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Bring your own device

Technology and the use of digital tools are increasingly important across all areas of the curriculum. There are a few models of BYOD (bring your own device) that North Sydney Boys has chosen after working with parents in the P&C, students, and staff. Students at North Sydney Boys will be required to bring a mobile computing device to school every day, except on a sport Wednesday.

The technology policy regarding BYOD for 2019 has been designed to give freedom for students and parents to make technology choices that suit your circumstances.

We recommend a range of devices, however students may bring any device that meets our device specifications and is able to work with the NSBHS wireless infrastructure.

The devices must have software to allow the students to fully participate in class activities. Though the school will be able to give students basic assistance, the device is still your own and it is the student's responsibility to keep it secure and functional.

Parents and students will be required to sign a user charter that sets out how the device can be used at school.

Recommended devices

The school has negotiated with HP and JB Hi-Fi to offer computing devices to parents. These vendors/products have been selected by the school based on the following criteria:

  • The design and specification meets both the school and DoE standards
  • Multiple warranty packages are available including on-site (at school or at home).
  • The vendors have substantial experience with education and a long association with the Department of Education.
  • The pricing is extremely competitive and has been negotiated with the school.
  • Vendors will offer optional insurance packages and may also offer payment plans.

Purchasing portal

Recommended Devices can be purchased through the links below. Hewlett-Packard (HP) and JB Hi-Fi are the companies that will be offering BYOD products through the Purchasing Portal:


JB Hi-Fi:

The access code will be provided on Orientation Day for new students entering the school in 2019. For current students, the access code is available on request.

Bring your own device

Families may already own devices or may choose to pay less for a mobile device.

Devices need to meet minimum specifications. If they do not meet the specifications below, devices will not function/or be suitable for our environment.

Minimum specifications include:

  • Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or Apple macOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or above
  • Laptop, tablet or convertible/hybrid device
  • Tablet devices must have a physical hardware keyboard with A-Z and 0-9 keys that move when depressed.
  • At least 6 hours battery life (students are not allowed to bring chargers to school)
  • Screen size - 9.7" - 13.3" (inches)
  • Wi-Fi with 5Ghz 802.11ac

It may also be important to consider the following when choosing a device. Additional considerations:

  • Maximum weight - 2kg
  • Minimum RAM - 4GB
  • Storage - Solid state drive (SSD) at least 120GB in size
  • Accidental loss and breakage insurance
  • Additional warranty - devices purchased through retail outlets usually come with 1 year of warranty. Devices obtained through the Purchasing Portal can be purchased with 3 years of warranty which includes warranty onsite at NSBHS or at home.

Keeping devices secure

Past experience has demonstrated that students are generally capable of keeping their devices secure. However there are many anti-virus software options available, such as Windows Defender, if this is a concern.

You are advised to consider insuring the device against loss or damage, particularly if it is of significant value since the school and the Department of Education does not accept liability for loss or damage to student devices.