BYOD – All about using your laptop computer

John Paul II High School believes in preparing students to effectively use digital technologies. Our learning is designed to include student owned laptops in a variety of ways, so access to an appropriate laptop for learning is essential.

For junior classes a Chromebook is fine for learning, so if you already have one, you can continue using it. We are not a Toki Pounamu school, so it’s important that your Chromebook is fully paid off and ‘unhooked’ from your primary school before you can use it at JPIIHS. Ask your primary school principal or your primary school’s Fusion Networks technician for help. We can contact them when you arrive here if you haven’t had your device ‘unhooked’, however it’s a much faster process if you can do it at the end of your primary school year.

For senior classes (years 11, 12 & 13), the device should be a laptop and should have a good-sized screen. We prefer Microsoft laptops, as that is what our Network is designed for, and because all staff use HP laptops, they are more able to help students troubleshoot any issues. Students who bring Mac laptops will need to ensure that they teach themselves how to use them effectively at home, and make sure settings are set up to be compatible with the school network.

Chrome is currently our preferred browser.

  • A laptop which is Windows capable (preferably Windows 10)
  • Minimum 4GB RAM
  • 80GB Hard drive
  • 15-inch screen
  • Full-size keyboard
  • Wireless capability
  • No smartphones or tablets (iPads) for learning please

The school is committed to assisting students with their devices so being able to connect to our online network and digital learning resources is important. New Era Technologies is our network manager and digital support provider. They are rebuilding our computing network in 2022.

Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft software are free for JPIIHS students (so you don’t need to buy MS Office software). They’ll be shown how to access this at school.

Check that your home insurance covers devices to, from, and at school.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school –

Helpful tips for keeping students safe when using their BYOD

For kids and parents alike, school holiday time is all about freedom. Freedom from rules and routines. Freedom the clock, school uniforms and packed school lunches.

But all that freedom can create new concerns – especially if digital distractions become kids’ default mode.

Check out’s handy tips for help to manage screen time here.