Middle Years Laptop Program – Years 7/8/9
At Faith, the Middle Years Laptop Program has been developed to ensure our Year 7, 8 and 9 students are equipped with the right technology to succeed in their learning.
For a one-time fee of $1120.00, incoming Year 7 & 8 students are provided with a brand-new laptop that is fully managed, supported and maintained by the College. It must be emphasised that the $1120.00 fee is substantially less than the total retail purchase price of the laptop and the associated software licensing & support costs.
The laptop comes loaded with a full suite of software to support the middle years curriculum, which includes Windows 10 Education edition, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite plus other subject-specific programs. This device will be used across Years 7, 8 & 9 and at the end of Year 9 families can purchase the laptop for the nominal sum of $1.00. At this time, the laptop will be reloaded with a ‘factory software image’ containing Windows 10 and utilities.
In preparation for 2021, incoming year 7 & 8 students will be provided with a Dell Latitude 3310 Education-series laptop. After thorough investigation, this model was chosen for its best-in-class durability and battery life as well as presenting excellent value for money for families. The Dell Latitude has a 3-Year on-site warranty as well as Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) at no additional cost to families. This allows one free ($0 excess) repair per calendar year for the duration of the laptop program. All repairs are facilitated by the College ICT team.
|Dell Latitude 3310 Education Laptop|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-8265U, up to 3.9Ghz|
|Storage||256GB Solid State Drive|
|Screen||13.3” HD LCD|
|Connectivity||Intel 9560 AC Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0|
|Battery Life||4 Cell Battery, Up to 10 Hours|
|Ports||HDMI, 1x USB Type-C, 2x USB 3.1, Ethernet, Headphone/Mic Jack|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Education Edition|
Middle Years Laptop Program – Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. To ensure equity and a ‘level playing field’ for all students, the program is compulsory. The laptop must be brought to the College fully charged each day and taken to every class, unless instructed otherwise by class teachers. For example, it may not be required in a practical PE lesson. Students are welcome to bring additional mobile devices to the College, as long as their use complies with both the College ICT Use and mobile phone policies. However, we ask that students do not bring another device as a “substitute” to the provided Laptop Program unit as we firmly believe that the chosen device will be the best available option to complement student learning.
For the duration of Years 7, 8 and 9, the laptop is owned by Faith College. Considerable cost savings around software licensing are possible while Faith College owns the device. At the end of Year 9, families can purchase the laptop for the nominal sum of $1.00.
Yes, they certainly can. Typically, a business/education grade laptop such as those supplied as part of the program, have a useful lifespan of 3 years. This is supported by the 3 year warranty duration and 3 year ‘accidental damage protection’ (ADP) plan included with the device. However, devices that have been well looked after and are in good working order will likely be fine to use in Year 10.
At the end of Year 9, when the laptop program devices are reloaded with a basic Windows 10 ‘factory image’, they will not have the full suite of College software pre-loaded as they have done for Years 7/8/9. In Years 10/11/12, students are free to download any required software such as Microsoft Office or the Adobe Design Suite, or any other subject specific software, from the College’s Student Portal.
If a new laptop is required for the senior years, a device will need to be purchased by the family that meets the College’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) guidelines at the time, which includes both Apple and Windows alternatives. Each year, the College releases requirements for BYO devices and also offers Year 10-12 families the option to purchase a device recommended by the Faith IT team.
Yes, students are allowed to install software on their laptop. However, it must remain primarily a learning device and any programs that are installed must not interfere with the software installed by the College or any security mechanisms in place on the laptop. Whilst the installation of games is not explicitly banned, it is not encouraged and if they are present, they must not be played while at the College – with no exceptions.
If there are any issues or problems with the laptop, it must be brought immediately to the ICT centre. At this point, ICT staff will assess the laptop and determine if the fault is related to any software installed by the student. If so, they will instruct students to ensure all school work is saved in their OneDrive folder where it is backed up to the ‘cloud’. Once all important files are backed up, the laptop will be ‘wiped’ and reset back to its initial state to restore it to its full capabilities.
While there are strict expectations with regard to student use of the laptop, with parents, students and teachers sharing responsibility for the device’s usage and care, we are committed to building a highly effective program accessing the very best in learning technology.
No, a case or bag is not included with the laptop. We have found that students have varied preferences in regards to cases, and supplying one type to all students would not be satisfactory. Families are strongly encouraged to purchase a case or sleeve for the laptop that suits their preference and budget. A sleeve or ‘hard shell’ case that provides protection from damage to the laptop, while still being compact enough to fit in the College school bag would be ideal.
In short – no.
Students are expected to bring the laptop fully charged to the College each day. Given the considerable battery life of the supplied laptop, the instances of the laptop running flat during the school day will be rare. If a student brings their laptop to the College with a flat battery, they will be directed to the library where they can borrow an older device for that particular day. In exceptional circumstances and with a valid reason for a laptop being flat, a loan laptop can be used for a lesson while ICT staff charge the student’s own laptop.
Yes, all laptop program devices have anti-virus software installed, which is fully managed and updated by the College ICT team. We ask that families do not load any additional anti-virus or security software onto the laptop as this often conflicts with other security mechanisms and systems already in place.
The Dell Latitude 3310 has a 3 Year on-site warranty; including 3 years of cover for the battery (typically batteries are only covered for the first 12 months). Any faults with the unit are facilitated and resolved via the College ICT team in conjunction with the manufacturer. Physical damage and breakages are not covered by the warranty however we are able to include Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) with the laptop program at no additional cost to families. This cover is provided through the manufacturer, and allows one free repair per calendar year for the duration of the 3 year warranty. This covers damage done to the laptop via accidental means including drops, bumps or knocks and liquid damage. Malicious damage to the laptop by throwing, striking, pushing etc is not covered, nor is cosmetic damage to the laptop such as scratches to the outer plastic casing.
If a laptop repair is required and it is either not covered by the ADP, or the free repair for that calendar year has already been claimed, the cost of repair will be payable by the family.
This amount will be the lesser figure of either:
- the actual cost price of repairs;
- or an insurance excess of $500.00.
Families are always contacted before any ‘out of pocket’ repairs are organised to laptop program devices.
While students are on-site at the College, and connected to the Faith Wi-Fi network, their access to the internet is considerably restricted. Categories of websites and types of content that are blocked include the following:
The College is able to offer the same level of filtering on the laptop program devices when the laptop is at home or elsewhere (off-site) regardless of whether the laptop is connected the internet over Wi-Fi or tethered via a mobile hotspot or smartphone. This is an ‘opt in’ service at the discretion of parents.
We are unfortunately not able to alter specifically what content is blocked on a case-by-case or student by student basis. Occasionally legitimate, safe websites can be inadvertently blocked by the web filter and in these cases students and parents are welcome to email the ICT department at eHelp@faith.sa.edu.au with a link to the site in question and the team will review the site and unblock as appropriate. Please be aware if parents/caregivers request the off-site filtering be disabled, the laptop will need to be serviced by the ICT department to have the system removed. If this is requested during a school holiday period, in some circumstances the removal of the software may not be able to be completed until the following term commences.
If families wish to have this option enabled for their student’s laptop, please tick the appropriate box on the Middle Years Laptop Program – 2021 Order Form.
The College understands that parents may wish to give their son or daughter the laptop in the form of a Christmas gift. If this is the case, please be certain to select the Pre-Christmas Collection option (16th/17th/18th December 2020) on the Middle Years Laptop Program – 2021 Order Form.
If the laptop is not collected prior to Christmas, it will be issued on Orientation Day, January 27th 2021. The laptop program fee of $1120.00 must be paid in full prior to collection of/the College issuing the laptop. If the laptop program fee will bring about financial hardship, parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the Finance Manager.