Digital Devices

The school endorses the use of personal digital devices for student learning

School Digital Devices


The school provides a range of digital devices for the purpose of assisting student learning. These include: desk top computers, laptops, ipads, chromebooks etc.  


The school also endorses the use of personal digital devices being brought to school for the purpose of student learning.  Secure storage cabinets are available for students to use during the school day.


Student Owned Devices BYOD - Bring your own device


A significant number of students bring their own digital device to school.


The benefits for students bringing their own digital device include:

  • Uninterrupted access to devices and the internet at school

  • Assured reliability of the device

  • Personal settings and files are constantly available

  • Seamless learning between home and school

  • Improved capacity for collaboration with other students and staff

  • Ability to explore new learning environments and communities beyond the classroom

  • Removing barriers of distance and time


While the benefits of student owned devices coming to school are obvious, we are aware of some concerns from parents around security and cost. We take both of these concerns seriously and have taken steps to mitigate these concerns.


Experience at Papamoa College and at other schools that allow student-owned devices on campus, indicates that, provided students take similar precautions with their digital device that they would with their other belongings, then very few issues actually arise regarding damage or theft. To support students, we also provide lockable storage for students to store their unattended devices.


We also recognise that digital devices such as tablets or laptops can represent a significant expense for families. To help support families in purchasing a device, we have partnered with Noel Leeming to provide discounted prices and credit options to our school community.


A guide on how to choose the most appropriate device is available here.


Devices offered to our school community by Noel Leeming are available here.


An interesting discussion on student owned devices in New Zealand schools is available here.



An academic study on the benefits of student owned devices is available



Responsible Digital Citizen

Learning to become a responsible and safe digital citizen is important for every student and is covered in the schoolwide Citizenship programme.


Mobile Phones


Mobile phones are permitted to be brought to school but are the responsibility of students, and must always be used apporpriately. The school accepts no responsibility for the security or loss of mobile phones. The school promotes the acceptable use of mobile phones at all times and does not allow or condone electronic harassment or bullying.