Bring Your Own Learning Device
Students in Years 7-12 are required to bring their own learning device to school each day. A laptop has been identified as the ideal learning tool for Ku-ring-gai High School students. The school computer laboratories will continue to be used to support whole class teaching and learning activities and specialist needs. Student devices will support student learning and will be required in addition to workbooks, pens and other essential equipment.
The school computing infrastructure operates as a Windows 7 environment running the Microsoft Office and Adobe products. This software is available free of charge to all Department of Education students to install on their own computing device. Refer to the download guides found below.
By bringing a device to school, students and parents acknowledge the terms of the Ku-ring-gai Electronic Device Use Agreement which can be found here Device Agreement (pdf 367 KB)
For device details see the specification below. Students in years 7 and 8 who own a device other than a laptop (such as an iPad) may bring it if it has
- An external keyboard
- 5GHz wifi capability (refer to device specifications below for further information)
All students will be expected to bring a suitable laptop for years 9 to 12 in order to meet the more demanding needs of the senior years.
Device Specifications & Examples
All devices must be in the form of a laptop. It needs to have a physical keyboard with separate keys for A-Z and 0-9 and which physically move when depressed.
Ku-ring-gai High School has organised technology suppliers to provide both PC and Apple laptops that meet our specifications and are provided to our families at educational discounts. We make no recommendation on the supplier you choose and you are not obliged to purchase a device from any of our suppliers but you need to ensure a device you purchase meets our specifications so that is connects to our network. Please refer to the CoreTech purchasing portal by clicking here.
For further information on the MINIMUM DEVICE SPECIFICATIONS PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK Minimum Device Spec (pdf 497 KB). This PDF can be printed out and taken to any store to ensure that a device purchased meets the requirements.
BYOLD at school means that each student adheres to an agreed set of conditions for use. Every student must have read the agreement. All students are required to bring their own computing device to school each day. All current information about BYOLD is available on the school website at: www.kcahs.nsw.edu.au.
- the device specification
- examples of suitable devices
- instructions for connecting to the school wireless network and
- instructions for downloading free Microsoft and Adobe software for DEC students.
The free software available includes Microsoft Office. Students need to use a valid @education.nsw.gov.au email address to register for the free software.
Ku-ring-gai High School provides students with access to computers as a means of enhancing their education. Students are also able to use their own devices while at school for educational purposes. The attached agreement replaces any prior agreements for the Use of Computers and the Internet.
The school retains the right to control the manner in which computer resources are used. Students must understand the limitations the school imposes on their use of computer resources while at school. Students wishing to use computers while at school agree to abide by the guidelines.
Student use of Electronic Devices at KHS is at the discretion of the teacher. Students have responsibilities regarding the use of the device and the Internet. Failure to comply with the Agreement (attached) will invoke the school's discipline procedures and action.
To read the agreements in full please click on the following link:
Electronic Device Agreement (pdf 367 KB)
Wireless Connection Instructions
There are many devices that exist that students may bring to school. Please click on the following relevant information to assist in connecting to the school's wireless network. If a student is having trouble connecting after reading and following these instructions and having spoken to a friend who has a similar device, they can contact the technician at school during recess and lunch.
Windows 7 (pdf 626 KB)
Windows 8 (pdf 314 KB)
Windows 10 (pdf 317 KB)
ipads and iphones (pdf 339 KB)
Macbooks (pdf 344 KB)
Chromebooks (pdf 369 KB)
Accessing Free Software
The school computing infrastructure operates as a Windows 7 environment running the Microsoft Office and Adobe products. This software is available free of charge to all DEC students to install on their own computing device.
Please note that these downloads can only be completed outside of school
Current Students: Accessing Office Products through your Student Portal.
All NSW Secondary Students are able to access Free Downloadable Installations of Microsoft Office 365 products through their Student Portal. Microsoft Office 365 installation is available for both Windows and Mac devices.
Click below for instructions to download. If you are having issues accessing your Student Portal, please see IT Support Staff.
Accessing Microsoft Office (pdf 345 KB)
Current Students: Accessing Adobe software through the NSW onthehub website.
As part of an agreement between NSW DEC & major software providers, NSW school students are able to obtain a downloadable copy and licensing for a range of Adobe products at no cost.
Click below for instructions to download Adobe through http://nsw-students.onthehub.com. Accessible to all current NSW Students.
Accessing free Adobe (pdf 281 KB)
Current Students: Accessing Microsoft Operating Systems through the NSW onthehub website.
As part of an agreement between NSW DEC & major software providers, NSW school students are able to obtain a downloadable copy of some Microsoft Operating Systems.
Click below for instructions to download Microsoft Operating Systems through http://nsw-students.onthehub.com Accessible to all current NSW Students.
Accessing free MS Operating (pdf 282 KB)
Graduating Year 12 students: accessing free software through the NSW onthehub website.
Click below for instructions to download various software through https://dec-nsw.onthehub.com
Accessing free software gra (pdf 289 KB)
Please note: Graduating Year 12 students are only able to download and install one copy of the available software. Please consider your device upgrade future before installation.