Can our students keep using the laptop in Year 10 and beyond?
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.