CCGS Student Device Program

Technology

Christ Church Grammar School as a long history of utilising effective contemporary technologies to supplement and/or enhance teaching, learning and school administration. Emerging changes to technology are periodically reviewed to ensure that the Christ Church community maintains access to technologies that are diverse, effective and meet the expectations of the community. In terms of teaching and learning, Christ Church Grammar School has adopted a school funded one to one device program across its student and teacher bodies.

The devices

Christ Church Grammar School (CCGS) has been through an extensive evolution of devices programs since the introduction of devices in 2003. Having journeyed through the many iterations of device programs including handhelds, labs, laptop trollies etc., the School has decided to use two categories of devices for the students in the foreseeable future:

  • The iPad – For students in Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6
  • The Surface – For students in Years 7 to 12

Preparatory School

Deployment in 2019

  • All students in the Preparatory School have been allocated an Apple iPad.
  • All Preparatory School iPads remain in class and do not travel home.
  • The model and configuration of devices allocated vary according to year group
    • Pre-Kindergarten to Year 4: iPad Pro 9.7′ with case
    • Years 5 to 6: iPad Pro 10.5′ with case, Apple Keyboard and Pencil

Expectation of boys

  • Boys are expected to take care of the device to avoid any physical damage during school time.
  • Return devices to charging cradle and start the charge process once the device is no longer needed.
  • Report non-working or damaged devices.
  • Always listen to the instructions of the teacher.

Senior School

Deployment in 2019

  • All students in the Senior School are allocated a Microsoft Surface device running Windows 10.
  • These devices can act as a laptop or tablet so to be flexible enough to be used with different learning techniques.
  • All Senior School devices are take-home devices.
  • The model and configuration of devices allocated vary according to year group:
    • Year 7 to Year 8: Surface Go with case, charger, external battery, Microsoft Keyboard and Pen
    • Year 9: Surface Pro 4/5 with case, charger, Microsoft Keyboard and Pen
    • Year 10 to Year 12: Surface Book 2 with case, charger and Microsoft Pen

Expectation of boys

  • Fully charge your device each night at home.
  • Fully charge your external battery over night at home,  if you have been allocated one.
  • Become familiar with how OneDrive works and how files are organised on your device.
  • Ask the helpdesk and/or teacher for support sooner rather than at the last minute.
  • Have any required software loaded before coming into class.
  • Bring your Microsoft Pen to school each day.
  • Store devices and accessories in lockers during sports or other activities that do not require them.
  • Boys are expected to take care of their devices and accessories to minimise class disruption.
  • Boys are expected to report and malfunctioning, damaged or lost devices as soon as possible.
  • Refrain from leaving your devices and accessories unattended
  • Always listen to the instructions of the teacher.

When at home

  • Use the device to complete any homework, assessment or study.
  • Refrain from using the device to access any inappropriate material or disruptive social media.
  • Parents are encouraged to look at Nexus (via the students login on the device) regularly.

Recommendations for Parents/Guardians

  • Requst that boys use the device in an open area, where it can be visually monitored.
  • Encourage your boys to show you what software and learning material they have on the devices and on Nexus.
  • You, as the parent or guardian, regardless of any persuasive argument your son makes, at all times govern the use of the Christ Church device at home.
  • The device is owned by Christ Church Grammar School, which explicitly gives parents or guardians full authority over the device when it is at home.

Device and accessory damage and loss/theft procedures and cost

  • While all devices and accessories lent out to students are owned by Christ Church, students are expected to take the utmost care of these borrowed devices when they have possession of them.
  • The student’s billing account is charged for loss, theft or repair of devices under the student’s care. This is a general condition agreed to when enrolling a student at Christ Church.
  • If the Christ Church provided device is lost or stolen whilst in the care of the student:
    • The student is required to visit the ICT Centre and report the loss or theft to the Helpdesk staff.
    • The student’s parents/guardians will be then informed of the incident and any replacement costs involved.
    • The student will be issued a replacement device as soon as possible (usually within the same day).
    • The School subsidised replacement cost for a Surface Book 2 is $950 (Students in Years 10 to 12).
    • The School subsidised replacement cost for a Surface Go is $650 (Students in Years 7 to 8).
    • The School subsidised replacement cost for a Surface Pro is $650 (Student in Year 9).
  • If the Christ Church provided device is tampered with in a way that voids the Microsoft Warranty (e.g. repair by unauthorised repairer), this will incur a replacement cost as per the lost or stolen case above.
  • If the Christ Church provided device is damaged whilst in the care of a student:
    • The student is required to visit the ICT Centre and report the damage to the Helpdesk staff. Even small damages to the screen can be dangerous and as such required to be reported.
    • The student’s parents/guardians will be then informed of the incident and any repair / replacement costs involved.
    • The student will be issued a replacement device as soon as possible (usually within the same day).
    • Each repair or exchange of a damaged device will incur a fee of $200.
    • If a student damages their allocated device more than 3 times in three years, this will incur a subsidised replacement fee of $950 or $650, depending on the device.
  • Accessories
    • Students are expected to look after all of their device accessories and return them to ICT when returning their device.
    • Any loss or damage to these accessories will attract a retail replacement cost unless the student replaces the affected accessory with a like-for-like genuine accessory.
    • Some accessories are available for purchase from the Christ Church bookshop.
    • Accessories include: pens, keyboards, power banks, chargers and cases.
  • Please note that the repair or replacement costs charged are subject to the manufacturer repair process and as such subject to industry fluctuations.

Cyber-safety

Christ Church Grammar School will continue to:

  • Educate boys on safe and responsible internet and social media use
  • Follow Federal Government and best practice approaches to cyber-safety in schools
  • Filter and monitor all content accessed by boys while at school. As such Christ Church strongly discourages parents and guardians from purchasing wireless hotspot devices, such as Internet enabled smartphones or routers or any form of independent Internet plans for their boys, as these circumvent the School filtering system
  • Limit access to social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and the like) at school only to boarding students for defined periods out of school hours
  • Educate boys on digital citizenship and the expectation/responsibility of each person to protect their own online reputation as well as the reputation of their peers or teachers online

Special Christ Church device rules for students

  • Boys should refrain from taking and/or publishing photos and/or video of other students or staff without explicit prior consent of the person(s) involved
  • Boys should not play games or engage in any off-task access between 8:30am and 3:05pm each school day
  • Boys are prohibited from using the device during recess
  • Boys are to always abide by the school’s ICT Acceptable Use Policy when using Christ Church devices and equipment
  • Boys should not intentionally damage a device or case or related IT equipment.  If deemed purposeful, damages to equipment will be repaired at a cost to the parent / guardian. (This includes cutting or tearing holes in the case provided)
  • Boys should not leave their allocated device unattended at any time. Lockers are provided for the safekeeping of these devices.

All boys are expected to abide by these rules at all times. As these rules exist to protect students, staff and property any breaches of these rules can escalate to the application of severe consequences based on issue and iteration of repetition.