What your son needs

Your son's school device depends on the year he his in. Boys will either be issued with iPad Air 2s or a lightweight Windows or Mac laptop.

Kindergarten - Year 5 and Year 7

Students in K – 5 and Year 7 will be provided with a Newington-owned iPad Air 2 with 64GB of storage and Wi-Fi only capability. This device will be managed by Newington ICT and your son will be provided with a special school Apple ID managed through the Apple School Manager Program.

Year 6 and Year 8

Boys are expected to continue the use of their personal iPad as used in the previous year. If your iPad is damaged or faulty and you do not expect it to be in working order for 2017, you will be required to purchase a working iPad with the below specifications.

We recommend:

  • iPad Air 2 64GB Wi-Fi
  • A very sturdy case – we strongly recommend the STM Dux for iPad (available for Air or Air 2 models)
  • Insurance against accidental damage / loss / theft
  • AppleCare+

It should not:

  • Be an iPad Mini
  • Be an iPad Pro
  • Be an iPad 1, 2, 3 or 4.
  • Have an active 3G/4G connection (NB: parents should please remove the SIM card if it is 3G/4G capable)

Buying an iPad (Year 6 and 8 only)

You can opt to purchase an iPad from any retailer of your choice. We currently have a working relationship with Apple based in Broadway who can offer an iPad with the extended warranty not available in store.

To take advantage of this, you can contact Broadway Business Centre

  1. In store – ask for the Newington College Family Funded Program
  2. Call 133 622

We recommend that you purchase an insurance policy on your device or add the device to your current house and contents insurance policy. We currently have a working relationship with the following insurance providers, or you may wish to choose an alternative provider.

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Damage and Insurance

For further information or inquiries, email Ms Nikki Stevens at nstevens@newington.nsw.edu.au or call the ICT Service Desk on (02) 9568 9568.

Important Note: Any damaged or faulty devices that do not have a current insurance policy will not be facilitated by the college however, you can rent a device whilst you are seeking repair or replacement. For Damage and repair support, Newington College work with Ideal Store based in Hurstville, if you wish to arrange for a quote for repair, we can assist you, please call us on 02 9568 9568 for more information.

It is also advised that you purchase AppleCare+ when making your purchase.  AppleCare+ provides a 2 year extended warranty and telephone technical support as well as protecting against accidental damage. In the event of damage, you can make a claim under your AppleCare+ and pay a small fee for replacement of your device. (fees as of December 2016 cost $65 per claim)

  Standard
Apple Warranty
iBroker
Insurance
AppleCare+ House &
Contents Insurance
Time Period 1 Year 2, 3 or 4 years 2 years Check your existing policy
What is Covered Manufacturing faults Accidental damage and theft Accidental damage only  
Cost Included with purchase approx $165
for 2 years
$129  
Excess none $100* $65**  
How to Claim Newington ICT
can assist
Newington ICT
can assist
Take to
Apple Store
Contact Insurer

* iBroker will pay repairs up to the original purchase price. Second damage claim may not be covered.
** Up to 2 damage claims can be made in 2 years.

Year 9-12, 2017

Boys entering Years 9-12 in 2017 require a lightweight Windows device or Mac laptop.

The device must:

  • Weigh less than 2.0kg (MacBook Air: 1.35kg, Dell 7440: 1.63kg)
  • Have a powerful processor (e.g. Intel i5) and at least 4GB RAM (8GB is better)
  • Be less than 3 years old
  • Be running one of the latest 2 versions of the Windows or Mac operating systems. At the time of writing that’s Windows 8.1 or 10 and Apple OSX 10.11 (el Capitan) or 10.12 (Sierra).
  • Be in good working order
  • Have at least 128GB storage (recommended 256GB+)
  • Be purchased with accidental damage / theft insurance.

We recommend the device should:

  • Have an extended warranty (not available in retail stores, available at our BYOD Portal coming in mid-November 2016)
  • Be purchased with accidental damage / theft insurance.
  • Be stored in a hard ‘clamshell’ case (eg STM Dux) and/or a padded sleeve (for carrying within a schoolbag.

Your laptop should not:

  • Be running a version of Windows older than Windows 7
  • Be a tablet without a full hardware keyboard
  • Be a heavy ‘gaming’ laptop unable to genuinely operate for less than 4 hours on a single charge

Important Note: The average general life expectancy for any device is 3 years, therefore most insurance companies will not insure your device longer than this time. It is expected that as Year 12 approaches, you should be considering replacement of the current laptop and backing up data on a regular basis.

Also please note:

  • If your device becomes faulty or damaged and is covered under a valid warranty or insurance policy, Newington will facilitate the repair or replacement of that device and provide you with a loan laptop free of charge. If your device is not covered under a valid warranty or insurance Policy, you only have the option to rent a laptop from ICT charged at a weekly rate.
  • We do not recommend purchasing the Macbook Pro Retina due to the current costs. We believe that the Macbook Air is an adequate device for the use at Newington and ask that if considering a Macbook, that you opt for the MacBook Air.

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Buying a laptop (Year 9-12, 2017)

To ease you in sourcing your laptop and all of the required specifications, accessories and protection policies, you can purchase a device custom built to the Newington specifications online at the Newington JB-HIFI Portal by entering Newington2017 to access the portal.

If you wish to purchase your device through a retailer of your own choice, please ensure that you purchase the below specifications.

For 2017 the College recommends one of the following:

MacBook Air 13” (Custom built)

  • 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD with 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan (warranty).
  • This recommended specification is a custom-build and cannot be purchased in store but is available online at the JB-HIFI BYOD Portal.
  • We also recommend purchasing a second charger so that one can be left at home and one can be left in your son’s school locker clearly labelled with his name.
  • Newington College currently has a working relationship with Apple Broadway Business Centre based in Broadway Shopping Centre who offer a full Newington Specification device with an extended warranty. You will be required to seek a separate insurance policy.

Windows Device (Custom built)

  • 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and 13″ Screen with 3-year ‘onsite’ Warranty.
  • Take a look at the JB-HI BYOD Portal for available Windows devices custom built to the Newington Specification.
  • We also recommend purchasing a second charger so that one can be left at home and one can be left in your son’s school locker clearly labelled with his name.

Please note that most retail stores do not offer an extended warranty.

We also do not recommend the Macbook Pro Retina as a school device due to its cost.

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Damage and Insurance (Year 9-12, 2017)

For further information or inquiries, email Ms Nikki Stevens at nstevens@newington.nsw.edu.au or call the ICT Service Desk on (02) 9568 9568.

Please note that Newington College strongly recommends that you protect your device against theft and accidental damage by purchasing an insurance policy. You can purchase a policy via the new BYOD portal by JB-HIFI.

Alternatively, you can add the device to your current house & contents insurance policy or Insurance can be purchased independently. We currently have a working relationship with the following insurance providers, or you may wish to choose an alternative provider.

Any damaged or faulty devices that do not have a current insurance policy will not be handled by the college however you may opt to rent a device whilst you are seeking repair or replacement.

  Standard
Apple Warranty
iBroker
Insurance
House &
Contents Insurance
Time Period 1 Year 2, 3 or 4 years Check your existing policy
What is Covered Manufacturing faults Accidental damage and theft  
Cost Included with purchase Approx. $264
for 3 years
 
Excess none $100*  
How to Claim Newington ICT
can assist
Newington ICT
can assist
Contact Insurer

 

*You can pay a higher excess at the time of loss/damage and bring the insurance policy cost down. iBroker will pay repairs up to the original purchase price. Second damage claim may not be covered. You can lower the cost of your insurance policy by increasing the excess amount.