Technology in 2018

Wed, May 17, 2017

We have recently concluded an extensive classroom technology review for all year groups across St Mark's. As a result, we are pleased to announce that from 2018, the Year 6 and Year 7 students will join the Senior School’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. As 2018 will be a transition year for the students in Middle School, the Year 8 students will continue to be part of the iPad program and there is no obligation or expectation to buy a new device for 2018.

While you will have a choice of device for your student to use, we have placed minimum specifications required for the device, and we have made some recommendations for you to assist you in making your device decision.

Technology in Years 3 to 5 (published 12 September 2017)

Year 6 & 7 in 2018 (published 17 May 2017)

Year 8 & 9 in 2018

Year 9 onwards in 2018

Minimum Specifications for BYOD devices in 2018

As there will be an expectation that students are able to complete a formal report or presentation, there is a required minimum specification of hardware that the student will need to have access to.

  • A keyboard to enable typing of essays and reports (attached or detachable).
  • An active stylus-pen that supports the use of digital ink is a desirable addition. Touchscreens are also recommended.
  • 802.11ac wi-fi. This is a common standard for laptops. Many smart phones will not meet this requirement.
  • 4GB RAM, Solid state internal hard disk drive (commonly referred to as an SSD), at least 32Gb local storage (for digital texts, documents, photographs, video etc).
  • Battery powered, with a minimum 3 hour battery life (charging options will not be readily available). Devices must come to school fully charged.
  • A screen size suitable for reading eTexts and A4 documentation is highly recommended. 11.6” or larger is highly recommended.
  • A fully functional web browser. Browser versions must be recent enough to be able to utilise the Office 365 online service. Examples include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge.

Devices not suitable as a primary device (but may be used as an additional device if appropriate):

  • smart phone
  • iPod or similar
  • ebook readers
  • iPad with or without keyboard

If you require any clarification of the suitability of a device, please contact the IT Department at

How do I purchase the device?

With our Technology Partnership with HP and MSS we are pleased to be able to offer a suitable HP device that we have trialed and tested that meets the above requirements.

The versatile HP Pro x2 design strikes the right balance of mobility, durability, and security in a device that is designed to last. Ideal for challenging environments, this versatile detachable PC lets you work the way you want.

  • Windows 10 Home 64
  • Intel® Core™ i5-7Y54 Processor (1.2 GHz, up to 3.2 GHz, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
  • 12" diagonal FHD BrightView WUXGA+ UWVA eDP ultra-slim LED-backlit touch screen (1920 x1280), direct bonded, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
  • 8 GB LPDDR3-1866 SDRAM
  • 256 GB M.2 SATA TLC SSD
  • Wireless card eg: 802.11ac wireless adapter

Purchasing the device using our Technology Partner will have the added bonus of:
 Support – St Mark's will log any cases with HP and liaise on your behalf. There is also a call centre to answer questions and help parents, hours are Monday-Friday 9am-8pm.
 Accidental damage protection – This covers the device and provides replacement and/or fix to the device. Terms and Conditions are detailed separately.
 0% finance option over 24 months with 0% deposit.
 Free Shipping to your home.

HP and MSS are committed to reinvesting in the school and providing professional development sessions to our teachers to enable them to get the most of the advantages that technology can bring to a classroom. To purchase the recommended device please click on this link and follow the easy steps. For information on the bundle deals, please see this note.

Technology in Years 3 to 5 (published 12 May 2017)

Year 6 & 7 in 2018 (published 17 May 2017)

Year 8 & 9 in 2018