Bring your own Device (BYOD)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is BYOD?

Bring your own Device (BYOD) is the technology programme whereby students in years 7 - 10 are required to bring their own device to complement their learning at Parramatta Marist High School. Bringing their own device provides students with the opportunity to maintain complete ownership of their device while using it to further their experiences in the classroom. 

Why BYOD?

BYOD enhances the experiences of our students by providing complete ownership of their devices, their learning and will enable allowing access to global resources accessible by the internet while enhancing collaboration with their peers in creative problem solving.

What are the minimum specifications?

Parramatta Marist requires students to have access to a fully charged Apple device at the start of each day. The required minimum specifications for BYOD devices are as follows:

13” MacBook Air

  • Processor: 1.8GHz Dual Core Intel Core i5 
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB PCIe Flash Storage
  • Protective Case: Highly Recommended

Can I buy a different model MacBook for my son?

Yes, the above specifications are for the base model MacBook Air which is the minimum specifications, should you wish to modify the specifications of the devices or purchase a different model MacBook, you are welcome to do so. 

What if I already have an Apple MacBook and meets these specifications?

There is no restriction on previously purchased devices being identified as the BYOD device for your son. It is however a requirement that the device has up 6 hours minimum battery life without requiring charge.

Where can we purchase the BYOD device from?

BYOD devices can be purchased at any retail store of your choice. There is no restriction placed on the purchase location.

Recommendations

Purchasing Online

Parramatta Marist through the CEDP recommend pricing comparison and also investigating the use of the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) purchase portal: http://byod.parra.catholic.edu.au/

Purchasing through the CEDP BYOD Portal will provide families with access to the following additional options:

  • Access to a “one stop online shop” with access to items from recommended devices to peripherals including adaptors, external hard drives and protective cases;
  • Access to a subsided educational price list for all Apple devices;
  • Optional extension to Applecare warranty inclusive in purchase price;
  • Access to a large range of 1:1 and/or group Genius Bar courses in store; and
  • 0% interest on purchase plans.
Purchasing In store

In addition to the above BYOD portal provided by CEDP through Apple, the following two Apple Stores will be able to provide the same pricing and device range to families who identify themselves with Parramatta Marist High School or the CEDP.

Apple Store Castle Hill

Castle Towers Shopping Centre
6-14 Castle Street
Castle Hill, NSW 2154
(02) 8864 0800

Apple Store Westfields Penrith

Westfield Penrith
585 High Street
Penrith, NSW 2750
(02) 4702 9400

What happens if the device is damaged?

As the device is a personal device, the responsibility for all damage and repairs lies with the students and their families.

Parramatta Marist highly recommends purchasing the extension of the Apple Care Warranty as well as investigating device coverage under home and contents insurance policies held by the families to reduce risk of high cost should any damage or theft occur.

What are the requirements around setup of the device?

All students MUST have access to an administrator account on their device. Students will be unable to connect their devices to the school network if they do not have administrative rights.

The provision of passwords to ICT Staff to complete such processes is not acceptable and will not be permitted.

Will my son require any software installed or will he be able to install any software?

There are no minimum software requirements. However, for students to access the school network the installation of a management profile is required. No remote management is enabled by this. Students will require administrative permissions to complete this installation.

CEDP Students are also provided with access to enterprise software like Microsoft Office 365 and some Adobe products from time to time dependent on their subject selections. This will be offered to the students from time to time.

What support is available to my son and I at school?

Parramatta Marist ICT Services is located in the Br Ludovic Learning Centre and provides technical support to staff, students and parents daily between 8:00am - 4:00pm.

Our staff are not authorised Apple repairers and therefore can not provide any repair services onsite. We can provide recommendation and informed support to students and their families as required.

If your son forgets his device for a day, a loan device can be provided by ICT Services after a written note for your son’s year coordinator is received.

Should your son’s device be out of action for a duration of time due to repair or other circumstances, Parramatta Marist ICT Services can provide a loan device for the duration of the repair after a written letter from a parent and/or guardian is received by your son’s year coordinator.

Contact Information

ICT Services

Mr Ryan Pigram - ICT Infrastructure Manager
P: 02 9635 7066 E: parramaristict@parra.catholic.edu.au