BYOD at Rathkeale College

Rathkeale College is committed to integrating innovation and technology into teaching across all levels. We encourage students to take ownership of their learning and choose how they deliver their content. Allowing students to bring their own device (BYOD) and have control over their own device gives them the flexibility to access their learning anywhere, anytime.

Minimum Requirements

A touch screen device with an ‘active’ stylus pen is also highly recommended and is a requirement for the Junior BYOD classes that are being run at Years 9 and 10. A stylus pen is extremely useful in subjects such as Science and Mathematics where students are dealing with symbols and diagrams on a regular basis. An ‘active’ stylus will detect the pen when writing and will prevent your palm from activating the touch screen. This allows for natural handwriting.
If you have an existing device, or intend on purchasing a device, that is not touch capable then we recommend that you purchase a USB digital drawing tablet that can be attached to the device so that it can accept a stylus pen input.
Example – Found Here

Minimum Specifications:

If you are considering purchasing a device independently, please ensure that it meets the following specifications:

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 / 8.1/ 10, Apple OS X 10.9+
Processor Mobile focused Intel Core i3 minimum, i5 recommended. AMD 64
Main Memory/RAM 2GB minimum (4GB recommended)
Hard Drive (SSD/HDD) 64 GB or higher (SSD). Solid State Disk (SSD) instead of traditional Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is highly recommended (SSD are much faster and provide longer battery life)
Input QWERTY keyboard, attached, detachable or Bluetooth
Screen size 10.1″ minimum, 15″ maximum. Touch Screen and stylus pen highly recommended.
External Ports 1 (or more) x Full size USB 2.0/3.0 (micro USB suitable with adapter)
Wireless Adapter Wi-Fi compatible – Required Specification
Wireless 802.11n/ac
Battery Life Ideally six hours on a single charge
Microsoft Office 2016 Microsoft Office is available for Rathkeale students to download for free. Information on how to access this is available on Rathkeale Online and Parent Portal blogs.
Anti-Virus software Compulsory anti-virus for all devices. Note: New Windows 8/10 computers include Windows defender built in for free. This is a suitable anti-virus program.
Java For web applications
Flash For web applications (Although, this is being largely replaced by HTML 5)
Web Browser Web browser – Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari

Recommended Devices

More info on the devices below can be found at:
Rathkeale BYOD Cyclone 
Login: rathkeale
Password: rathkeale2017

What about Apple?

Apple MacBook/MacBook Air/MacBook Pro: preferably Retina display for battery life. (Please be aware that these are not touch screen capable and therefore students may be disadvantaged when it comes to writing formula and drawing diagrams. We are aware that Apple computers may provide an advantage in some senior subject areas such as Art and Music. However, the school provides specialist Mac suites for this purpose.) In general, we do not recommend these devices for students.

Purchasing a BYOD Device

Cyclone is a New Zealand owned ICT company that provides an efficient procurement capability for NZ Government agencies, tertiary institutions, schools and commercial organisations.

BYOD devices and accessories are available to Rathkeale students through the Cyclone web portal:


Cyclone Computers

​​Login: rathkeale
Password: rathkeale2017

Noel Leeming

​Noel Leeming Rathkeale Promotion.pdf

Mention Rathkeale College at a Noel Leeming store to receive special school discounts on BYOD and accessories.