BYOD @ PLC Sydney
BYOD or Bring Your Own Device is compulsory from Years 5-12.
- Students in Years 5-8 can choose from a select number of devices on our BYOD portal. You may only choose a device from the PLC Sydney BYOD portal
- Students in Years 9-12 can choose any Mac or Windows device that meets the minimum standards. They may either buy this from the PLC Sydney BYOD portal or elsewhere.
The PLC Sydney BYOD portal can be found at
Students are responsible for all aspects of technology ownership. This includes, maintaining the software needed, warranty, insurance, swap out plans for repair times, maintenance of hardware, printing of documents, backup of files, maintenance of cloud based systems, logins and passwords, etc. We have integrated content into the curriculum to help students with this effort.
When you buy from our BYOD portal we have arranged with these vendors to allow PLC Sydney to be a warranty drop off point. We also have charging support for these devices and loan machines. If you do not buy from our BYOD portal we cannot offer this, and you will be required to make your own arrangements.
Minimum Standards for 9-12 devices are as follows:
- Minimum specs are 256gb SSD, 8GB RAM, i5 or greater, 802.11 AC/5GHz WiFi
- An English operating system
- USB-C charging is highly desirable
- We recommend a vendor with excellent support such as Apple, HP, Dell or Lenovo
- We recommend that an extended warranty is purchased with the device as long as you are able to obtain, usually 3 years
- Accidental damage insurance is highly recommended
- If you expect the machine to last for a long time, upgrade memory, storage and processor as much as possible
- IMPORTANT: ALL BYOD machines MUST have an English operating system. Students with non-english operating systems will not be supported by the helpdesk
- Anti virus and malware protection MUST be installed and kept up to date (information regarding this is listed below)
- Operating system patches MUST be kept up to date
- ALL of your data must be saved in Google Drive, the laptop must also have a regular backup
- PLC Sydney will maintain a small fleet of temporary loan machines for BYOD students, parents may be charged for extended use of a loan machine (longer than 2 weeks)
- All software required to meet teacher expectations is installed prior to any lessons conducted by that teacher unless advised otherwise
- Laptops are to be charged ready for each morning - limited charging is available in Technical Services and we cannot guarantee we will have your style of charging cable. Power adapters are not permitted in classrooms
- You must provide your own connection adapters (VGA or HDMI, etc.)
- Failure to maintain this standard will be treated as a misdemeanor and dealt with by the Wellbeing team.
For the protection of your computer and the PLC Sydney network, there are TWO requirements for being connected to the WiFi:
- Ensure your antivirus and anti-malware are always up to date
- Ensure that your operating system is up to date
Once these steps have been performed you may then connect to the School WiFi. If your device is found to not have up to date antivirus or operating system patches we will block your access immediately.
The school has purchased Sophos antivirus for all girls in 9-12. Years 5-8 do not need antivirus on their devices.
MacOS Sophos install guide:
Windows 10 Sophos install guide:
2. OPERATING SYSTEM PATCHES
To be eligible for connection to PLC Sydney’s WiFi network your device must be kept up to date with the latest security patches. It is imperative for you and your peers cyber security that you maintain device operating system patching as well as application patching. Depending on your device the way that you apply operating system patches may be different.
For Windows 10: Operating system patches are available from Settings > Check for updates.
For MacOS users, operating system and app updates can be found in the App Store.
Once these two steps are in place you may now be connected to the WiFi network.
How to connect Windows 10:
How to connect MacOS: