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Year 7-9, 10-12 BYO Device Program

2018 Bring Your Own Device Year Levels


Year 7 to 8 - iPad


Year 9 - Laptop Preferred (iPad accepted)


Year 10-11 - Laptop


Year 12 - Optional (Mandatory in 2019)


2018-19 Minimum Specifications

 Note: There is no additional school fee for joining BYO devices to the school network. These are the minimum specifications.
  • Windows Laptops/Tablets: Windows 7, Pentium (purchased 2017 onwards), 5Ghz Wireless, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD
    • NOTE: Equivalent AMD processors are acceptable.
    • Graphics/Multimedia Laptops would need: 8GB RAM, i5 and a 2Gb Graphics Card
    • All specialist Graphics / Engineering/ Multimedia/ Digital Technology/ Film and TV classes are held in specialist school labs, A Graphics Card is optional for families who want the same specification device at home for students in these classes. Windows laptops are preferred for students undertaking specialist subjects.
    • NOTE: Wireless card must support 5Ghz
    • NOTE: Windows 10S is not supported in a school environment.
    • Windows 10 is supported.
    • NOTE: Sibelius is provided & installed by the school for both Mac and Windows Laptops for students studying Music Composition. 40GB free space is needed. Trial versions should not be installed at home.
    • Note: STEM subjects do not require a device greater than minimum specifications.
  • Macbook Pro, MacBook Air: Mac OSX 10.X, 5Ghz Wireless, Core i5, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD - Extra space needed if installed Bootcamp for Windows.
    • NOTE: MacBooks are NOT essential for any subject. They are a family preference. Also some software used in certain subjects will NOT Run on MacBooks without BootCamp and Windows installed on the MacBook. (Allow approximately 40GB free for this option)
  • iPad Air 2 or iPad 5th Gen , 9.7" for new students in 2018, Protective Case with Integrated Keyboard, 32 GB
  • Office suite or equivalent (Free to all State Students)
  • Antivirus software on laptops

A protective case and home insurance/Accidental Damage Protection is highly recommended. Antivirus software is mandatory for laptops. The following links through to a departmental offer. Students needs their school network username and password to access it.

Office is free to download for ALL state school students:
Adobe Creative Cloud: Design & Web Collection:
Now free for all BYOD students - see the ICT Helpdesk in the Library to access

BYOD Portals - 2018


Parents have the option of using the following portals for Years 9-12 Windows Device purchasing. Pricing is current at the time of publication but may be subject to change.

Access code: thegapshsbyod



Access Key: gapshs                 PIN: parent

Families may still choose to source their own device that matches the school specifications.


Last updated: May 3rd, 2018