School Laptop Program


Students in Year 8 to Year 12 are required to bring a laptop to school as Digital Technologies are integrated across the curriculum to enhance learning. These devices, if cared for and looked after appropriately, should last your child for a three-year period. It is recommended to evaluate replacing the device at the beginning of Year 10.

The school provides the necessary infrastructure and support for students to safely access learning materials, school resources and the internet from their device at school, with most services also being available at home.

Parents and Teachers work in partnership to guide students in the correct use of technology in the classroom and develop skills for good digital citizenship. We do ask that you play an active role in guiding your child's use and care of the laptop. We encourage students to take care handling their laptop and store them in a protective cover.

We urge parents to consider having an appropriate personal effects, accidental loss or damage and theft protection insurance policy that covers your child’s tablet device and other belongings, whilst at both home and school. The School does not accept any liability for damage or loss of any personal possessions.

Student Device Parent Guide

School Laptop Purchasing Portal

Parents have a number of purchasing options. An online purchasing portal facilitated by the school in conjunction with an IT supplier provides parents with a suitable device with the required specifications as well as insurance and finance options.

School Laptop Portal

Parents also have the option to purchase locally and the school has liaised with local retailers regarding our requirements. If you choose to purchase locally, please ensure you meet or exceed the required minimum specifications: (It may help to print this letter and take it with you to your retailer of choice)

  • Form Factor: Laptop - Must have a keyboard and trackpad/mouse (Required)
  • CPU: Intel i3 (Minimum Required) or greater (i5 Recommended)
  • RAM: 8GB (Minimum Required) or greater
  • HDD: SSD 120GB (Minimum Required) or greater (Must be SSD or NVMe)
  • Battery: 8 Hours (Minimum Required)
  • Network: WiFi 'n' (Minimum Required)
  • Display: We recommend 13.3-14” size for better portability and battery life (13.3" Minimum Required for SACE Exam compatibility)
  • Camera: At least one (Required)
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit (Required)
  • Warranty: 3 Year onsite with local provider (Required) and insurance (Recommended)
  • Protective Case/Bag (Recommended)

Please note, you do not need to purchase Microsoft Office or Antivirus software as this is supplied by the school. Apple MacBook devices are not fit for purpose as they do not meet the minimum Operating System requirements.

If you have any questions please feel free to read the FAQ below or contact our ICT Team.

Setup Documents

Please find instructions for setting up your device below. Devices are set up in lesson time at the beginning of the year or you can follow these instructions.


Students enrolled at St Joseph's School Port Lincoln are provided with an Office 365 account which allows them to install Microsoft Office on their personal device. See the instructions for doing this in the Setup Documents section of this page.

School Antivirus (Microsoft Defender - Advanced Threat Protection) is set up when students add a "Work or School Account" by following the instructions in the Setup Documents section of this page.

Below is a list of software that is used in the curriculum that can be downloaded and installed free of charge on student's devices as required.


Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Powerpoint and Publisher.

ClickView App - Available via the Windows Store.

Pearson Bookshelf - Access textbooks offline.

Read and Write Gold - Must be installed from the School Intranet.

HP Classroom Manager - Must be installed from the School Intranet.


Tipp10 - TIPP10 is a free 10-finger touch typing tutor.

Scratch - Create stories, games, and animations and learn to code.


Geogebra - The Graphing Calculator for Functions, Geometry, Algebra, Calculus, Statistics and 3D Math! Requires Java


LMMS - Making beats has never been easier.

MuseScore - Create, play and print beautiful sheet music.

Audactiy - Audio software for multi-track recording and editing.

Design & Technology

Inkscape - Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor.

Blender - 3D modelling, animation and much more.


OpenShot - OpenShot can take your videos, photos, and music files and help you create the film you have always dreamed of.

Paint.NET - Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software.

GIMP - Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done.

Frequently Asked Questions