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At St Jerome’s Primary School technology is integrated across the curriculum.  Each class has a computer connected to either an Interactive Whiteboard or Television.  In each of our classes from Kindergarten to Year 3 there are a number of iPads for shared use.  In Year 4 to Year 6 students participate in BYOSD (Bring Your Own Specified Device).

2018 Policies

Information and Communication Technology Agreement 18 Student Use of Internet and Technology Agreement
(applies to all children Kindergarten to Year 6)
BYOSD General Information and Agreement 18 BYOD Information FAQ and Agreement CH
(applies to all children in Year 4 to Year 6)

Apple iPad Prices - click here for more information.

As you can see below, prices vary from store to store, so you are encouraged to shop around for the best price.  Often you simply need to ask, “Is this your best price?”  Stores can discount when you ask, although this doesn’t occur at Apple stores.  At Apple stores you need to ensure you ask for education pricing.

Ensure that you specify the particular model of iPad and capacity as outlined below:

  • iPad (2017 Model – A1822) – 128GB
  • iPad Pro 10.5” (2017 Model – A1701) – 64GB [Recommended Model]
  • iPad Pro 12.9” (2017 Model – A1670) – 64GB

While all iPads may look similar and function in similar ways these devices have been specifically selected to ensure they meet the requirements of your children, our school network as well as LEADing Lights (the new Catholic Education Western Australia technology platform).  These devices will allow children use of the iPad from 2018 – 2020 with enough storage to allow for some personal games and apps for home use, as well as enough storage to allow for effective use at school.  This means that with near certainty the future releases of apps and iOS Software will support these devices until at least 2020.

For more information about the iPad Pro please go to https://www.apple.com/au/ipad-pro/




iPad Pro 10.5”
iPad Pro 12.9”

Model Number

2017 Model – A1822

2017 Model – A1701

2017 Model – A1670





Apple Store Education Price




The Good Guys




Harvey Norman $599 $979










Disclaimer: Please note, these prices are correct as at Monday 16 October 2017.  The above list does not represent all companies that sell the iPad 2017, iPad Pro 10.5″ and iPad Pro 12.9″.  The school has no particular affiliation with any of the companies above.

Apple do offer an option to finance the iPad, with payments over 12 months.  For more information on this program please go to https://www.apple.com/au/shop/browse/finance/instant_credit

iPad Protection - including cases and insurance - click here for more information.

It is recommended that you purchase a durable case or cover to protect your child’s iPad.  Some of the leading brands include:

iPads come with a 2 year warranty from Apple.  This warranty does not cover accidental damage, loss or theft.  iPads can be insured through many Home and Contents Insurance Policies, in some cases they are automatically insured.  It is important that you consider your own situation and speak with an insurance company for more information.

There is also the option to purchase AppleCare.  AppleCare products provide expert telephone technical support and additional hardware service options from Apple.  Because Apple makes the hardware, the operating system and many applications, Apple products are truly integrated systems.  Only AppleCare gives you one-stop service and support from Apple experts, so most issues can be resolved in a single call.  AppleCare product benefits are in addition to any legal rights provided by Australian consumer law.  For more information on AppleCare please go to https://www.apple.com/au/support/products/

Disclaimer: The above list does not represent all companies that sell suitable cases and covers.  The school has no particular affiliation with any of the companies above.

General Care at Home and School - click here for more information.

Some general advice:

  1. Heavy objects should never be placed or stacked on top of the iPad. This includes books, musical instruments, sports equipment, etc.
  2. Use both hands when carrying the iPad.
  3. Covers should be in place anytime the iPad is not in use.
  4. Always put the iPad in a safe place when it is not being used.
  5. The iPad may be damaged by water. Keep it away from drinks, other liquids and rain.
  6. Don’t drink or eat while using the iPad.
  7. Clean the iPad with a soft lint free or microfiber cloth. Never use cleaning liquids.
  8. Take care when inserting and removing cords into the iPad. Never force cords into it as it may cause damage.
  9. Do not expose the iPad to extreme temperatures, direct sunlight or ultraviolet light for extended periods of time.

Apple in Education - click here for more information.

Designed for Your Child

For more than 40 years, Apple has been committed to creating the best tools for learning.  Every detail — from the hardware and operating system to a suite of built-in apps that come standard on every device — is engineered from the inside out to be incredibly powerful, yet intuitively simple to use by every type of learner.  Learn more about Apple products in education: www.apple.com/au/education

Personalised Learning

Apple technology gives teachers the freedom to create customised learning plans that work best for each student’s unique learning style.  See how real teachers are transforming their classrooms: www.apple.com/au/education/real-stories

Proven Results

Students who learn with Apple are not only reaching their academic goals, they’re more engaged and more motivated.  Read about how it’s working: www.apple.com/education/docs/iPad_in_Education_Results.pdf

Digital Citizenship

Our students have grown up in a digital world; they’re tech-savvy and active learners.  Apple products are designed not only to be as engaging as this world students live in, but also to help students develop the skills they need for the future.  Students need to establish responsible use habits, and this starts at home with young learners.  Download the Family Time with Apps book, free on the iBooks Store, to help you create the kind of digital environment you want for your student: itunes.apple.com/au/book/family-time-with-apps/id947566683?mt=13


2018 BYOD - Apps List Click here for more information.

As apps are released throughout the year, there may be some adjustment to the list below each term.  You may receive an email from your child’s class teacher, or the website may be updated.

Apps can be thought of as small programs, with developers releasing updates on a regular basis.  To ensure that apps function correctly it is important that they are updated.

Below is the core bank of apps required for 2018 Year 4 – 6.  18 BYOD – Required Apps term 1

Repairs for Apple phones or Tablet devices - special offer from iWorkshop

I recently took a school Ipad to be repaired at Iworkshop at Garden City and was impressed with the excellent service and attention received from the manager Eric Voon. After discussion with Eric, he kindly offered to donate an iPad valued at ($469) to the school in return for advertising his services at school. The IPad will be given to the P&F and become part of the Silent Auction for the Retro Bingo night.

As a special welcome, Eric also kindly offered a “Bring a friend” deal to students and friends of the school for any Apple phone or tablet devices. This deal encourages anyone to bring two broken devices in and have them fixed at the same time. If both items are fixed at the same time, the second device is done for half price. The second device must be equal to or less than the first device booked in. Any additional device brought in on the same day can be also included in this deal; however, he will have the right to not accept the additional devices.

Please check out the Facebook page for Iworkshop Garden City below. Be sure to mention you are from St Jerome’s school when you visit his kiosk near the entrance where the Post office used to be.

Carol Hoare
August 2018