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Howick College is a BYOD school and all students are required to have access to their own BYOD device both at school and at home. Writing skills are not neglected and student use of the internet is filtered and monitored.

Howick College BYOD Device Requirements
  • iPads, tablets and Smart Phones ARE NOT acceptable

  • Chromebooks are acceptable

  • All devices must:

    • have a full keyboard

    • have an 11 inch or bigger screen

    • hold a charge for a full day (6 to 8 hours)

  • Windows Devices

    • Windows 7 Pro is the lowest level of operating systems the school supports

    • Windows 10 is strongly preferred

    • A minimum 8Gb and 256Gb drive are recommended

    • Windows 7 Home is NOT acceptable

    • A number of cheaper laptops have Celeron processors,4Gb of RAM and Windows 11 S. We DO NOT recommend these as being suitable for school use.

Choosing the Right Device

A Chromebook is suitable for almost all schoolwork from Years 9 to 13.
However, a chrome book will not be suitable for students intending to take Digital Design or Media Studies as it is not able to run the Adobe Suite. Students who need to use the Adobe Suite at home for these courses, will require either a Windows laptop or a Macbook.

 We recommend a three year accidental damage insurance policy on all devices purchased.

My child currently has a device

Provided the device meets Howick College requirements outlined above, you will not need to purchase a new device.

I may have difficulty in obtaining a device

With the changing nature of the work force and education, we do require that all students have access to a personal BYOD device both at school and at home. However, we appreciate that this can cause some financial concerns for parents.  We invite you to discuss any concerns you may have with your child’s Dean.


If you have any questions regarding BYOD, please feel free to email BYOD@Howick.School.NZ

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