Bring Your Own Device Roll Out Information 2024

From 2024, all students will be invited to participate in the roll out of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).


At Kelmscott Senior High School, we acknowledge that modern technology has the potential to significantly enhance student engagement and learning. Consequently, we will implement BYOD from 2024, with the following guiding principles.

Technology can Impact Learning:
Technology can transform student engagement and learning.
Students are tech-savvy due to digital immersion.


Digital Literacy:
Personal devices enhance digital literacy.
Encourages responsible tech use and cyber safety.


Teaching Excellence:
Focus on quality teaching and conducive environment.
Skilled teachers crucial for effective learning.


Adapting to Change:
Prepares students for rapid societal shifts.
Equips students for global, tech-driven workforce.


Education Declaration Alignment:
Approach aligns with the Alice Springs 2019 Education Declaration.

Which Device?

Preferred Suppliers

  1. JB Hi-Fi –
  2. Winthrop Education –

Preferred Models

  1. Microsoft Surface
  2. Apple MacBook Air

Minimum Requirement – Windows


  • Screen Size – 10” diagonal inches
  • CPU: Intel Celeron Processor N4100 (1.10GHz, 4 MB)
  • Memory – 4GB
  • Storage – 64GB
  • Wireless Connectivity: Devices must support 5GhZ dual band, 802.11 ab/g/n/ac wireless
  • Interactivity:
    • Keyboard
    • Ability to connect to HDMI
    • USB Connection (USB-A or USB-C)

Minimum Software Specification:

  • Preferred Operating System – Any version of Windows
  • Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note). (Office 365 is free for all students and can be downloaded through the DOE portal)
  • Internet Browser: Chrome or Microsoft Edge
  • Antivirus Software: Windows Defender Antivirus, included with Windows

Minimum Requirement – Apple


  • MacBook Air M1 8 Core 256GB
  • Memory – 4GB
  • Wireless Connectivity: Devices must support 5GhZ dual band, 802.11 ab/g/n/ac wireless
  • Interactivity:
    • Keyboard
    • USB Connection (USB-A or USB-C)

Minimum Software Specification:

  • Operating System – Apple
  • Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note). (Office 365 is free for all students and can be downloaded through the DOE portal)
  • Internet Browser: Chrome, Firefox or Safari
  • Antivirus Software

Apple iPad:

  • iPad 10.2 Wi-Fi 64GB
  • Interactivity: Keyboard Case/Cover, Screen Protector (optional)


JB Hi-Fi Education

JB Hi-Fi Portal:

School Code: kelmscottshsbyod2024

  • Specialised products approved by your school with school-specific software.
  • Commercial pricing for the education sector.
  • A range of payment plans and options.
  • Wide selection of high-quality accessories.
  • Extended warranty and accidental damage protection insurance options.
  • Simple online ordering 24/7 with no credit card surcharges.
  • Fast, contactless delivery options, including pick-up at the retail store of your choice nationwide.
  • Support from experts six days a week, Monday to Friday: 9am – 6pm, Saturday: 10am – 12pm (AEST)

Winthrop Australia

  • Your order will be delivered to your home address after payment is received. If no one is home to receive the delivery, instructions will be left to collect from your local Australia Post Office/Newsagency.
  • Winthrop Australia together with Edstart will be offering a 36-month payment plan option for devices purchased on this portal.
  • If a device becomes faulty, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can bring the device directly to Winthrop or take the device to the reception area of the school where we will send a courier for collection.

Phone on 08 6488 2777


My child already has a laptop, can they bring that instead?

Yes, if it satisfies the requirements as mentioned above. Please note we have engaged with JB Hi-Fi Education and Winthrop Australia as our provider as we are comfortable that the device they provide is a suitable interface with our system.


How will you keep students safe in the digital world?

Upon arrival, all students are required to complete a Responsible Use of Network which seeks to educate students on the school’s safe usage policy and digital footprint. A Computer Network and Acceptable Use Policy must be signed by all parents and students on enrolment and whenever the device is updated. Year Assemblies regularly provide information on safe and legal use surrounding ICT.


What happens if we can’t afford a BYOD?

Please speak to JB Hi-Fi Education and Winthrop Australia. They offer several flexible payment plans.


Is it insured?

JB Hi-Fi Education and Winthrop Australia offer insurance and accidental damage bundles on devices purchased from them.  The school takes no responsibility for loss or damage.


Where do students leave the device during Phys Ed?

In their bag, locked in the secure bag storage provided.


What software do we need to buy/install?

See Software Specifications


Can students use their device at recess and lunch?

No, except if completing schoolwork in the library. The school’s Use of Personal Mobile Devices Policy applies. All students are encouraged to socialise or actively engage in yard games during recess and lunch.


What happens if there is a software/hardware fault or damage to a device?

If software and if a department required software suite (i.e. Office365) school technician/library staff will offer basic support. This will resolve the most common issues.


If further support is needed:

Bought through JB Hi-Fi Education and Winthrop Australia – Parents contact the JB Hi-Fi Education and Winthrop Australia Service Department. Bought through a retailer – Parents should approach the retailer or device manufacturer.


How often/much will the device be used?

The device may be used twice a day on average. However, the device is a learning tool and will be used by staff to add value to the class learning as appropriate. Students are encouraged to access study materials in their own time as part of a structured homework and revision schedule. All study materials and course content will be available through Compass.


Do students need to bring their device to every lesson?

Yes, they will be carrying the device like their other learning tools in their bag.


What technical support do we get?

Support will be provided to connect all devices to the wireless network if the minimum specifications for the device are met.  If this does not solve the problem, Kelmscott SHS technician will assess only those devices purchased through the JB Hi-Fi Education and Winthrop Australia portal and if necessary, refer back to parents to log a job through the JB Hi-Fi Education and Winthrop Australia Service Department. Devices will be collected and returned by JB Hi-Fi Education and Winthrop Australia directly via the school site.


How do I manage my Data?

Students can store up to 300mbs on the school server.  It is important that students establish a good data management system on their own device. Please note access to school drives are not available outside of school hours therefor we encourage students to use cloud storage (OneDrive) or a USB/external hard drive device.


How does the school monitor my usage?

The use of the network at Kelmscott SHS will be monitored and if used inappropriately by a student access will be revoked. Use of student mobile phones (hot spotting) for BYOD devices is not authorised at Kelmscott SHS. VPNs are not permitted to use during school hours.


Can I recharge at school if my battery is flat?

It is preferable and highly recommended that students charge their device overnight and/or bring a fully charged power bank. At present there are no charging stations available but will look into a safe and convenient way to allow students access to charge their devices. These charging stations however will only be available in the library before school or during lunchtime and will be monitored by library staff for safety reasons.