.P.A.C.E). The iPad will also not run a number of software programs we use throughout the College.

iPads without attached keypads are not conducive to students typing relatively large amounts of text.

Why do we have to meet minimum standards for a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?

Minimum standard allow for a consistent environment between students and ensures that school supplied software will work. Other areas include – the operating system must be able to run core educational software for several years. This includes eBooks, subject based applications and Microsoft Office (supplied by the College).

The screen size needs to be able to work with a number of applications. A number of devices available on the market are too small so a minimum requirement has been set.

A physical keyboard is required to assist with accurate typing skills and to alleviate ergonomic issues associated with onscreen keyboards.

The hard drive must be able to have sufficient space to allow the installation of applications and the storage of work. Solid State hard drives (SSD) are recommended as they allow computers to work much faster, whilst also improving battery life. These are also more reliable in a portable device.

What software is included in the package? Are updates included?

The College will be supplying Microsoft Office Professional and a number of other applications which are listed below. We will also be negotiating with other software providers for the provision of additional software applications in the future.


Applications available:

  • MS Windows upgrade to Education version
  • Google Drive File Stream
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Muse
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Newbyte Science Software
  • Pearson Bookshelf
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