St Paul's Collegiate School Device Information
Information for 2022
St Paul's Collegiate School is a full BYOD school, so all students are required to bring a device with a full keyboard. With some subjects sitting NZQA exams online already, it is important that students are using a device with a full keyboard daily to prepare them for this.
Year 9 and 10 students are required to bring a Chromebook. The Chromebook will be added to the School's google domain and settings and permissions will be managed by the school. This allows us to more closely monitor and manage junior student devices.
Students may continue to use their Chromebook in Year 11, however if students wish they may use a Windows or Apple laptop in Year 11 instead.
Recommended Chromebook for 2022 - Year 9 and Year 10 Students
If students already have a Chromebook from a previous school, we are happy for them to continue using that device. If buying a new Chromebook, we strongly suggest buying the device below. We have tested it thoroughly and found they are much stronger and resistant to damage, and appropriately spec'ed for academic use. We do not recommend students buying or using any of the low end sub $400 Chromebooks. These often have keyboard and screen issues. The device has a touch screen, which is tougher than traditional screens and has the added benefit of providing access to all the touch based apps on the Google Play Store.
Lenovo 300E G3 Flip 2in1 Chromebook 11.6" HD Touchscreen Intel Celeron N4000 4GB 32GB
The Lenovo 300E G3 is a very reliable device. It has a touch screen so is tougher than traditional screens, and can also run android apps. It has been designed for school use, and has been tested to survive being dropped from 75cm (School desk height). It charges using a USB c cable. It can be flipped around on its 360 hinge and used as a tablet. This is an excellent device for school use.
December 6th Update: $649.99 - Unfortunately, because of stock issues, after the initial 39 devices were purchased the price that Cyclone can now offer it for has increased.
Where to purchase?
We have partnered with Cyclone to provide parents with an excellent purchasing option. Cyclone will work with the school to make sure any warranty and repairs are simple, and to allow the school to sort out any of these service needs directly with Cyclone on behalf of parents. This will be hugely beneficial for boarding families.
To access the purchasing portal, you need to use the following details to log in:
Login: stpaulscollegiate (pre-filled)
At Checkout - Use your son's name as your order ID, and select a 4 digit pin which you can use to log back in and see the status of your order. When asked for student ID, you can put "don't know", if you don't have your son's student ID number yet.
Because Chromebooks are almost exclusively used in education by schools and students, buying one in January can be very frustrating, as many retailers have issues keeping them in stock at that time of the year. We advise ordering one in December.