Bring Your Own Device

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 - Information Evening

We wish to invite all parents and caregivers who have a child in Year 2 this year and any other interested whanau. To find out more about our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) setup that we offer at Sunnyhills from Years 3-6.

This year's event will be held on Wednesday 25 November at 7pm in the school staffroom.

PB Technologies will also attend with a variety of Chromebooks and case and headphone bundles for you to see. Please register your attendance and add any questions you have so that we can help cater for these in our presentation.

Bring Your Own Device Setup

Before you bring a device to school - drop in sessions

From 2020 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:

  • Setup devices to run on our school network

  • Ensure you have read and signed our school BYOD and Citizenship agreements

  • Receive advice on device use and monitoring at home

It is likely to take about 10 - 20 minutes to get through the process.

Current Session times:


Wednesday 9 December 3:00, 4:00 Thursday 10 December 3:00, 4:00


Friday 29 January 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 2:00

Tuesday 2 February 3:00

Wednesday 3 February 3:10, 4:00, 5:00

Thursday 4 February 3:00, 4:00

Friday 5 February 3:00

We have limited the number of people that can sign up for each time slot to help ease congestion. You are welcome to drop in anytime during the hour you have booked. It is likely that the beginning of each session will be the busiest time.

2020 sessions will be held in Room 20 - Exploration Station / Green Room

2021 sessions will held in Room 2

Device Recommendations

We recommend a Chromebook for students who are

bringing a device to school in year 3-6.

What to look for in a device:

Why a Chromebook?

  • 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

Important Documents


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.

GSuite for Education and Hapara

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

The Google Suite 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 are free and can be used in ‘the cloud’ - a collaborative environment where others can access and work on documents together in real time. GSuite 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 GSuite in an overview style so that teachers can access, set tasks, mark and comment on work completed in the GSuite. 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: