Supporting Education

The Bring Your Own Device program at St Patrick’s College supports our educational goal of enhancing and improving learning outcomes for all students at the College, supporting anytime, anyplace, life-long learning and access to quality eLearning content.

All courses at St Patrick’s College require students to access computing devices and online resources as part of learning activities. There is evidence that the use of personally-owned devices assists learning, is more efficient and is in-line with global technology trends in education.

We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.

— David Warlick

Technical Specifications

The College is transitioning from iPads to Chromebook as the minimum preferred BYOD device.  Please refer to the below information in order to determine the required device based on student's year of entry.

Year 7 (2019) & Year 8 (2019)
Students will participate in the iPad program as per the specifications below.
Years 7-8 (iPad only)

Year 7 (2020 onwards)
From 2020 all Year 7s will have a BYOD arrangement similar to what will operate at Years 9 to 12 at St Patrick’s College in 2019. Precise specifications for 2020 BYOD in the Middle School will be released in early 2019.

Croagh Patrick, Year 9 (2019 onwards)
From 2019, Croagh Patrick will adopt the same BYOD arrangements as the Senior School (Years 10 to 12). Please refer to the Years 9 to 12 specifications (Chromebook, Laptop or Tablet) below.
Years 9-12 (Chromebook)
Years 9-12 (Laptop)
Years 9-12 (Tablet)

Years 10-12 (2019 onwards)
Years 9-12 (Chromebook)
Years 9-12 (Laptop)
Years 9-12 (Tablet)

Each student is provided with a free College Google account, which includes Google Drive for storing all work, and access to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for word processing, spreadsheets and slide presentations. Students who study subjects that require specialised hardware and software will have access to dedicated desktop machines at the College.

Students who study subjects that require specialised hardware and software will have access to dedicated desktop machines at the College.

Please note, IT Support for BYOD devices will be limited to assisting with the connection of the device to the College network. For hardware or software issues device manufacturers or the point of sale should be consulted.