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  • To ensure there are clear guidelines for the use of personal devices within the school.
  • To ensure that children use the devices in a safe and responsible manner.
  • To ensure that parents/caregivers know what is expected and to protect the school network system.


For the purposes of BYOD (Bring your own Device), “device” indicates a privately owned, portable, wireless, electronic piece of equipment.


It is important that technology is valued in our school and that we provide a 21st Century curriculum that prepares students for adult life. Many students live in a world that has instant access to information and communication. 1 – 1 access of personal devices can be harnessed to encourage individual and collaborative learning.  Having a personally owned device allows the learning to become individualised as the device is specifically set up for them, with their photos, music, graphics, log ins and accounts.  They are able to access their learning at home.

Acceptable devices:

  • Apple iPad Air
  • Apple iPad mini

Girls in years 4 – 8 are expected to have an iPad.

We find iPads are the most suitable device for BYOD and iPad minis are just as useful and a much cheaper option.

Girls in younger classes may bring an iPad, but it is not an expectation.  If they do, they must sign this agreement.

Operating Guidelines

  1. Where mobile devices are used to enhance learning in the classroom, students without a personal device still have access to a school computer.
  2. E-Safety awareness will be taught annually in the senior school.
  3. Personally owned devices are brought in at the owner’s risk. The students are required to act responsibly and need to take sensible precautions when in public areas and deciding where to store their devices. We recommend that students and parents purchase the necessary insurance cover to protect their investment and consider insuring against theft and accidental damage and to make sure that where possible, devices are listed in the cover. It is always a good idea to record the device’s serial number to have in case of theft. iPads have a device locator; it is recommended that this feature is enabled.
  4. St John’s Girls’ School is not responsible for the theft of a device, nor are they responsible for any damage to the device while at school. Theft should be reported immediately to the teacher.
  5. Wi-Fi is freely available at the school. No data plan is required but should you have one, St John’s Girls’ School is not responsible for any overuse.
  6. Students with a personally owned device are to use the wireless network. At no time are students allowed to use personal Wi-Fi or mobile broadband (3G or 4G) service for data as this bypasses the school filtering service (as well as costing the owner money).
  7. A comprehensive network is established throughout the school enabling devices to seamlessly detect and connect to the school wireless network.
  8. Internet filtering is provided by our internet provider. While students own their devices, the network being used belongs to the school and internet access will be filtered while the students are connected through the school’s wireless network.  However, with the increasing use of secure websites, (https), filtering is less reliable.
  9. All mobile devices brought into school for use in the classroom need to be recorded on an administrative spreadsheet by the classroom teacher. This will include the student’s name, room number, and device serial number.
  10. The device is for the use of the owner. Any sharing is at the owner’s discretion.
  11. Most apps will be free or a minimal cost. Homeroom teachers use different apps.  They will let you know which apps are required.
  12. Any purchasing or updating of purchased apps/software will be the responsibility of the owner. Please be mindful that even to download free apps, you or your child needs to have an iTunes account which requires either a credit card number or iTunes voucher.  We encourage the use of vouchers.  If they have an account, they will need to know their iTunes password.  iPads can be set up so they can download free apps without the need for a password.  We will be reinforcing the responsibility required to manage this and suggest that you take time at home to discuss your expectations. Students may download apps at school, providing they have the permission of their teacher and that the app is required as part of their classroom programme.
  13. Mobile devices will be able to access the wireless internet. They will not access the school network or photocopier (printer). Work will need to be saved on Google Drive or on the machines own hard drive. Some network solutions for printing include saving it or emailing it to Google Drive then printing it from home or a school computer, or e-mailing it to the teacher. Using school printers is at the discretion of the teacher. A benefit of Google Drive is that editing and feedback can be given electronically, so printing is only required for the final stage of presentation.
  14. Teachers will encourage the use of mobile devices where possible but this will vary from class to class and day to day.
  15. These guidelines will be signed annually and serve as an agreement between the child, parent and school around the use of portable devices. The ‘school’ has the right to access personal devices if a breach of the agreement is suspected.  Should a violation be discovered, consequences will follow, ie losing the right to use the personal device for a specified time or the right to use the school network.
  16. Students using a personally owned device must have signed the Student Computer Internet Agreement annually and the BYOD Procedure to show they have read it and agree to it.
  17. Classrooms will have a secure place to store devices when the girls are not in the room. It is the child’s responsibility to put it there.
  18. Devices are not to be used at breaks without the permission of the teacher. This includes cell phones.
  19. All alarms/ringers are to be silent.
  20. Devices must be fully charged before coming to school.
  21. Students are not to upload images, work, videos etc without the permission of the teacher and in doing so must abide by the school rules around using images, i.e. include no identifying information.
  22. Music and gaming apps will be kept to a minimum so that the memory will be available when required at school.
  23. Students must relate to others online in a positive, ethical manner.
  24. Students must consider the school’s reputation and image when posting photos online of themselves or others in school uniform.