Antivirus software should be installed on any Windows or Apple OSX device that is going to be used in a shared environment, such as school or places where free WiFi is available (cafes, restaurants and shopping centres). Malicious software can be spread easily over open WiFi and novice internet users are especially vulnerable. Using a trusted and capable antivirus scanner will assist in keeping your data secure and safe at all times.
While JJCMHS does not recommend any specific Antivirus software, there are several free programs available that will more than satisfy your security needs. AVG AntiVirus Free and AVAST! are the most established in that regard and paid-for options are also very reliable, however each has benefits over the other . With some research online you will be able to make a decision on which Antivirus best suits your needs.
Students with a current NSW Department of Education (DoE) email address can download Microsoft, Adobe, and other specialised programs free of charge. While all software available from the DoE is Microsoft Windows compatible, Apple Macbooks only have limited compatibility while Chromebooks and Tablets (both Android and iOS devices) have no software available to them.
Titles include Microsoft Windows (Versions 7 through 10), Microsoft Office 2016, Adobe Creative Suite 6 for Web and Adobe Elements.
You can access the NSW Department of Education Software Catalogue from this website.
get the essentials For windows and apple
Any utilities provided by the NSW Department of Education, used in conjunction with a
student email address (@education.nsw.gov.au) or accessed using the school's network are
governed by J. J. Cahill Memorial High School's Acceptable Use Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy and
Student BYOD Contract Terms and Conditions.
G Suite for Education is an suite of applications that ae the preferred set of office utilities at JJCMHS. The suite offers a excellent collaborative features which greatly enhance student learning outcomes. For more information follow the link to our G Suite for Education page.
Google Chrome internet browser is the access portal for almost all activities in class, projects and take home assessments. From your existing browser simply search for Google Chrome and follow the links to download and install.
Google Drive Desktop Application synchronises your Google for Education cloud storage to your local hard disk, making all your files, Docs, Sheets and Slides available offline. Synchronisation for offline access is currently unavailable using the school WiFi network.
Microsoft Office, while not the preferred set of office utilities for JJCMHS, is still a powerful tool which offers many features comparable to Google for Education. The advanced note taking tool OneNote is a useful tool and workbook replacement in many circumstances.
Evernote is a cloud-based note taking application that makes organisation of your notes and classwork simple, searchable and allows collaboration between teachers, students and groups. Evernote does offer a paid version, however the free package offers more than enough features and storage than a student could ever use. This is the desktop application for Evernote's cloud-based utility.
VLC Media player is a free video and audio player that can play a large range of file types without the need to install other software. It uses very little processing resources which makes it very capable.
WinRAR is a compression/de-compression software which allows you to combine files and reduce their size for faster uploading or ability to email. The trial period is 30 days, after which a pop-up will appear asking your to get a licensed version. There features are not limited after the trial and you are in no-way obligated to purchase a user license. If you do like the software and use it often and would appreciate more frequent updates, the purchase of the program will ensure that it continues to be developed.