To support our classroom learning Rowville Secondary College is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school. This means that all year 7-12 students will be required to bring a laptop to school every day.
Please note if you have already purchased an iPad, we will continue to use these for year 8 and 9 students in 2021, and year 9 students in 2022. iPads will phase out by the end of 2022.
2021 – year 8 & year 9
2022 – year 9 only
Do I need to purchase a new device for my child?
If your child already owns a device that meets the requirements, they can bring that to school and will not need to buy a new device.
If I need to buy a device for my child, where should I purchase it from?
You may purchase devices from any supplier, however, RSC has an agreement with JB Hi Fi solutions who will make a purchase portal available from the RSC website.
The Purchase Portal will contain a number of options for students at different price points. All of the options will satisfy the minimum required specifications.
JB Hi Fi Solutions
**Purchase Portal opening soon.
What happens if my child’s device gets damaged or stolen whilst at school.
Parents are strongly encouraged to consider insurance and warranty cover for BYODs, as they are not covered by the school. Devices purchased through the Purchase Portal will have warranty options.
RSC has developed policies, protocols and procedures designed to encourage safe and responsible use, but cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage of devices.
How much will BYOD cost?
We recognise that the purchase of a device is a major decision and a significant expense. A good quality device may last a number of years and viewed over the long term, the total expenses of school are considerably less.
The purpose of identifying minimum specifications is to allow families to utilise suitable devices that they already own.
The Purchase Portal that will be available from the school website.
RSC has developed an Equity Policy designed to assist families experiencing financial difficulties. Please contact the College for further details.
Will my child use their device all the time?
The devices are intended to be used as tools for learning and will be used along with all the other tools available at school and home (e.g. pen, paper, calculators, books, etc).
Will students use their devices before school or during breaks?
Devices will be left in lockers during breaks. Students may be involved in special, teacher- supervised activities during breaks that require devices. In this case, the teacher-in-charge will manage the children while they collect, use and return their devices.
Will my child still use handwriting?
Yes. Devices will not totally replace handwriting. The mode of communication used will depend on the learning opportunity.
Will internet access be filtered?
Yes. All internet access via our network (WiFi and wired) is routed through CyberHaund Filtering for internet delivery and firewall. Whilst this is a new and sophisticated system, it is worth noting that no filter system is perfect given the dynamic nature of the internet.