BYOD Information

BYOD (Bring your Own Device) refers to students bringing a personally owned computing device to school for the purpose of learning.  Margaret River SHS recognises the need to prepare students for a rapidly changing world where technology plays an increasing role in students’ everyday lives.

Students are encouraged to bring their own computing/tablet device to school (BYOD) provided they meet the specifications outlined below.
They must only use the device at school for educational purposes and must agree and adhere to the BYOD Policy as described below.

The school accepts no responsibility for replacing devices that are lost, stolen or damaged whilst on school premises, or after being confiscated.

Purchasing Devices:

Minimum Specifications

Supported Devices

  • Laptops: Windows 10/11 -or- Mac OSX 10.7 or newer
  • Tablets: Large form (10” or larger) WITH KEYBOARD & case

Supported Devices must include

  • A minimum screen size of ≥ 9.7 inches
  • Battery life of ≥ 5 hours
  • Memory of 128GB / 8GB RAM or more
  • Keyboard, wifi
  • A solid-state drive (SSD)

Available Programs & Apps from School

  • Microsoft Office 365 is available for free via student education email – this includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One-Note etc and also includes 100GB of OneDrive Online Storage – which we highly recommend be setup and used to secure work safely.
    You can install Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus for students on up to 5 desktops, 5 laptops and 5 tablets or smartphones
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate etc) is available for a small subscription fee

Unsupported Devices

  • Phones and IPods
  • Devices with a screen size smaller than 9.7 inches
  • Pre-ICS Android devices


Parents may choose to purchase a device from any source they wish; however, only devices with the specifications outlined above will be able to be used in the school.

Parent Guide to ICT and BYOD is here:  Parent Guide to ICT at Margaret River SHS & BYOD Information and Memorandum of Understanding

Example BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Models for Margaret River SHS

NOTE:  Please be aware that these are suggestions only – parents are not obligated or constrained to purchase these and are welcome to source any device from any place they would like

Smaller Form Factor Laptops (11”-13” screens with keyboard)

Windows Example:

  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 12.5” i5, 128GB SSD + 8GB RAM, touchscreen

 Apple Example:

  • Macbook Air 13” Screen Laptop  – 128GB SSD + 8GB RAM (not touch screen)

Other Smaller Form Factor Devices (10” screens without inbuilt keyboard)

  • iPad Air & iPad Pro with keyboard cover
  • Lenovo or Samsung tablets with keyboard cover
    NB: These devices can access school based Print, WiFi and Web services but may not be able to access school shared files, software resources or students’ home folders.
    Onscreen keyboards may be unsuitable if extended typing is required and therefore a separate cover including keyboard is required

Student Responsibilities:

Student use of personal devices at school must:

  1. Follow the standards for use as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding.
  2. Abide by the school’s acceptable use guidelines for access of network resources.
  3. Charge the device at home.
  4. Maintain system updates on the device where possible.
  5. Maintain personal backups of schoolwork or store schoolwork on MRSHS servers.
  6. Supply their own software for use at MRSHS or use the free Office 365 resources available through their school email login.