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3. Preparing your device for school

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‚ÄčOnce students have their laptop ready to bring to school, they can join our secure, custom built Wi-Fi network.

Enrolling a device

Students can now prepare their device at home, without needing to visit the IT Help Desk.  In fact, it's easier to enrol at home than at school. 

Students should follow the instructions in the videos below to enrol.

Android and Chromebook devices are not supported.

Students will need to know their email address (username@eq.edu.au) and password to complete the process.  If they do not know their password their teacher can help reset it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Privacy - Does Microsoft Intune monitor the student's device activity?

No.  Microsoft Intune reports the following information to the school:

  • Device model, like Google Pixel
  • Device manufacturer, like Microsoft
  • Operating system and version, like iOS 12.0.1
  • Application inventory of company deployed software only
  • Device owner
  • Device name
  • Device serial number
  • IMEI

Microsoft Intune will never record any of the following:

  • Calling and web browsing history*
  • Email and text messages*
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • Passwords
  • Pictures, including what's in the photos app or camera roll
  • Files
*Internet and email activity still go through our network security filtering service.

My child has an older Windows device.  Will it work on the new network?

If your child's device is running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, it will need to be upgraded to Windows 10.  This can be done for free.  If the device runs Windows 10 'S Mode' it may need to be upgraded to standard Windows 10 first.  See the Microsoft support guide for more.

The device will also need to have a 5Ghz Wi-Fi receiver, which is in most laptops and tablets manufactured within the last 5 years.  If your device does not have this receiver, you can purchase a 5Ghz dongle for less than $30 from most computer stores.  Contact the IT Help Desk if you require help.

What are the costs?

In 2021, the BYOx levy will be discontinued to allow families more 

Previously, the school charged a small fee of $50 per student per year.  These fees supported a range of benefits to students, including:

  • increased internet bandwidth (x4 more than the Education Queensland guarantee) 

  • 40% more IT Support staff

  • administration of free, secure lockers for any student throughout the year

  • Increased technical support with devices*

  • access to free chargers and emergency HotSwap loan devices

*School technicians can inspect devices but usually cannot perform repairs to devices or the warranty will be void. The manufacturer or computer vendor must handle all hardware or software faults. Most manufacturers will not cover deliberate damage to a machine and it is the responsibility of the device owner to ensure the safety of the device.

A Wi-Fi network for the future

Completed in October 2020

Park Ridge SHS is the first high school in South East Region (EQ) to overhaul it's Wi-Fi network with new, state-of-the-art Wi-Fi technology to provide an ultra-fast, modern internet network.

This upgrade commenced with planning in September 2019, with works carried out during June-October 2020.  The network is now fully operational for the 2021 school year.

Park Ridge State High School funded the project at a cost of $360,000 to become the leading high school in the Logan area for 21st century learning.

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Last reviewed 26 May 2021
Last updated 26 May 2021