An overview of the 1:1 Laptop Program...
St Mary’s College is introducing a school owned, student managed laptop
program in 2010.
Students will have access to their own laptop 24/7; at school, home and
Students in Year 8 will be issued with a laptop to use for the year.
This will be returned at the end of the year to re-issue to the new Year
8 cohort in the following year. The laptops will have a life span of
Students in Year 9 will be issued with a laptop to use for the next four
years at St Mary’s College. If they graduate from Year 12, the girls
will have the option to take the laptops with them.
If a student leaves the College prior to the end of Year 12, they will
be expected to return the laptop.
The Federal Government has indicated that devices purchased with funds
must remain in the College for the full four years. This means students
in Year 9 will automatically be able to take their laptop with them when
their finish Year 12. However, Year 10 laptops will only be three years
old and this will not automatically apply to them.
The funding from the Federal Government will cover the purchase of
laptops assigned to Year 9 and some of the Year 10. As a majority of the
Year 10 devices will be purchased by the College using our own funds, it
will be possible for us to engage in an arrangement with these students
at the end of Year 12 to pay a residual in order to take their laptop
An increased Technology Levy will be required (from 2011) to cover the
cost of this program. However, it must be clear that the levy will be
charged to upgrade current technology within the College and the
inclusion of Year 8 in our laptop program, and not the cost of the
laptops purchased using the Federal Government funding. However, as a
College, the cost will be equally shared across all members of our
community from Years 8-12 and will be a per student levy from 2011, and
not per family.
Students will be issued with a hard case, to be used at all times when
carrying the laptop around the College grounds and in particular, in the
bags to and from school. Laptops not in use must be secured in lockers.
A Service Centre will be established as part of the operation of the
Students will be responsible for charging their laptops ready for use
each day. So as not to impede learning, students will be able to borrow,
on occasions, chargers from the Resource Centre. Frequent users will be
referred to the Reflection Room, to reflect on their inability to
prepare thoroughly for class.
Laptops will be issued to Year 8-10 in 2010. Details about the deployment of
these laptops are given below...
The College will
purchase laptops for Year 9 and some Year 10 using the Federal Funding. The
current Technology Levy will be used to purchase laptops for the Year 8 and
remaining Year 10 students. The current computer laboratories will be
maintained for use by our Year 11 and 12 students.
By 2012, all students
in the College will be operating with their own laptop device. The
technology levy will be charged per student and as noted above, parents can
anticipate an increase in this levy to support the upgrade of our current
facilities and resources.
Year 10 will be
issued with their laptops at the start of Term Two. Years 8 and 9 will be
deployed at the start of Semester Two. The provision of the laptops will
require parents, students and the College to enter into an agreement and a
handbook of policies to assist with communicating expectations related to
the use of these devices are being developed and will be published in the
future on the website for your information.
Each deployment will
require parents to attend an information evening with their daughter to
enable us to discuss these expectations and to enter into this agreement. We
look forward to working with parents and their daughters as we engage in
this exciting new phase in the delivery of learning and teaching.
About the Laptop...
The Laptop elected to be purchased is the...
Dell Latitude E4500D laptop
(Core2 Duo P8700 processor; 2GB RAM; 250GB Sata(7200RPM);
14.1" WXGA (1280x800; discrete NVIDEA video card; 9 cell battery; webcam;
8xDVD +/-RW; 1Gb Lan; WIFI, Intel 5300; Bluetooth and 90W power adapter)
Included in the packaged purchased with Dell, is a
Professional Support for End User. This provides a 24/7 access to a service
center which assumes the user is not computer literate and provides next day
guarantee (at home or at school).
Mary’s College recognises the financial and other support received from the
Commonwealth through the National Secondary Schools Computer Fund (NSSCF).