Recommended student laptops can be purchased via www.cyclone.co.nz. Select Shop > BYOD and Queen Margaret College from the drop-down menu.
Student Laptop Technical Requirements 2018
- Be of a weight that is manageable for your daughter to carry around school all day
- i5 Processor (minimum), 4 gigs of Ram (absolute minimum)
- Wireless networking capability – 802.11 a/g/n stds supported, preferred 802.11
- Operating System – Windows 7, 8, or 10
- A Mac running OSX 10.6 or higher, but only if the student is familiar with Mac operating systems and software. QMC’s teaching and technical staff all use Windows.
- Have a battery life which is sustainable for the whole school day (5 – 6 hours). This is crucial for Occupational Health and Safety purposes, as we do not allow laptop chargers in the classroom.
- Have administrator rights. This enables students to download and install subject specific software in class under the guidance of her teacher (such as Paint.net, MuseScore, Notepad++, Lego Mindstorm etc.).
- Full (non trial) anti-virus eg, AVG FREE. If a student laptop does not have suitable anti-virus/ anti-malware software installed they will not be connected to the network. (Does not apply to Apple Macs).Note: Tablet devices such as Ipads without a full operating system are not suitable as there are limitations regarding their suitability in certain subjects, e.g. Digital Technology, or Maths and Science which require spreadsheet software.
Key Responsibilities Of The Student
Most importantly, your daughter must bring her laptop to school every day, ready to use with a fully charged battery. The school does not provide charging stations for laptops so this is imperative.
Start Of Year Set-Up Time
At the start of the year there will still be laptop ‘set up’ sessions where all new students will activate their logins, email, e-folio, Microsoft Office suite, and OneDrive as well as setting up their subject folders and running through the basics of computer usage, care and management. Internet safety and ethics will be covered at the outset, and other aspects of Digital Citizenship will be addressed over the course of the year.
Assuming that the laptop has met the requirements provided and has not have its default connection settings altered, the school’s ICT Centre will able to provide an internet connection. This will include a printing service via the web. While our technical staff will endeavor to support students with any connection issues, they cannot perform hardware repairs to students’ laptops. The same applies to trouble-shooting if the laptop’s default settings have been drastically altered.
This is the responsibility of parents and they should ensure that their daughter’s laptop is covered under their own home insurance arrangements. Note that all Year 6-13 students are issued with a locker (and padlock) in which they expected to secure their laptop for safe keeping. All students and parents will be required to read and sign the College’s Network Acceptable Usage Policy upon enrollment.