One-to-One Computer Program
The school commenced a 1:1 parent funded computer program in 2014, which required parents of Year 8 and Year 9 students to provide a notebook computer for their child. The integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into learning programs has seen the education landscape change markedly at the school over the past few years. Many teachers now rely on students’ access to a notebook computer as part of the learning program, and this reliance will continue to grow. Students now consider their own notebook computer to be indispensable in the classroom.
Parents of Year 7s and new students in 2017 are requested to provide a notebook computer or tablet for their child. The device needs to have a long battery life, be light and portable (maximum 14” screen), and it needs to be practical to use in the classroom. In 2016, most students used an Apple MacBook Air 11” model. Outright purchase of the base model 11” MacBook Air from a shop is $1399, or it can be purchased as part of a $1503 deal available through Winthrop Australia which will also include an extended three year Applecare warranty and a Targus Contego slipcase. The school will handle your warranty or insurance claims if it is purchased from Winthrop. Details of the offers available through Winthrop Australia can be viewed at https://portal.winaust.com.au/a/rossmoyneshs. You can order at any time, and it will be delivered to your home within 7-10 working days. Any missed deliveries will be held at Australia Post.
The price of an Apple MacBook Air has increased significantly since last year, and you may find better value with an alternative device. Students are currently using a variety of devices on the school network, and all have successfully connected to the network. These include Windows laptops, Surface tablets and Chromebooks. It is recommended parents do their own research. We have created a web page listing various devices at different price points at
This page lists laptops and tablets which have been well reviewed and which we think would work well as a school device. We have also included on the page other information which you may find useful.
We highly recommend that you also purchase a protective case for your child’s device. To provide the best protection against the pressure of heavy items in the school bag, which can crack the screen, it should be a hard case, or at least well padded. We also recommend insurance. Insurance can be quite cheap if you already have home and contents insurance. You need to phone your insurance company and have it added to your policy as an additional item. If you are buying a MacBook using Winthrop Australia, they also have optional insurance, which starts at $335 for three (3) years. You may get a much better deal than this with your home insurance.
What model do you recommend?
This is really up to you. Although most parents in 2016 purchased the base 11” MacBook Air, prices have increased significantly since then, and experience now shows that a wide range of devices work well. If you want to buy a MacBook, you might want to consider the 13” Air for an extra $129, which has a larger screen and longer battery life. You do not need to spend a great deal of money. Do your own research, and have a look at our page at:
If we already have a notebook computer at home, can my child use this?
Your device will need to have a good battery life and not be too large or heavy. You child is welcome to bring it to school and try it out. Some students are using Windows computers, tablets (e.g. iPad, Surface) and Chromebooks.
What happens if there is a warranty issue or a repair is needed on the MacBook we purchased from Winthrop Computers?
You can leave it at the school where it will be picked up and handled by Winthrop. If there is a charge for repairs not covered under warranty, you will need to arrange this with Winthrop Computers. If you did not buy your computer from Winthrop, you will need to make your own arrangements.
Can my child use an iPad or tablet?
Students will need to be able to use a keyboard, and they will probably find a screen keyboard too slow. If you want to use a tablet, consider a case with an integrated keyboard. Your child may find the screen too small, but this is up to you. Apple, Android and Windows tablets should all connect to our network.
Will I need to pay for extra software?
Most work in the classroom is web based, and there are usually no requirements to install extra software. You will need an office suite (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, etc.). Apple iWork is included for free with the MacBooks and there are a lot of free suites, including LibreOffice and Google Docs. Google Docs has the advantage of storing files in the cloud. Microsoft Office is not necessary, but some students are familiar with this and prefer to pay extra for it. When submitting work to their teachers online, students need to export their documents as a PDF, which can be done by any of these suites.
How much support can the school provide for my child’s device?
We will help getting it connected to the school network. The IT office at the school is available for students to visit with any problems, but we can’t help with hardware issues.
What if I cannot afford to purchase a notebook computer for my child?
For those who cannot at present afford to purchase their child a computer, we may have older MacBooks available for loan from the school, so that your child will not be disadvantaged in the classroom. A school loan depends on your circumstances. Contact the school for more information. There are low cost alternatives (under $400) listed at:
How often are student computers used in school?
Experience since the program began shows that students are quick to adopt new technology, and most are competent users of their computers and eager to use them for learning. It is difficult to answer just how much your child will use their notebook in the classroom, as it will vary. School staff need training and support in developing ways to integrate the notebooks effectively into their learning programs. This change has taken place at a steady pace over the last few years, and many teachers love the opportunities the student notebooks have opened up in the classroom, but it is occurring at an uneven pace within a large staff. We are committed to making this a positive experience, and getting the best possible benefit from the 1:1 program.
More specifically, some of the ways the student computers are used include:
- Many staff now place learning materials on Moodle, our online learning platform. Plagiarism checking is also performed when students upload their work using Turnitin via their Moodle class.
- Government run assessments, such as NAPLAN and OLNA, are increasingly being conducted online, and require student computers for completion. It is possible that by the time your child completes his or her ATAR exams in Year 12, they will be completed using a computer.
- In Mathematics, printed texts have been replaced by Pearson interactive eBooks and MathSpace.
- In the Social Sciences, the students’ computers are used for research, interactive online activities (such as Kahoot) and for completion of assignments.
- Many science teachers now have their resources on Moodle, and also regularly engage in online simulations and research.
- English teachers are increasingly using Moodle, and students rely on their computers for much of their research. English also use English Perfect online as a valuable learning resource.
Any questions should be directed to the school ICT Manager:
Sujit Pottayil Kuttappan
T: 9259 2121
or the school Administration Manager:
Please note: Prices are subject to change
School Computer Notebook / BYOT Program
Students involved in the school’s 1:1 Computer Notebook or BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) Program are required to sign the Acceptable Use Policy and comply with all aspects of the policy. A student may lose the privilege of being involved in the 1:1 / BYOT program should they breach any aspect of the policy. The Acceptable Use Policy can be found in the links section below.
There is a charge for all printing in the school. Students can check their balance online on the school Intranet. Students needing to recharge their printing account can do so at the Library.
Codes of Conduct
Student use of computers and associated learning technologies at Rossmoyne Senior High School requires that they:
- keep settings or configuration of a workstation
- only open applications on instruction from their teacher
- use any function of any application only with the approval of their teacher
- use with respect, computers peripheral devices or any other learning technologies equipment
- only bring to school or use other media (floppy disks, optical media, memory sticks which have legal material on them. All media may be checked for legality at any time. If the contents are deemed inappropriate, illegal or in breach of copyright the media may be confiscated and further action will result.
Students will follow the teacher’s instructions at all times.
Students must not:
- use unauthorised communication software
- allow others to use their account. Students will logon on to their own account only and only onto one computer at a time.
The following are not permitted:
- sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
- using obscene language or offensive words
- harassing, insulting or attacking others
- violating copyright laws
- intentionally wasting limited resources
- employing the network for commercial purposes.
Students may only access email at “student.education.wa.edu.au”.
Education Department email is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others within their educational environment. Students must not access any external email system (eg hotmail) at any time.
Students using the computer network, including internet access, are expected to do so in a manner that actively supports the ethos of Rossmoyne Senior High School. The Associate Principals and other school staff review files and monitor student computer and internet activity in order to maintain system integrity and to ensure that users are acting responsibly. All internet activities are subject to electronic and other types of monitoring.
As per the Department of Education policy, the use of mobile phones or other electronic devices for communication and filming (still and video) is not permitted. Filming people and their activities without their knowledge and/or permission is an invasion of privacy and is not allowed.
Privacy is not guaranteed
The Associate Principals and other school staff review files and monitor all student computer and Internet activity to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are acting responsibly. All Internet activities are subject to electronic and other types of monitoring, including the use of screen viewing software by staff. The content of electronic communications may be monitored at any time and the usage of electronic communications systems will be monitored to support operational, maintenance, auditing, security and investigative activities.
As per the Department of Education policy, mobile phone use for communication and filming (still and video) is not permitted. Filming people and their activities without their knowledge and/or permission is an invasion of privacy and is not allowed.
- Access to the internet is for education purposes only. Any site visited should reflect the needs of the subject. The accessing of sites of an offensive nature is not permitted.
- Email (other than the official school email), chat lines and other forums are not to be accessed. Games and gaming sites are not to be accessed at any time.
- Students must not download any material from the net without permission. In particular MP3s, videos and related files that breach copyright, should not be downloaded or stored on school equipment.
- Internet Usage/Charging. Each student has an allowance for internet usage which is more than adequate for educational use. Should a student exceed this allowance they may be required to pay for further internet access.
On enrolment into Rossmoyne Senior High School, students are obliged to comply with the conditions of the Code of Conduct.
Commonwealth Legislation and Copyright
Students need to be aware that Section 85ZE of the Commonwealth Crimes Act states that a person shall not knowingly or recklessly:
- use a telecommunications service supplied by a carrier to menace or harass another person; or
- use a telecommunications service supplied by a carrier in such a way as would be regarded by reasonable persons as being, in all circumstances, offensive.
The AMCOS/ARIA licence does not allow schools or school students to download music or sound recordings from the Internet, therefore the copying, for example, of MP3 files, which are available on the Internet or from CDs is not allowed.
Mobile Phones, Recording and Electronic devices
As per the Department of Education policy, the use of mobile phones or other electronic devices for communication and filming (still and video) is not permitted. Filming people and their activities without their knowledge and/or permission is an invasion of privacy and is not allowed. The school does not recommend that mobile phones, Ipods, MP3 players and similar electronic devices be brought onto the school grounds.
If any of these items are brought onto the school grounds they must be turned off and not be visible at all times. Please note that the security of these items is the student’s responsibility. The school takes no responsibility for the recovery of these items should they be lost or stolen. Students are encouraged to leave these devices at Reception in the morning for safe keeping and collect them at the end of the school day.
The school, through its Duty of Care, can look at and download the contents of mobile phones and other recording devices confiscated or in the possession of students, for material that is in breach of school rules or content that is inappropriate. This includes laptops, CDs, DVDs, memory sticks and the like.
Any students found to be involved in recording, distributing or uploading inappropriate images or videos of students, parents or staff on school premises will be suspended.
Depending on each circumstance the consequences for breaches of this Code of Conduct include:
- after school detention
- subject withdrawal
- temporary loss of computing privileges within a particular learning area
- permanent loss of computing privileges for the rest of the year within a particular learning area
- temporary loss of computing privileges across the whole school
- permanent loss of computing privileges for the rest of the year across the whole school
- referral to Associate Principal for suspension or other penalty
- ineligibility for future courses involving use of computers
- restitution of costs associated with repairs to equipment
- police involvement.