Students can opt to bring and use other devices provided they meet minimum specifications. The school will assist in network connection and access to school software but will not be able to extend onsite support or service to hardware or operation issues.
Be sure to present the BYOD@CSHS Minimum Specifications list if seeking to purchase a laptop.
If you wish to use a laptop you already own, we recommend that it not be older than two years and it will need to meet the minimum requirements in order to connect to our network and satisfactorily run the required programs.
- Make sure your chosen device meets the minimum specifications
- Submit the participation agreement (PDF, 1.4MB) and payment of $20 (EVERYDAY) or $40 (MEDIA) laptop to school cashier; then present receipted Participation Agreement and laptop to school IT support staff for connection
Note to Year 7 students: while participation agreements and payments can be submitted before the school year starts, laptops cannot be added to our network until Day 1 onwards. A class rotation will be implemented from Day 1 to work through all laptops. When it's their turn, students must present their laptop and the participation agreement which will be stamped to indicate payment. Please make sure everything is clearly labelled! Students shouldn't need their powerpacks at school as laptops should be fully charged at home each night.
Everyday versus Media
- For most students, the EVERYDAY device will meet school needs. Its specifications are sufficient for everyday programs such as MS Office, electronic textbooks, online programs and web browsing.
- An EVERYDAY device would be suitable for junior school
- Parents might like to consider an EVERYDAY device for junior years (7-9) and then weigh up student study interests for senior school and consider whether upgrading to a MEDIA device would be more appropriate or beneficial for their studies.
- For students with a strong interest and focus in media-based subjects such as Graphics, IT and Art, a MEDIA device will be more appropriate. Students will need Adobe software which is available through the school for $20 per year.
- NB Students of MEDIA subjects will have access to the necessary software on school computers, so students don't have to have their own laptop. However, it will be beneficial to their studies if they do.
The following devices are not suitable for BYOD
- Windows RT
- Linux distributions (eg Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora etc)
- Windows 10S devices (these must be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro in order to join our network. The school cannot provide this service.)