Students » BYOD


If you need to get Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud or VMview set up on your BYOD device, you are able to either download the files and set up yourself or you can see Help Desk who are able to do it for you.

In May 2015 we launched our new Strategic Plan “Next Generation Teaching and Learning”.  The plan focuses on some key pillars where we would like to make significant gains in the next five years and two of these are in the area of digital literacy and next generation learners.

Since 1995 CCGS has had a one-to-one student laptop program for Years 5-9, but not such a structural arrangement for Years 10-12.  With so many advantages to teaching and learning to be gained through the use of digital technology by both teachers and students, it is our intention to expand our laptop program right through to Year 12.

The rationale for this is quite a simple one.  Students will not be able to maximise the educational opportunity nor will their teachers be able to maximise the way they interact with students without building digital technology into the day-to-day work of students and teachers.  In a nutshell, as we move rapidly to this digital age, students who do not have access to a notebook will not have the same level of opportunity as other students.

What stays the same?  

Years 5-9 notebook program does not change

What will be New?

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2017 require a ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) to research information, communicate and collaborate with peers and teachers electronically, receive and submit assignments on line, as well as create content suitable for the modern education environment.


With BYOD’s students will be able to:


·         Change or upgrade their device as the needs and technology changes

·         Maximise full functionality of the device which comes through familiarity

·         Customise the device to address individual needs and context

·         Prepare for university life and modern workplaces

·         Utilise Microsoft Office365 school licensing


These are the BYOD options for 2017:


1.      Join the CCGS program in effect for Y5 to Y9. This is a school purchased Dell “ultrabook” (Latitude E7450 was purchased for January 2016 but new models will be released by December 2016 when we order) running Windows 7 64 bit with school software like MS Office & Adobe Creative Suite installed. It has extended Next-Business-Day (NBD) warranty and Accidental Damage Protection (ADP), and full onsite helpdesk support including a pool of loan units onsite ensuring minimal downtime. 


Orders for this program must be placed by Friday 25th November 2016.


2.      Purchase a new or second hand notebook as per the specifications and examples below.


If you planned on purchasing your own device to assist you JB HiFi Education Department have setup an online portal for you to purchase laptops as per CCGS notebook requirements below.  If you wish to pursue this option please go to & use the school code being CCGS2017 (parents code).  It is important we note this is not an endorsement for JB HiFi and you are free to purchase your device from any store you prefer.  Further to this we have also sent our specifications to all the local computer stores at Erina and Tuggerah so they all should be aware of the schools hardware specification requirements.

Yours sincerely,

William Low                Headmaster

Denise McDonough     Head Of Senior College                                                                   


BYOD Specifications

Although minimum and recommended operating systems and specs will evolve over time. The requirements for 2017 are:


Software (licensing provided by CCGS):
- Microsoft Office 365 - Email, Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc in Microsoft’s online cloud

- View Remote Desktop – Full Windows 7 desktop with all school software including MS Office & Adobe Creative Suite in CCGS’s private cloud


Operating Systems & Software:
- Windows 7 with SP1, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, all with Windows Updates to current date, or,
- Mac OSX 10.11 “El Capitan” (released 22/10/2013 and is a free upgrade for all releases dating back to 10.6 “Snow Leopard” August 2009) minimum & macOS “Sierra” recommended (also available as a free upgrade)
- Linux distributions current at 1/1/2017

- Up to date antivirus program (for Windows Microsoft’s Security Essentials is recommended, and free; anti-virus is required on Macs with many options available)


- Intel i5, i7 or AMD equivalent CPU
- 4GB minimum / 8GB recommended RAM
- 120 GB minimum / 250GB recommended SSD (not HDD, hard disk drive)
- 802.11ac on 5GHz Wi-Fi minimum / 802.11ac Wave 2 on 5GHz recommended (not 2.4GHz – it’s OK if the device does both frequencies)

- 6 hour battery life minimum to get through a full school day with constant use

- headphones or earbuds required

- Built in camera recommended


Warranty & Support:
- Warranty with next business day (NBD) support is required – as hardware usually comes with 12 months warranty, extended warranty will need to be purchased
- Accidental damage protection / insurance also recommended, but not required


Examples of suitable devices:          

            Estimated Cost

  • Dell Inspiron E7450 (i5 / 8GB / 120 GB SSD / 3yr NBD Warranty)    $2000
    - à For work à Ultrabooks


  • Dell Inspiron E7450 (i5 / 8GB / 120 GB SSD / 3yr NBD Warranty / 3yr ADP /
    CCGS software image including MS Office & Adobe Creative Suite / onsite
    support including loan notebooks) payable through CCGS levy program     $675 pa