Bring Your Own Device


All students have access to our ultrafast broadband and a robust, monitored and secure Wi-Fi network to support and enhance their learning.

Napier Girls’ High School makes use of a number of e-Learning tools, each student has access to course material and resources through the Google for Education Suite and the latest in educational software and applications.  It is our vision that students can access their learning at any time in a format which suits their learning needs.

Students are able to access their timetable, results and other details through our student portal. They are also able to print from their devices through our online print service.  Students use cloud storage within the Google Apps to store their documents.  Their account is backed up regularly and administered by our highly skilled technicians.

The Parent Portal allows parents to become more involved with their child’s progress at school.  By going online, parents are able to view student timetables, course details, and student results.

Device Specifications

Please note that if your daughter is thinking of taking DVC (Graphics), Design, Photography, ICT (Digital Technologies) in the Senior School extra features may be required (please see below).

Standard Chromebook

Any Chromebook will do for the duration of your daughter’s time here at NGHS, unless they are taking a subject that requires a laptop for DVC (Graphics), Design, Photography

Standard Laptop
Windows specification

  • Operating system – Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 based laptop
  • Processor – Minimum Intel Core i3, Intel Core i7 recommended
  • Main Memory/RAM – 4 GB minimum
  • Hard Drive/HDD – 512 GB minimum Hard Drive/HDD or SSD – 256 GB minimum (SSD)
  • Wireless adapter – WiFi compatible, 802. 11a/b/g/n/AC
  • Security – Up to date Anti-Virus software – Required

​​​​​​​Standard MAC book
​​​​​​​OS Specification

  • Operating system – OS X Snow Leopard or greater, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro
  • Processor – Intel Processor, as standard in current models
  • Main Memory/RAM – 4 GB minimum – 8GB Recommended
  • Hard Drive/HDD – 512 GB minimum Hard Drive/HDD or
  • Hard Drive/ SSD – 256 GB minimum (SSD)
  • Wireless adapter – WiFi compatible, 802. 11a/b/g/n
  • Security – Up to date Anti-Virus software – Required

      DVC (Graphics):

      • Senior Students should have a Windows or Mac laptop (entry level laptops are suitable)

      • Senior students should have a standard mouse, corded or wireless, with a wheel - (strongly recommended for Yr10)

      • Chromebooks are suitable for Yr 9 and 10

      • All computer programs used in the course are provided free of charge

      Design, Photography, ICT (Digital Technologies):
      Windows specification

      • Operating system – Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 based laptop (Laptop – 64 bit OS installed)
      • Processor – Minimum Intel Core i5
      • Main Memory/RAM – 8 GB minimum
      • Hard Drive/HDD – 512 GB minimum Hard Drive/HDD or SSD – 256 GB minimum (SSD)
      • Wireless adapter – WiFi compatible, 802. 11a/b/g/n
      • Graphics/Video – OpenGL 2.0 compatible graphics card – >256MB, 1280 x 1024 or higher is recommended
      • Security – Anti-Virus and anti-spyware/malware software with on-going update subscription – Required

      Digital Competencies

      We actively support students to use their devices effectively and efficiently for learning.  Students are supported to develop the following knowledge:

      • How to be safe and responsible online.

      • How to use technology for learning and how this is different to being social online.

      • How to effectively research and present their learning

      • How to organise and archive their digital files and folders

      • How to communicate and collaborate with their peers and teachers

      Students undergo a Digital Literacy and Citizenship course.  This will ensure they are using their devices safely and effectively.

      Cyber Safety

      We have a number of tools and systems that we use to help our students stay safe online.

      • All internet traffic goes through the N4L, a Ministry of Education supported internet provider
      • Teachers can monitor student internet use in class using Classwize
      • Our ICT Technician monitors all internet traffic through Linewize
      • All students undergo an induction and sign a ICT waiver form

      Why BYOD? 

      The Integration of technology into the classroom is promoted by the Ministry of Education and is a large international trend. At Napier Girls’ High School we do not want our students to be left behind by advances in educational technology.  We believe technology can be used to amplify great teaching and learning.

      We encourage our teachers to use both paper and digital resources to engage students and we strive for a balance between the different modes. Laptops are tools for learning much like a calculator or a book and they are by no means the only thing our students use.  Our vision is that by the time students leave Napier Girls’ High School they are fully equipped to use technology in the workforce or in tertiary education.​​​​​​​

        Digital Guidelines


        These are to provide staff, students and students’ caregivers with guidelines around how to manage students’ use of digital devices (computers, iPads, etc) at school. They are to support the NGHS e-learning goal of personalising the learning experience for all students.

        Student Devices:
        These guidelines cover all student-owned digital devices including:

        • computers (laptops, netbooks)

        • tablets (e.g. iPad’s)

        • Other playing devices

        Student Guidelines:

        • Students devices must be fully charged before arriving at school each day

        • Digital devices must be used for learning purposes.

        • All use of digital devices is covered by the ‘Acceptable Use Form’, which all students agree to when they enrol at Napier Girls’ High School

        • Students are fully responsible for the operation and safe-keeping of their devices, and for the back-up of their work.

        School Guidelines:

        • The school will allow students to use their digital devices as part of their learning where reasonable and appropriate

        • The school will not provide storage or charging facilities for students

        • The school takes no responsibility for the operation or safe-keeping of students’ devices

        • The school will provide students who have a digital device with wireless access to the internet, printing and a Google account.

        • The school may accept student work submitted for internal assessments in digital formats. Students should check with their teacher first before submitting work digitally​​​​​​​

        ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Student FAQ’s:
        When Can I Use My Device?

        • You may use your device in class for learning as long as it is appropriate, or has not been specifically banned during a period by the teacher (e.g. during a test or science experiment).

        • You may not use your device during class for non-learning activities such as playing games, checking your private email, surfing the web on unrelated matters.

        What Happens if I Misuse my Device?

        • The teacher will give you a warning. If you continue to misuse your device the teacher may insist that you turn the machine off for the rest of the period, or for a longer period if necessary.

        • Continued or significant misuse of a device may result in a school consequence, or more serious consequences if required

        When Am I Responsible For?
        ​​​​​​​You are responsible for ensuring that your device:

        • is fully charged before you bring it to school

        • has software that works properly. (e.g. Virus Killer)

        • is regularly backed up

        • does not have inappropriate stickers or desktops on it

        When using your device, you must ensure that:

        • you do not break copyright laws

        • do not access or store inappropriate files on your device

        Can I submit my assessment digitally?

        • Where reasonable and appropriate, you may submit your work digitally. You should always check with your teacher that you may submit your work digitally.

        • You must ensure that your file can be opened by staff, and that the formatting will not change when the teacher opens it. Any problems resulting from teachers being unable to open files or changes to formatting are your responsibility.

        • You must also ensure that any files you submit are virus-free.