All students should bring a laptop.
Our Mercy ethos is precious to us, and the College continues to ensure access of devices to all students regardless of financial constraints. Any families struggling to provide a device are encouraged to contact the school.
The demands of social media and the ubiquitous nature of the internet is an issue and one which is faced both inside, and outside of school. At Villa Maria College we encourage a healthy and balanced lifestyle. We promote the use of devices where appropriate and to complement traditional practices. Downtime and activities away from a screen are important. We encourage girls to use their time during breaks off-screen. Policing of sites is difficult, as whilst we block some sites at school, a standard smartphone enables access. In this area, we work to educate our young women around safe and purposeful device use.
We have recently consulted with our parent community and are working to implement the following strategies through our BYOD policies:
The specifications for a laptop are available on this webpage, Smartphones do not have the capabilities required.
If you have further queries please contact our IT Administrator, Anne Fahey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Principal, Ms. Sarah Kirk, email@example.com. Villa Maria is committed to ensuring all students have equal access to education. If there are financial barriers which might pose significant difficulties for you, please contact Ms. Brosnahan, Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to meet the needs and requests of families.
You may bring any device that has the specifications below. We recommend an “Acer ES1 Cloudbook”, especially for Year 7-10 students, but models are changing all the time. If you are studying a specialised subject like L2 or 3 Art or Media, you will need a full Windows laptop like the “Acer Switch Alpha 12” SA5-271 or a Macbook. Computing retail staff are aware of the types of device that work well at schools and will be able to help you choose.
Please see the Harvey Norman brochure to the top right of this page.
If you are considering purchasing a device for your daughter, Villa Maria offers you the opportunity to order through Harvey Norman. The partnership we have established with Harvey Norman gives families the opportunity of making part payment. Harvey Norman also maintain spare devices in case of accidental damage. Pop into your nearest store with the Villa Maria College flyer to discuss your options with the sales staff.
You do not need to buy software. Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, OneNote) is offered free through the College. Once the girls start the College, they will have a Villa Maria Log-in and be able to download the software directly from Microsoft. For girls starting the College in 2020, an Orientation Day will guide them through this process.
Android tablets and Chromebooks are not suitable for Villa’s network. Smartphones and iPads do not have the capabilities required.
The device you bring should be useful for your schoolwork so it needs the following:
Only install an anti-virus program from a known and trusted source. Keep device software up to date to ensure your anti-virus program remains effective.
A list of anti-virus software can be found here: Best 10 Antivirus Software 2019
Weight and durability – is it fit for being carried around much of the day?
A service contract – what happens if it has a problem – does your retailer have any replacements on hand to lend to you while yours is being serviced?
Insurance – make sure it is covered on your home contents policy.
You do not need to buy Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, OneNote) as it is free through the College. Once the girls start at the College they will have a Villa log-on and be able to download the software directly from Microsoft.
Drawing from the Key Competencies and Values in the NZ Curriculum and a growing body of research knowledge, NetSafe, in consultation with New Zealand teachers has produced this definition of a New Zealand Digital Citizen.
A digital citizen:
Some great Netsafe resources for parents and caregivers:
You should bring your personal laptop to school and connect to the College wireless network.
It is your responsibility to use both your personal digital equipment and Villa Maria’s, safely, with respect for others and in accordance with school rules.
The security of your laptop is your responsibility.
Please note that repairs and insurance are not the responsibility of Villa Maria College.
The steps in having your laptop connected to the College wireless are: