Bring Your Own Device

BYOD Drop in Sessions 2022

Unfortunately, we are unable to hold our planned sessions for the start of this year.

Please see step 3 below for details of how to setup your child's device.


Parent Information

In term 4 each year we hold a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) parent information evening. All year 2 parents and caregivers who are moving to Year 3 the following year are invited to come to this evening. Any other interested families including those new to Sunnyhills in year 3-6 are also welcome to attend. The time and date of the evening will be advertised early in term 4 each year.

In 2021 our information evening was virtual. We prepared a video presentation. Please view the video and read through the information below. If you have any further questions you are welcome to email Angela Lee our IT Specialist or Stephanie Trembath our Year 3 Team Leader.


Purchasing a Device

We recommend a Chromebook for students who are

bringing a device to school in year 3-6.

The make and model of the device you purchase is entirely up to you.

Please note - We do not accept tablets as a BYOD.

Please see the notes below that will give you an idea of what to look for when purchasing a device.

What to look for

  • Light Weight

  • Great battery life it needs to last for a school day

  • Tough casing

  • Auto-update life of 3 years or more (details here for Chromebooks)

  • A minimum of 4GB of RAM

  • No need for a touch screen this is a personal choice

Why Chromebooks?

  • Easy login process for students

  • Chromebooks work seamlessly in the Google Environment

  • Cloud-based storage

  • Automatically complete software updates without disruption

  • Light-weight and great battery life

  • Less on-device distractions

  • Easy to powerwash - reset to factory settings if there is an error

  • Don't currently require anti-virus software

Where can I purchase?

We partner with PB Technologies for our school technology equipment requirements

PB Technologies offer our Sunnyhills community competitive pricing

It is highly recommended to purchase insurance with your device that covers breakages.

Our BYOD page within PBTech is here our current discount code is byod2021


Device Setup

Each device has a slightly different setup process depending on when and where it was purchased and what software comes pre-installed on the device. We have created some Google slide decks below that give advice on how to set up a device. If you have any problems please let your child's classroom teacher know and we can arrange further assistance for you.


BYOD Windows/Mac Setup

We are not currently holding drop in sessions. If you have any problems setting you your child's device please let your child's classroom teacher know.

Before you bring a device to school - drop-in sessions

All year 3-6 learners who have not previously bought a device to school and wish to bring one will need to attend a drop-in session BEFORE the device is bought to school.

During these sessions learners and their families will:

  • Receive access to our school wifi network for student devices

  • Read and sign our school BYOD agreements and re-read our school citizenship agreement signed at enrolment

  • Receive advice on device use and monitoring at home

It is likely to take about 20 minutes to get through the process.

If you choose to use Family Link on your child's Chromebook you will need to install the family link app on your phone and have access to the Gmail account and password used with Family Link. Please ensure you have this ready to prevent any delays at the drop-in session

Current Session times:

Unfortunately, we are unable to hold our planned sessions for the start of this year. Our IT Team and your child's classroom teacher will be in touch via email soon with details about alternative arrangements.

Important Documents


Future Focussed Learning

Our children are entering a world that is looking for abilities far different from the traditional. We want them to be able to collect, synthesise and analyse information and then work collaboratively with others to apply that knowledge. They need to learn how to learn and to respond to the constantly changing technologies and social and global changes in the world.

Bring Your Own Device allows students to have one-to-one time on a device that is set up to their specifications for their learning. This has many benefits, including:

• enabling students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning

• empowering students to learn at a pace and place as well as a way which suits them

• teaches students how to discern what tool will best help with their learning

• encouraging and enabling teachers to more easily implement personalised learning

• prepares students for a future where they are likely to be working in an environment with increasing amounts of technology and IT/collaborative/cloud based tools.

Digital Citizenship

As part of our learning at Sunnyhills school we help students to develop their digital citizenship. Our learning resources for this are on our SHINE Online site. Our SHINE Online site also has a parent resources page where you can find a wealth of resources to help you continue to develop citizenship at home.

Sunnyhills School is a Netsafe school. We regularly review and improve our policies, procedures and curriculum related to digital citizenship to ensure we're providing the best possible learning environment and experiences for learners both online and offline.

Google Workspace for Education and Hapara

How does Google Workspace for Education (previously, Google Suite, GAFE) work?

The Google Workspace for Education (GSuite) offers apps for email, calendar, blogs, documents, presentations and website creation as well as Google Drive, which is a way of organising all of the work done on these apps. The use of these apps is free and can be used in ‘the cloud’ - a collaborative environment where others can access and work on documents together in real time. Google Workspace allows students to access their work from school, home, the local library - anywhere with an internet connection.

What is Hapara Teacher Dashboard?

Hapara Teacher Dashboard is an interface which brings together the tools of Google Workspace in an overview style so that teachers can access, set tasks, mark and comment on work completed in Google Workspace. It gives teachers the ability to oversee an entire class of work, like they would a class set of exercise books. It also allows teachers and senior school staff the ability to oversee all the activity of any student account. This gives the ability to do a range of things, including, but not limited to: changing passwords if students forget them or suspending an account if the Student Responsibility Agreement is breached. You can read more about Teacher Dashboard here: