WSC Laptop Program

Computers for each student 2019 (1:1 Program)
From 2019 all students at WSC will need to have a computer as a basic tool of learning. Having access to a device in class enables students to lead some elements of their learning and to collaborate and access resources in different ways. Having a device to use and maintain also helps to develop a student’s sense of responsibility. Some advantages of having a device at school include:

  • Developing digital literacy skills relevant for future learning and engagement

  • Students can access necessary resources online to support learning

  • Supporting effective online collaboration

Our aim is to make this as easy as possible. Parents or guardians of students entering Year 7 require a device that will last them until at least the end of Year 10. Students entering Year 10 are likely to have to upgrade their device.

Parents or guardians can choose to either provide the device themselves (BYOD) or use the WSC purchasing portal, with outright purchase and finance options available. Please see below for further information and support available.


Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

 

Parents may decide to purchase a computer from another supplier. If this is the case then the following needs to be noted:

  • Software is available for students but they will need to load the software themselves

  • Technician support is limited to only assisting students whilst they load the settings required to the WSC wireless network and internet access

  • College technicians cannot fix software or hardware issues for these devices

Minimum specifications:

  • Intel Celeron CPU

  • 4GB RAM

  • 128GB SSD

  • 11.6” screen

  • Internal ethernet port

  • Windows 7

Recommended specifications:

  • Intel Core i5 CPU

  • 8GB RAM

  • 256GB+ SSD

  • 13.3”+ screen

  • Internal ethernet port

  • Windows 10


Frequently Asked Questions

What software will be on the devices?+

As part of the licensing agreement with the Department of Education, students have access to up to six licences for Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Visio, OneNote, etc.), Adobe Design and Web suite, and other educational software. To access the software you need to either sign a BYOD form so that the appropriate software for the device can be downloaded, or when your device is delivered to the school the IT team will image the device with the appropriate software.

Is there anti-virus software available?+

Installation of anti-virus software is highly recommended. Microsoft has Windows Defender as the default, which is our preferred option. A full scan is required before students connect to the WiFi.

How should BYOD devices be labelled?+

Please do not engrave devices as this may void warranty conditions. It is recommended that devices have a clear label and device cases with the student's name. Any peripherals such as a mouse or pen should also be labelled.

What if the device breaks?+

A temporary device may be borrowed from the school.

What about safe internet use?+

Appropriate use of the internet is closely monitored by a filtering system which allows content blocking by an automatically updated list of categories and sites. Teachers, students, and parents/guardians share the responsibility to ensure safe and responsible use of devices at all times.

How will data stored on the hard drive be backed up?+

Students take responsibility for backing up their data. Data should be backed up to the student's Office365 account or onto a student-provided external hard drive. Each student has access to 1TB of online storage in their OneDrive account.

Will students submit work online?+

Some work will be submitted online, but not all work. It is a student's responsibility to ensure they submit work on time, and device failure or lack of back-up should not be offered as a reason for late submission.

Will there be charging stations available at school?+

Devices should be charged fully at home, as charger cables can trip people in the classroom and are easily lost at school. We advise that devices, phones, tablets etc are charged overnight ready for the next day. Make it part of your family ritual to pack the schoolbag and plug in devices the night before school.

Many of the inspiring technologies available today will be able to connect with these devices. If the technologies we are engaging with require specialist tools beyond your device, we will generally provide these.

What is the lifespan of the device? When would we need a new one?+

Most devices has a 3-4 year life span, at which point software begins to outdate the hardware. Some things that may improve the lifespan of a device are: mindful physical care and handling of the device; add RAM or replace the battery if possible; protect the screen and shell by using a carry bag or hard case; and shutting the computer down once a day.

Will there be no more writing?+

We are keen to support our learning with new opportunities wherever possible, but fully intend to also support learning with reading from books and writing with pens as well. We are aware that the world is changing and we want to support our students to embrace change with support and guidance.


Financial Support

If any family is experiencing financial hardship, then please do contact the school to discuss potential payment plan options and see the DET-recommended assistance programs below.

Government Assistance Programs

  • State Schools’ Relief may cover the cost of new school uniforms, shoes, books and more for disadvantaged students. State Schools’ Relief only responds to requests from school principals, assistant principals, or welfare coordinators. Parents or guardians who are struggling need to make an appointment with the school to discuss their situation.

  • Student Scholarships are generally awarded on the basis of academic achievement, participation in the school and local community, or financial need, but are not limited to these. The Department of Education and Training administers 35 different student scholarships, equating to approximately 250 scholarship awards as some scholarships have more than one award.

Information Services

  • Crisis Referral Information System (CRIS) Online Directory provides a broad range of information for people seeking welfare assistance, advice and general referral and support. The online directory contains comprehensive information on services and organisations such as those providing support in respect to accommodation, domestic violence, drug & alcohol treatment, health, material aid and mental health.

  • Community Information and Support Victoria (CISVic) is the peak body representing local community information and support services. Its member agencies assist people experiencing personal and financial difficulties by providing information, referral and support services including emergency relief.

Community Assistance Programs

  • Saver Plus is an initiative of Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ, delivered locally by community organisations in 22 locations in Victoria. Saver Plus assists individuals and families on lower incomes to have every dollar up to $500 saved over a 10-month period matched by ANZ to go towards education-related costs.

  • The Smith Family’s ‘Learning for Life program provides financial support, guidance and mentoring for disadvantaged students. The Smith Family works with a select number of schools and may require referral from the school principal.

  • A Start in Life is an Australian charity based in New South Wales that provides assistance to disadvantaged students from kindergarten through to tertiary studies.

  • Good Shepherd Microfinance provides affordable financial programs for people on low or limited incomes that may assist families to afford educational costs and other expenses. The No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) provides access to fair and safe credit (up to $1,200) for the purchase of essential goods and services delivered through a network of local community organisations in 650 locations across Australia, including through Financial Counselling Victoria and Travellers Aid.

Commonwealth Family Assistance

  • The Commonwealth Government provides a range of payments and services to help families look after their children’s health, education and other family issues. Depending on family circumstances, young people between 15 and 24 years of age may be eligible for Youth Allowance, Newstart Allowance or ABSTUDY. These payments provide financial support while young people are looking for work, studying, training or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship.

  • Centrepay is a free, voluntary service for Centrelink customers to pay expenses as regular deductions from their Centrelink payments. Centrepay can help families to pay for many types of bills, such as education fees and expenses, child care, rent, electricity, gas and water bills, or medical services.

Additional Information

  • Ardoch Youth Foundation has published a comprehensive list of support options available to provide financial assistance to families and reduce school costs.