John Paul II High School believes in preparing its students for a future where being able to effectively use digital technologies is essential. Our lessons are designed to include BYOD in a variety of ways so it is vital that all students have access to an appropriate digital device for learning.

For junior classes, in most cases, a tablet or chrome book is sufficient for lessons.

For senior classes (years 11, 12 & 13), the device should be a laptop and should have a good-sized screen.

  • A laptop which is Windows capable (preferably Windows 10)
  • Minimum 4GB RAM
  • 80GB Hard drive
  • 15-inch screen
  • Full-size keyboard
  • Wireless capability
  • Smartphones are not seen as a viable option as BYOD due to their size and difficulty in word processing ability.

The school is committed to assisting the students with their devices so being able to connect to our online network and digital learning resources is important. We are excited to have New Era Technologies rebuilding and managing our computing network in 2022.

Microsoft Office365 gives JPII students and their whānau and family free access to Microsoft software so if you intend to purchase a new laptop computer, you do not need to incur the additional expense of buying Microsoft Office.

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

You can also check out the BYOD Toolkit for Schools that Noel Leeming has put together.

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.