Parents and Carers

Our students are from a highly digital generation and to prepare them for the future and their lifelong learning journey, BYOD offers the opportunity to transform our learning environment to meet their future needs.

  • BYOD enables us to consider new possibilities for our students personal learning journey.
  • BYOD promotes individual, self-directed learners who can find solutions to education problems.
  • BYOD provides an engaging learning environment for students to discover and explore their own learning journey.
  • BYOD supports anytime, anywhere collaborative learning environments.

Our Information Technology Direction

ICT Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Approach 2018 

Since 2014 we have extended an invitation to families/students to BYOD for years 8-12.
Since that time, the BYOD approach has been an invitation only, however next year, BYOD will become an expectation for Years 10, 11 and 12, with Years 8 and 9 following in 2019.

In the Senior School (Years 10, 11 and 12) from 2018
We are asking each Senior School student to bring their own laptop from the commencement of 2018. This means that there will not be loan devices available in the Pam Ronan Centre. There will be a small number of devices available for day loan in the Library/resource hub to accommodate temporary student ICT needs and issues. This small pool of loan devices will not be available for long-term use.

In the Upper Middle School (Years 8 and 9) from 2018
The current situation with devices in classrooms will continue, with students in Years 8 and 9 being invited to participate in the BYOD program.

In the Upper Middle School (Years 8 and 9) from 2019
In 2019, we will ask students in Years 8 and 9 to commence the year with their own laptop.

We urge families for whom this approach will cause significant hardship to contact Mr Neal Turley, Business Manager, to discuss your individual circumstance and discuss how the College can support your family in this approach.

With an expansion of the program during 2017 and 2018, years 6 and 7 teachers may also ask students in their classes if they wish to participate.

Select the document below to view the full invitation and answers to common questions.


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Policies, BYOD code of conduct and online safety

Students and Parents should be familiar with the policies relating to BYOD, located on the 'policies page' below.

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Minimum requirements and checklist

The BYOD program at Tenison Woods College requires that devices must meet minimum specifications and the below link provides a list of these requirements. Devices that do not have these capabilities will be unsuitable for use at school.

A checklist for parents to help choose a device is available at the 'Device Checklist' link.


Purchasing a device

Students can bring their current device if it meets the minimum requirements, or parents can choose to purchase a device from any retailer.
In either case, Microsoft Office does not require purchase and is available for free via the Portal@TWC page.

A Parent purchase portal is available through Grangeburn IT in Hamilton and local stores Green Triangle Electronics and Harvey Norman have also provided flyers with recommended devices.
​Select the 'BYOD Purchase Portal' link for more information.


BYOD setup for use at Tenison Woods College

Once you have a device, use the link below to follow some steps to setup your device for success at Tenison Woods College!


Further questions and support?

If you have any further questions about the BYOD program, please email the ICT department at or phone the front office on 08 8725 5455.