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Digital Learning Devices for 2018

Mandurah Catholic College runs a Bring Your Own Apple (BYOA) Digital Learning Device (DLD) ITC Platform for all students in Years 5 – 12.

We are a parent funded DLD from Years 5-12 and expect all students joining the College to provide an Apple device as recommended. It is ultimately the choice of the parent to decide which Apple DLD is purchased for use within the College and the life expectancy of approximately 4 to 5 years. The College recommends the following devices in 2018.

Kindergarten to Year 6

College provision of iPad Mini’s

Recommended Device
Supplied by the College

Years 5 & 6

Student BYOA

Recommended Device
10″ iPad 32GB

Year 7 iPad Transition Year

Student BYOA

Recommended Device
Students may bring their existing iPad for use in Year 7 until transition to a MacBook for Year 8.
10″ iPad 32GB or 13″ MacBook Air

Years 8 to 12

Student BYOA

Recommended Device
13″ MacBook Air

If you already have an Apple device you wish to use, we will be happy to offer advice as to its suitability. Please view Device FAQ’S for further information.

These recommended DLDs have been chosen for their ease of use to facilitate education, innovation and creativity. They will also complement our College’s educational network and allow our students to connect with the global community, providing the best value for money for our parents.

The College understands that the provision and teaching of how to use the DLD is important. We also recognise the importance of helping the students to make the right decisions while communicating electronically. This will be supported by the Program of Digital Literacy and Responsible Use, which is running throughout the College.

AppleCare Protection Plans are available at the time of purchase and do provide an insurance option, however you may wish to check with your existing home and contents policy to see if your DLD is covered for accidental damage.  The College strongly advises the purchase of the AppleCare warranty with your device. This provides 3 yrs of cost free repairs against mechanical failure. Please see IT Repair for further information.


Where can I buy my DLD?

Purchases can be made from a number of sources. It is ultimately the parent’s decision where to buy from and how much they wish to pay.

Mandurah Catholic College aims to provide its parents with the best possible value for money. We have entered into educational supplier agreements with PRA Solutions and JB Hi-Fi to offer educational discounts, however at times other commercial outlets maybe offering greater discounts at their discretion, so it pays to shop around and be aware of sales.

The College highly recommends that protective skins/shells are utilised and that students carry their device in a protective carry bag at all times whilst at school.
Apple products are also available from:

  • Target
  • Big W
  • Good Guys
  • Officeworks
  • Harvey Norman