ict & byod

Vision: “ Use IT to enhance teaching and learning opportunities and prepare students for their future today. “

As part of its commitment to enhancing student learning, Rāroa is committed to the provision and use of appropriate learning technologies in all classes. To ensure the safety of students the school has a “User Agreement” to promote positive digital citizenship interactions around the use of IT. Please complete and return this when you receive it.

Rāroa Normal Intermediate is a Google apps school. We do have some Apple products that help enhance classroom and DPE programmes.


Rāroa Normal Intermediate is an optional BYOD School (Bring your own device).

School-wide WIFI access is free to students through their school log-on. The advantages for students bringing their own devices are many and varied. A student-owned internet-capable device can provide valuable learning

We recognise that students are only at Rāroa Normal Intermediate for 2 years so parents should also take into account any requirements that secondary schools may have if buying a brand new device (see table below). BYOD devices such as Chromebook and laptops are highly encouraged as they cater to a wider range of learning opportunities. The use of these devices can be monitored closely and utilise the school’s filtering controls. You can now purchase a BYOD Chromebook device directly from Rāroa (see Purchasing a Device below).

BYOD Devices for use at Rāroa Normal Intermediate should have:

  • A screen greater than 10”
  • Be Wi-Fi capable
  • A working battery with a rated 6 hour use
  • A keyboard (can be portable/Bluetooth)
  • Up to date operating system and antivirus software
  • Must be able to run Google Chrome

Information on devices

Table of Colleges

Below is a table of colleges that most of our students attend after leaving Rāroa along with what their recommendations are.

If looked after properly, devices such as Laptops and Chromebooks will last 3-4 years.

School Recommended Device Considerations
Onslow College Chromebook, Laptops Google apps school
Wellington Girls College Chromebook, Laptops Google apps school
Wellington College Chromebook (Year 9/10); Laptops from Year 10 onwards Google apps school
Newlands College Netbook, laptop, Ultrabook or Chromebook. Google apps school