Technology is creating and shaping our present and our future. Explore our use of iPads and Information and Communication Technology.
For students to become independent, collaborative and self-motivated learners, they need to be skilled in technology's use and application in their daily social and working lives.
St Columba’s Catholic College encourages each student to stretch the boundaries of their individual capabilities. As well as collaboration, creativity, discussion, and research, a strong emphasis is placed on the use of resources and technology to help stimulate independent thinking.
The College's ICT Policy has been replaced with our "Student Use of Digital Devices and Online Services Student Agreement", which can be found on our "Policies and Proceedures" page.
Compass is the online tool/ website that the Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese and St Columba’s Catholic College uses to manage student attendance, daily messages to students and other tasks. Students can use it to see their attendance, merits, timetable, the daily news and other things.
Parents should see a guide for logging in to Compass on the Parent Handbook page, under "Compass".
Students should make sure they log into Compass as per these instructions.
For online safety advice please see the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner website. It has great info for children and adults and includes guides and advice for parents.
Student device requirements;
There are no textbooks for students in Years 7 to 10, except for Mathematics and HSIE. Laptops and iPads are learning tools, consequently the College requires all students in Years 7 to 12 to have a device. Many of the learning experiences within the St Columba's teaching programs have been designed with the iPad and laptop as the learning tools to promote and showcase student learning.
Junior School (Years 7-9): Year 7 students need to have a device which they will use as an essential tool to enhance their learning. Many students at St Columba’s have used iPads in Years 7-9, however, families are able to decide which device they would like to provide their child with as long as it is one of the supported devices (see below). Please note the requirement for Year 10 students to have a laptop in making this decision.
For more info on what iPads are are supported on the network, please see the section "Student iPad Requirements" below.
For info on what laptops are supported on the network, please see the section "Students BYO laptops" below.
Senior School (Years 10-12): students are required to bring laptops, which will be connected to the College network. For info on what laptops are allowed on the network, please see the section "Students BYO laptops" below. If senior students have a working iPad, then that will also be allowed instead of a laptop.
Please note that the College does not support; Andoid tablet devices (eg Samsing tablets), Chromebook laptops or Linux based devices. If you are unsure, please contact the College for assistance before you purchase a device.