All students are expected to have a device for school use. This is to ensure that all students have equal opportunity to develop ICT capabilities and digital literacies. These skills are embedded throughout the Australian Curriculum and are important to success in our modern world.
Recommended Device Portal
KHS has partnered with Learning With Technologies (LWT) to provide an online purchasing portal with suitable devices. The school has negotiated a competitive price for our families, but we receive no commission on the devices.
The advantages of purchasing through the BYOD recommended device portal:
- Devices are ‘educational standard’ which means that you can be assured that they have the necessary battery life, storage capacity and ‘sturdiness’ for the rigours of school life.
- A three year on-site warranty is included in the price.
- There is also the ability to organise insurance for damage, loss or theft (if not covered through household insurance) as part of the package.
- KHS is the service point for any issues. Instead of returning the device to the retailer, students can drop it into the IT Help desk and our staff will arrange for it to be repaired by the manufacturer, with a short turn-around.
LWT also provide a ‘rent to buy’ option for families, which is accessible through the recommended device portal (link below). That way, families will be able to pay the device off on a monthly basis if that works better than an outright purchase. (Online application process applies)
The following devices are currently available on the portal...
Please contact the school if you are unsure which device may be suitable for your child or to discuss alternate options.
Devices can certainly be purchased from other retailers such as Harvey Norman, JB HiFi or locally at TechMe Gawler. Devices should meet the minimum requirements and we recommend that you have a good look at what warranty options are provided:
Limited KHS Loan Computers
A limited number of better quality second hand devices will be available for long-term loan from the school. Our Governing Council has developed criteria for allocation, which will mainly be around evidence of financial hardship, but other aspects will be taken into consideration, including the number of students in the family attending KHS, etc. Families will be able to apply for one of these devices early in Term 4. Application forms will be made available to current and future (year 7) families with decisions made by mid Term 4.
A very small number (less than 20) of aged laptops will be available for short-term (daily) loan. Priority will be given to students who are having their own device repaired, etc.
For further information, please click on the link below to view the BYOD Information Flyer.
Policy, Filtering & Security
Students are required to complete and sign the ICT & Cyber Safety Permission and Acceptance form. Click on the links below to view the ICT & Cyber Safety Policy and Permission and Acceptance form.
The policy/permission and acceptance form also available from the school Reception office. This agreement will remain ‘active’ during enrolment at Kapunda High School.
While using their devices, students at school are connected to the school network and will automatically use the school internet, protected by standard network policies, school filtering and security. The school’s wireless network filters online content to prevent students accessing inappropriate content.
BYOD Connection Days - Dates to be confirmed
Each year we run an optional BYOD Connection Day to enable new students to access their KHS login details a few days early and get connected to the school network. Recommended software can also be installed on this day to allow students to familiarise themseles with their device ahead of what can be an overwhelming first week of school.
This year there will be three time slots available from 9.30am-10.30am, 11am to 12pm and 2pm-3pm. Due to Covid we require bookings with limited numbers to each session. Covid Check-in will be required on arrival. Limit to one adult per student in attendance. Please do not attend the site if you are unwell or have been linked to any recent Covid close contacts or hotspots.
Students will need to bring their device fully charged.
This session is optional, so if you miss out or can't make it you don't need to worry. All students will have the opportunity to get connected during the first week of school.