As the 2017 school year is about to commence it's important to start checking that you are getting ready, not just mentally (by either lamenting the rapidly ending break, or celebrating that your child's school routine will again alleviate the pressure of being chief entertainment officer!), but have the resources to ensure a successful start to the year!
This means a trip to your favourite stationary store, stocking up on pens, highlighters, rulers and notebooks, and preparing for BYOD by securing a device for your child's learning in 2017.
While the boxing day sales have come and gone, there are still some great deals on laptops from many local retailers, and should you wish to hunt for the best deal be sure to visit our DEVICE SPECIFICATION page to ensure the laptop you purchase is compatible at school. On that page you will also see which devices are recommended for your child, with Chromebooks being a very cost effective and powerful option for students across all years.
However, if that seems like a daunting task you can also visit our PURCHASING page to secure a device through our partner, Harvey Norman Business and Education. Harvey Norman Business and Education take away the guess work by providing a range of laptops and accessories which are compatible with the school's network infrastructure, and are delivered to school for your convenience. Through that service you can also apply for 6 months interest free through GO Finance (additional fees and charges may apply, visit Go Mastercard for all terms and conditions).
While we are encouraging students to have a device for their learning, there will still be a need for writing tools for many tasks, and class teachers will specify what their expections regarding this during week 1. We at J J Cahill Memorial High School encourage that students, even those with laptops, come prepared to engage in written work for all classes.
We hope you have all had a safe, enjoyable and relaxing break and look forward to starting the new school year together.