2017 Laptop Program

Our student laptop program plays a critical role in ensuring that our students have the right access to technology to meet their learning needs. Our laptop program is reviewed annually. The information below is for the information of all parents, but particularly those who are joining the school in 2017, have students entering Year 7 or 8 in 2017 or have a need to upgrade or replace an existing device.

The arrangements for student devices from 2017 are as follows:

  • Early Learning Centre will continue to offer access to iPads and desktops as per their existing program.
  • Reception to Year 5 students will have access to devices in the classroom and specialist computer suites at no additional charge.
  • Year 6 students will have one-to-one access to classroom sets of devices for use at School only, which will incur a minimal annual charge of $125, to be included in the core costs of the 2017 School Fees schedule.
  • Years 7 to 12 students are expected to have their own laptop in readiness for Term 1 Week 1 2017. This laptop must be either a device recommended by the School, available for purchase through its supplier, or a Bring Your Own Other Device consistent with the School’s Laptop Device Specifications.
  • Please note that as from 2017 there will no longer be a ‘rent to own’ program for new laptops. Families that are purchasing a device through the existing 'rent to own' arrangement will continue with that arrangement and payment plan until it is finalised, at which point the device is owned by the family. No further action is required for students currently using a ‘rent to own’ laptop; if maintained in good order, these will continue to be suitable for 2017 (and beyond).
  • Core costs and consumables related to IT for all year levels will continue to be covered as part of the annual core costs component of the School Fees schedule. The ‘Rent to Own’ annual cost will be itemised on the fee schedule for the relevant year levels.

The Laptop Program

If your son or daughter requires a new laptop in 2017, the following outlines the options available to meet the School’s Laptop Device specifications:

Option 1 - Bring Your Own School Recommended Laptop

The School regularly reviews what is available in the technology marketplace to ensure the annually recommended laptop meets the requirements of today’s learning environment. For 2017, we highly recommend purchasing one of two specified Lenovo laptops:

  • the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e, priced at approximately $1200; 
  • the more advanced Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 260, which will be approximately $1650 - this model is recommended for senior students who are doing subjects that may require a more powerful processor and storage (eg design, arts, IT, technology).

Specifications for the recommended Lenovo laptops can be found here: 2017 Recommended Devices.

Both of these laptops are competitively priced and known for their durability. Each will meet the personalised learning requirements for students from Years 7 to 12. It is ultimately a family decision as to which laptop best suits your son or daughter’s needs and your budget.

A laptop ordered through the School recommended program will be delivered with a Westminster image, pre-loaded with school supplied software, and be ready to connect to the school network. Recommended devices will receive full support from our IT Services Department including software updates and anti-virus.

Both recommended laptops will be available from the School’s supplier, Datacom, through an online ordering portal, expected to open on Monday 17 October and close on Friday 25 November. Placing an order within this timeframe will ensure that the laptop, which will be delivered to the school, is ready to collect on the first day of Term 1 2017.

The portal address and any other required information has been emailed to parents. If you have not received this email or misplaced it, please contact portalhelp@westminster.sa.edu.au.

As from 2017 there is no ‘rent to own’ program for new laptops so full payment will be required to the supplier at the time of ordering.

Option 2 - Bring Your Own Other Device

If your son or daughter requires a new laptop in 2017 then we strongly recommend that you consider the preferred Lenovo models for purchase through the School’s supplier. However, widening the Laptop program to allow for students in Years 7 to 12 to bring their own device does provide a degree of flexibility for families to make their own purchases or use an existing home device for student learning, should they prefer.

In order for all student devices to be effective in our network and programs, we ask that any device you have or are intending to purchase is consistent with the School’s Laptop Device Specifications, which provide the benchmark when determining the School’s recommended laptop models. Unfortunately, devices not consistent with these specifications cannot be supported and may compromise your child’s learning at Westminster. Your own device will also require the necessary software to be loaded at home or by your vendor in readiness for school usage.

Non-recommended devices will receive limited support from our IT Services team beyond assistance to connect to the network. Maintenance and software updates will be the student or parent/caregiver’s responsibility for those devices.

If you wish to Bring Your Own Other Device and you are unsure if the device is suitable, or if you have any technical questions in relation to laptop program, then please contact our IT Support Desk E: portalhelp@westminster.sa.edu.au in the first instance.

If you have any other questions regarding the 2017 Laptop Program, please contact the Director of Learning, Andrea Sherwood E: asherwood@westminster.sa.edu.au

Further details regarding purchasing of devices through the Datacom portal will be emailed to families in late September/early October, 2016.

Policies

Use of ICT and devices by students at Westminster School is subject to the following policies: