E-Learning at PHS
At Papatoetoe High School we have spent recent years getting our staff and students used to working in a digital space. Students and staff are confident in the use of both Google and Microsoft platforms. However, our most preferred platform to work in is Microsoft Office 365.
Every student at our school has their own Google account and Office 365 account. With Microsoft Office 365 each of our learners is able to download Office on up to 5 devices. This then allows our learners to access all of the Microsoft Office apps anytime, anywhere.
Our preferred method of communication with students is using Office 365. We communicate with them using Microsoft Outlook emails but teachers are also able to communicate through Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom.
Here are some links you may find useful on how to support learners in a digital space.
Distance Learning with Microsoft Office 365
Distance Learning with Google Classroom
Logging in and Teams video display
(Logging in to Office 365 and Using Microsoft Teams)
Papatoetoe High School is fully committed to embracing the digitally fluent culture of the 21st century. We understand the importance of enabling learners to achieve through individualised student centred and authentic learning opportunities. The use of personal devices will expose our students to endless opportunities, allowing them to become confident and fluent digital citizens in a forever changing landscape.
We still believe that it is important for students to use pen and paper. The digital device will be used to support learning by allowing students to use online resources such as Office 365, Google Classroom, digital learning artefacts, and ClassNote (to name but a few). The integration of digital technology continues to have a transformative effect on learning in the classroom and outside.
Ensuring your son or daughter has an adequate device is very important and requires consideration of many factors: price, battery life, processing speed (processor plus RAM), and software requirements. As technology is evolving and ever-changing, we will review our requirements and recommendations each year to give parents the opportunity to purchase a device that will best support student learning and last for the majority (if not all) of their time at school. To assist parents and caregivers in buying a suitable device at a price that is competitive, we have established a relationship with three suppliers, PB Technologies, Harvey Norman and Noel Leeming. The devices information is listed below.
Finance options will be available as well as insurance and maintenance solutions through each provider. You are free to purchase your device from wherever you wish.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Where do we get information about what devices are available?
A. At present, go to any of the providers that we have listed and ask for their recommended devices. Tell them which school you will be attending and they will know which devices to recommend for you.
Q. What do we do if the device gets damaged or lost?
A. It is a really good idea to take out insurance for your child's device, as this will take away any stress if damage or loss happens. Check with the providers about insurance options that they offer. Some offer to give you a spare device while you wait for yours to be fixed.
Q. How will my child charge their device at school?
A. The expectation is that all students come to school with their device already charged.
Q. Where will my child keep their device during the day?
A. We recommend that your child keeps the device with them during the day and ensure that they have a robust case and school bag to cater for this.
Q. How are the school going to approach the safe us of these devices in class?
A. The E-Learning team have been ensuring that both staff and students are equipped with resources and knowledge to support BYOD at Papatoetoe High School. This includes the sharing of teaching materials around the safe use of devices and our behavioural expectations around digital technology in our school.
Q. What do we do if we have concerns or questions about BYOD that are not answered here?
A. Please contact our team at BYOD@papatoetoehigh.school.nz if you have any other queries or concerns.
BYOD for students Year 9 to 13
Students attending our school are requested to bring their own device to school. As a school, we request that this device meets a list of minimum specifications. Please see the list below for the minimum requirements for devices at our school.
Please visit this page for updates.
Operating System-Microsoft Windows 10
Processor-Intel Core i3 Minimum
Main Memory (RAM)-4 GB minimum
Hard Disk Drive-200 GB minimum
Solid State Drive-128 GB minimum
External Ports-2 USB ports minimum
Wireless Adapter-Wi-Fi compatible-Required Specification
Wifi AC Compatible (dual band wifi)
Security-Up to date Anti-Virus
Battery-4-6 hrs battery life
Casing-Durable casing with keyboard
You can purchase a device from any retail provider.
If you have any queries or concerns around BYOD please contact us via:
Below are a list of useful links for further information regarding Papatoetoe High School and studying in New Zealand:
Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2022
Study Work and Live in Auckland
Term Dates 2023
For long term planning, please visit MoE website
External Exams Dates
Senior Examinations dates can be found on NZQA website: