Bring Your Own Device

Learning With Digital Technologies

All families of students from Year 3-13 are asked to provide their students with a Chromebook to support their learning in class. This is called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

There is no need for a full spec laptop unless a student is taking a course with higher computing needs (Photography, Digital Technologies or Graphics) in Years 11 to 13.

As a school, we look to support our community, so those that are unable to provide their student with a device can seek to borrow, on a yearly basis a device from school. We are aiming to offer these only to families with serious hardship.

To apply for one of the school devices, please complete this form and hand it in to Mrs Bills or complete it online below.

Students in years 3 or 4 with a loan device will leave it at school each night. Students from year 5 and up with a school loan device, should take it home each evening, and bring it to school for classes every day.

If you would like to buy your own device, we have a relationship with Harvey Norman and Noel Leeming in Pukekohe and they will support you through the purchase. Just mention to them you are from Onewhero Area School.

If you would like more information about BYOD at Onewhero Area School, please have a look below or speak with Tessa Ritchie –


At Onewhero Area School we recognise the necessity of arming our students with digital skills.

As citizens of the 21st century the use of Digital Technologies is an integral part of daily living for most of us.

School is unable to provide necessary digital access without employing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy.

Our students need to have access to digital resources in a seamless manner in our classrooms.

Our school is a BYOD school for years 3-13. We recommend Chromebooks for all students from Years 3 to 13. However students in Years 11 to 13 who are in digitally demanding subjects (Graphics and Digital Technologies) will also need access to a PC at home, or to a laptop with an i5 processor or better.

Note: Please do not buy an MS Stream. They do not work well.


Junior classrooms (Years 3-6) provide secure storage for devices during class and break times.

Year 7 and 8 classrooms provide secure storage for devices, but you need to bring your own padlock and make arrangements to use a locker.

There are lockable device lockers in the Information Centre in the Hub for Year 9 to 13 students. You need to bring your own padlock.

Devices can be securely stored at school for students at all levels.

Please do not leave your device at home, as it is part of your expected school equipment.

Fix it Wednesdays

Our student technicians do their best to get around classroom and fix student and teacher connectivity, hardware, and logon account issues. When we don’t get there, “Fix it Wednesdays” could address your needs. Bring yourself and your device to the ICT Area of the Senior Learning Hub during 2nd break on Wednesday, and the Tech team will endeavour to work magic.

Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

Internet access is filtered at school via Network For Learning. NFL is a Ministry provided fiber link. More comprehensive filtering will soon be provided via Fortigate. Students are expected to follow Digital Citizenship guidelines.

At home, the access of your student to the Internet cannot be filtered by the school. At home, their Internet access is a family responsibility.

Students and Caregivers are requested to read and sign the “Use of Digital Technologies” contract.

For support in navigating online platforms, please see our online safety hub for more information.

Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

All students at Onewhero are given a Google account under our GAFE umbrella. This gives restricted access to Google Apps and provides digital tools useful in most classes. Google Apps for Education is the predominant office software used in school.

We can provide Microsoft 365 accounts free to students. We can also provide Microsoft Office 365 software downloads for students with laptops. Bring your device to “Fix it Wednesdays” if you wish to be licenced for 365, and/or to download Microsoft Office software (laptops or desktops only).

School device application form