St Helena is committed to preparing students for the world of work in the digital age.

We teach students how to choose the best digital tool for the task and to use technology to work smarter and to adapt as circumstances demand.

Students at all year levels are schooled in IT literacies that enable them to research and problem solve, reorganise and analyse information, test and apply knowledge and to present data and findings.

We employ the IT teaching strategies that increase engagement and foster communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

All students are expected to be safe, responsible and ethical ICT users

BYOD Minimum Requirements

If choosing to Bringing your own device Model and not from one of the above options of  St Helena Laptop Portal.  Please see below:

The amount of technical support that can be provided by the school for devices outside specified models is limited. The College can provide access, for approved devices, to all the necessary software (licensed Department education), however this must be removed should a student exit the College.
BYOD devices will have the school image applied before being connected to the College network/wifi.
Families may purchase they own machine as long as it has the following minimum specifications. 
Please note NO Apple MacBooks are allowed
, as it does not meet the following requirements:
• Windows 10
or 11 – Natively
• Intel Core i5 – 8th Gen or better
• 11.6” FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution, supporting multi-touch and 
active stylus input.
• 8GB DDR3, DDR4 or DDR5 Memory
• ac/ax (Wi-Fi 5 or 6) Wireless (5.0 GHz)
• 256 GB 
Solid State Drive
Active Stylus input
• Up to 7 hours battery

1 to 1 Notebook Program

This enables students to access, use, create and publish digital and online information anywhere, anytime.

 The Tablet PC:
·     is compact and easy to transport
·     has a touch screen, active stylus and long battery life
·     supports latest Windows versions
·     facilitates a high level of interactivity. Its highly diverse modes of use support innovative learning strategies
·     facilitates handwriting, note taking, the drawing and labelling of diagrams
·     facilitates the use of OneNote, the school’s curriculum delivery tool, and the tablet’s function as a digital workbook/portfolio
·     stores and facilitates engagement with electronic resources and learning products – ebooks, worksheets, word documents
·     facilitates personalised learning, progress monitoring and feedback
·     accommodates Compass, the school’s electronic communication system.

Note: Computers that do not meet the minimum College technical specifications are NOT accepted on the Network.

Digital Ink Immersion

Full immersion digital inking started at St Helena in Term 4, 2016.

This means that Years 7-9 students use a screen and stylus.

 New research underlining the power of the pen in learning influenced this decision. Researchers have found that the physical movement of the pen promotes neural activity that governs all higher levels of cognitive processing and learning. Stylus technology therefore brings together the use of digital devices that foster creative, social and organisational capabilities and the sensorimotor benefits of handwriting.  

Having developed the habit of using this interface and experienced the associated advantages first hand, our students are well placed to make full use of their device going forward.


Compass is our school portal. It is the web-based school management platform students, staff and parents use to:


Access information and resources

Facilitate learning

Post and submit tasks

Receive feedback in real time

Monitor learning progress

Access reports

Make payments

Monitor attendance

Manage consent/medical requirements for camps and excursions

Order school photos

Schedule STRIVE interviews


Take a look at our information on our 2024 showcase evening, ACE information evening and College tours.