Year 9 MacBook Program

St John Paul II Catholic College provides a Year 9 Parent/Caregiver MacBook Purchase Program.

At St John Paul II Catholic College we value your child’s education and we believe that the 1 to 1 Parent Purchase/Caregiver iPad Program will allow your child to develop confidence, creativity and productivity through the use of technology in the classroom that will prepare them for the impacts of technologies in the digital world.

The 1 to 1 iPad Parent/Caregiver Purchase Program at St John Paul II Catholic College will extend the learning environment from the physical constraints of the learning and teaching spaces, to give our students the capability to collaborate, share information and experiences, work across disciplines and take control of their learning. Students and teachers have access to a range of tools that assist making learning stimulating, purposeful and more engaging.

The 1 to 1 program will equip each student with an iPad to use at school and at home, enabling students to have 24/7 access to resources and learning material.

2019 Laptop Purchase Information - Have a question?

This page provides parents with all of the information you require when purchasing your child's Apple laptop for Year 9 2019.

Please feel free to use the online form to ask questions if you need any clarification.


Parent Information

Why MacBook?

School Programs

School Programs and Courses

Our entire schools programming and unit writing are all designed and focused around the MacBooks and their capabilities. Assessment tasks are also designed using Mac only apps such as iMovie and Garageband.

All MacBook's at the school are linked with Google's APPS for education to which the students get free access with unlimited storage. Google Applications such as SLIDES and SHEETS allow multiple students to collaborate in real time on the same document and also from the convenience from home.





The school infrastructure has been built and focused around Apple Machines.


The networks and cabling at the school have been set up based on Apple products for the learning at the school. By having an Apple only focus we are able to increase speeds and detect problems a lot quicker than using multi systems.

TV's and Projectors

The school has installed over 100 TV's and Apple TV's which can only be connected to via Apple products such as a MacBook. If students need to project an assessment or present to the class they can only do so through their apple products.



Sharing Information

Every staff member at the school has a MacBook. By keeping it streamlined to the Apple products staff are easily able to share things with students such as assignments, resources and calendars for due dates. Not only this staff members are able to easily share information with their colleagues to further the education of our students. Lastly students are able to share information via their MacBooks in real time when they are working on collaborative learning strategies.




Applications on the MacBooks far outweighs any competitors


This is an application that comes standard with a MacBook and allows students to create music clips & songs or edit music or find a certain tone or pitch of a music note. The features of Garageband are widely used in a range of subjects and programs within our school environment. It is available as a free purchase on the App Store, if it isn't available on your device.


iMovie again comes standard with a MacBook and is used in a number of our subjects at the school and is also used for many assessment tasks. iMovie lets you create movies and presentations that can be shared amongst the class and teacher. iMovie gives our visual learners many opportunities to convey their thoughts and ideas. It is available as a free purchase on the App Store, if it isn't available on your device.




When MacBooks are used in an education environment up to 8-10 hours a day they still have a shelf life of 5 Years (minimum). This far outweighs other competition. Yes you may pay more money initially but another reason we are a Mac only school is that we ensure that your device will last your student from year 9-12 without any new purchases.



Virus Protection

Apple prides itself on keeping your MacBook safe from virus's and malware attacks. Whilst students should always be careful on what they click and download the MacBook itself is a lot more secure then other systems and virus protection is not needed to be purchased.


What MacBook Should you Purchase?


For best performance we would recommend the MacBook Pro. MacBook Pro's will be the fastest MacBook you can buy but will be the most expensive retailing at from $1899rrp

If purchasing a MacBook Pro you will not need any upgrades added to the machine.


For best price to performance and recommended by the School we recommend the MacBook Air. The MacBook Air is perfect for schoolwork as its fast and light and is at a cheaper price then the MacBook pro. The starting price of the MacBook Air is $1499.


The third option is to purchase a MacBook. A MacBook is still a good option, the only reason we do not suggest this is that the performance of the MacBook Pro will be much better then the MacBook itself and the prices are quite similar at $1899. We would recommend not to get this device over the MacBook Pro.

Parent/Student Contracts

Students and parents/caregivers are required to fill out and sign an ICT contract before they are placed back on to the school network.

Below is a copy of this years contract so you are well aware of the requirements of both the student and the parent/caregiver


1 to 1 Stage 5 Parent/Careviger Purchase Laptop Program 2017/2018
Student Responsibility Agreement

Student Name: ___________________________________  Homeroom: ____________

The Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Parramatta requires that all technology used within the St John Paul II Catholic College network is enrolled/registered by the ICT Team. This means that in order to access the St John Paul II Catholic College network all students and the parents/caregivers must complete the following agreement.

In order to have access to the St John Paul II Catholic College network I agree to:

  • Allow the ICT Team to add monitoring software on my laptop, which I understand will be used to monitor my acceptable use of technology in the classroom.
  • Accept the responsibilities listed below and understand that if I choose to ignore them I will be accountable for these actions which could include the confiscation of my laptop until my parent/caregiver collects it from the College.

As a responsible user I agree that:

  • The St John Paul II email accounts, blogs, sites, or any other computer based material are not private and may be viewed by ICT Staff at any time. This is inclusive of such things as iMessage and social media if they are open whilst at school.
  • I agree to ensure that the monitoring software is not turned off at any time during school hours or whilst accessing the school network.
  • I will log onto the St John Paul II network, any other digital device and online programs such as Classm8, using only my username and password provided by the school.
  • I will only use learning technologies at St John Paul II (including the internet) for learning related activities.
  • I will take care to check the credentials and reliability of any information obtained from the Internet.
  • I will treat all learning technologies with respect and due care. Vandalism or any attempt to harm or destroy the data of others will result in the cancellation of my user rights and further disciplinary action.
  • I will not access or store offensive images or audio on the laptops or other digital storage devices.
  • I will abide by copyright law by not copying and redistributing another’s work and will acknowledge the owners of copyright works.
  • I will not use digital technologies to harass or bully another student.
  • I will abide by conventions of etiquette and be respectful of others.
  • I will not reveal personal addresses or contact numbers over the Internet including my own.
  • I will not knowingly introduce a virus.
  • I will fully charge my laptop each evening in preparation for the next school day. I will not charge my laptop at school.
  • I will promptly report to staff any inappropriate material that is accidentally accessed.
  • I will transport my laptop inside the school bag at all times.
  • I will ensure that my laptop is stored in my locker during school breaks.

I have read and agree to abide by all the expectations listed above.

Student Signature: ___________________________________________ Date: ____________

Parent/Caregiver Signature: ___________________________________ Date: ____________

Purchasing your MacBook


CEDP, in partnership with Apple, have created an online portal to allow students and families of our Diocese to purchase Apple devices at educational discounts.

To purchase the Apple products, families will need to visit This custom page directs families to CEDP unique portal, and it offers all the same great features and access to all products and accessories of the regular Apple Online Store, like free delivery.

Families can also visit their local Apple Store and letting them know that they are from Parramatta Catholic School to get same pricing, advice or discuss the products that they might be considering. The contact centre is also available on 133-622.

Apple offers special iPad and Mac pricing for students attending our schools. This special pricing is available for purchases made at Apple Stores, through our school’s customised online store or via the Apple contact centre. If families are purchasing in-store or over the phone just let the Specialist know our school’s name.

Finance options are also available for purchases if families are purchasing at an Apple Store or online.

The Apple Store is a great place to learn about, try and buy Apple products for education. Apple Specialists are on hand to help families and their student get to know their new Apple device, and with Personal Setup they can help get new devices up and running before they leave the store.

Families and students can join one of the daily in-store workshops to learn a new skill, and students can learn and create at one of the Apple Camp or Field Trip events. Visit, to go directly to the Apple Store Castle Towers or Apple Store Penrith Apple Store and view the schedule.

Apple can also provide support with everything related to your new Apple purchase — from using iPad to troubleshooting iTunes. You can get support by phone, email or online chat or set up a repair or Genius Bar reservation at

There are two Apple Stores in the Parramatta Diocese. Please find below their details if you wish to contact them.

Apple Store Castle Towers

Phone: 02 8864 0820


Apple Store Penrith

Phone: 02 4702 9420





About this Offer

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta has negotiated special education deals on selected packages through its partner, CompNow. These devices have been selected to meet BYOD device specifications and all include additional warranty options.

Technology Categories

  • Apple Mac laptops
  • iPads


Orders will arrive approximately 3 weeks after the date on which the order was placed.


Please call 02 9951 7955 or email Joel Cooper your dedicated CompNow account manager.


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