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#1 joykey

Posted 13 September 2012 - 12:56 PM

Hi all, just hoping someone can explain this to me.  My DD is moving from a Catholic school to a public school next year, and will be in year 9.

I believe that's the year they receive laptops through the school.  My eldest is in year 11 and received one through the school in year 10, but I'm not sure if it's different in non-government schools.

Is the laptop school/education department property that gets returned when they graduate?  I can't imagine it would be worth enough to return by then, but just wondering.

Yes, I could ask the school this, but had our interview yesterday and forgot to ask  rolleyes.gif

#2 choccy2

Posted 14 September 2012 - 05:18 AM

They don't get returned but yes they consider them to be Dept of Ed property until they finish school - they keep them.

my dd got hers this year in year 9 NSW

The kids and you will be asked to sign a contract - mostly about responsible usage / no inappropriate sites etc (they are blocked but kids find a way), bringing it charged each day, proper handling etc

also there are conditions about repairs etc - I think from memory we pay the something like first $250  for repairs and there are conditions about if damage is due to abuse etc

#3 Caramel Latte

Posted 14 September 2012 - 05:40 AM

They have to be returned if they don't graduate from yr 12 or move interstate. They get handed back on the odd occasion for system updates and checking (if anything illegal downloaded its taken off student).

Friends daughter (going into yr 9 next year) was told that this year is the last year this is available as program has been cancelled. Though not sure how true that is.

#4 joykey

Posted 14 September 2012 - 07:37 AM

QUOTE (choccy2 @ 14/09/2012, 05:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They don't get returned but yes they consider them to be Dept of Ed property until they finish school - they keep them.

my dd got hers this year in year 9 NSW

The kids and you will be asked to sign a contract - mostly about responsible usage / no inappropriate sites etc (they are blocked but kids find a way), bringing it charged each day, proper handling etc

also there are conditions about repairs etc - I think from memory we pay the something like first $250  for repairs and there are conditions about if damage is due to abuse etc

OK so pretty much the same deal that we have in our Catholic school, except that I've been paying for it and will still have to return it when she leaves :S

QUOTE (Desiree Farfalla @ 14/09/2012, 05:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They have to be returned if they don't graduate from yr 12 or move interstate. They get handed back on the odd occasion for system updates and checking (if anything illegal downloaded its taken off student).

Friends daughter (going into yr 9 next year) was told that this year is the last year this is available as program has been cancelled. Though not sure how true that is.


Hm, interesting.  Might have to do some googling.


#5 FeralSis

Posted 14 September 2012 - 07:54 AM

My dd is in year 9 this year and we were told that theirs would be the last year that got them.

#6 mumto3princesses

Posted 14 September 2012 - 06:53 PM

We were told that this year's Year 9's is officially the last year it is being done. Although DD1's school has told them they will get them next year when they are in Year 9 and that will be the last year they do them.

#7 Fabulous

Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:00 AM

My son got one in year 10 but they had to be returned at the end of yr10. He is in yr 11 now and they never got one this year.

#8 gina70

Posted 04 October 2012 - 07:49 AM

Both my dds got laptops this year:  they are in year 7 & 9, they youngest got an apple mac.  As far as I know they give them back.  I am definitely not paying for the youngest's mac but not sure about the older dd.

#9 mumto3princesses

Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:36 PM

All the people I know who's children have them haven't given them back. They got them in Year 9. They go back once and a while for maintenance etc during school holidays and then get given back to them again.

I have been told it's theirs once they finish Year 12. If they leave before that then they have to give them back. They are just little notebooks. Not sure what brand, but nothing flash.

#10 Natbub0610

Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:47 PM

DD1 is in year 9 NSW this year and she got one.

They are a simple model but TBH pretty good at doing the job they need to do but even better, they are blocked to Social networks and anything not required or approved by Dept of Education or school related.

If DD1 needs to print, she saves to USB then uses the desktop.

I've heard some kids tried to hack the security and they were caught and the laptops confiscated.

We were also told that this would be the last year that govt schools got them for free. I don't know if that means they expect parents to pay next year or they just won't issue them.

IMHO, I'd rather pay for a laptop that can be updated than text books that get outdated and damaged.



#11 joykey

Posted 04 October 2012 - 07:36 PM

QUOTE (Natbub0610 @ 04/10/2012, 06:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DD1 is in year 9 NSW this year and she got one.

They are a simple model but TBH pretty good at doing the job they need to do but even better, they are blocked to Social networks and anything not required or approved by Dept of Education or school related.

If DD1 needs to print, she saves to USB then uses the desktop.

I've heard some kids tried to hack the security and they were caught and the laptops confiscated.

We were also told that this would be the last year that govt schools got them for free. I don't know if that means they expect parents to pay next year or they just won't issue them.

IMHO, I'd rather pay for a laptop that can be updated than text books that get outdated and damaged.


I totally agree with this!  But without knowing for sure what's going to happen, I think I may need to budget for a new lappy.  Oh well - first world problems, lol.


#12 murraysmissus

Posted 28 December 2012 - 05:38 AM

I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to say my daughter has a laptop from school - we paid for her to 'hire' it from them - it is the Sci-Pod program - is that what the government program is called? We haven't been informed of it stopping in the future, so it will be interesting to see. Also we were not told whether or not she gets to keep it once she finishes high school (she will be going into year nine next year.
Also wanted to say they lock it from social media but only Monday to Friday. On Saturday and Sunday (until the evening I think) and during holidays she is able to go onto the likes of Facebook and tumblr. She had to hand it in for the summer holidays, and said she will be getting it back next year.

#13 joykey

Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:55 PM

Hm, not sure if that's the government thing or a school based thing - haven't heard of the sci-pod program.  Blocking social media for weekdays only is a good idea though!

I never ended up finding out what would happen with the school, but in the end I got her a laptop for Christmas.  Much bigger present than usual, but I guess it's partly an educational expense as well, lol.

#14 Chchgirl

Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:30 PM

QUOTE (Desiree Farfalla @ 14/09/2012, 06:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They have to be returned if they don't graduate from yr 12 or move interstate. They get handed back on the odd occasion for system updates and checking (if anything illegal downloaded its taken off student).

Friends daughter (going into yr 9 next year) was told that this year is the last year this is available as program has been cancelled. Though not sure how true that is.


It's true. My daughter is in year 9 next year, and although she has left that school now, we were told ((public nsw school) that they won't be doing it next year..

#15 melstribe

Posted 03 April 2013 - 02:32 PM

My son is in year 9 this year and he qas given a laptop. the school has told everyone that the laptop program finishes after this year.

#16 mumto3princesses

Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:53 PM

They are through the Department of Education. Haven't heard of the sci-pod program.

DD#1 in Year 9 got hers last week. We don't pay anything for it but it's technically on loan until she finishes Year 12 and then it becomes hers officially. It's blocked from all social media sites. Pretty sure its completely blocked and not just weekdays.

It is definitely the last year her school is doing the laptops.

#17 hellsmail

Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:56 PM

my oldest got one last yr for yr 12 and it had to be returned at the end of the year and my other got one this yr in yr 9 and he has it till yr 12 and we have to give it back.  this is a melbourne school.

#18 Cheryl_v

Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:31 PM

My son in NSW went into Year 9 this year and the school issued laptops.  The one he got is clearly pre-owned so I think they must have reclaimed the Year 12 ones at the end last year as the Govt funding was stopped at the end of last year.  It will be interesting to see what happens when my currently Year 7 son gets to Year 9.

#19 DEVOCEAN

Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:39 PM

DD who goes into year 9 next year is just going to use my old macbook just with a new hard drive.

#20 jofisk

Posted 29 April 2013 - 01:22 PM

DD1 is in yr 9 this year and hasn't been given a laptop at school. She has one assigned to her by the Centre for Inclusive Schooling (WA) but the school don't use it as the rest of the yr 9s don't have laptops.

So don't know if the WA education department was doing this program or not.




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