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									                                              Boonah State High School
                                             “Working in Partnership with Students, Parents and the Community”
                                                                   ‘Learning life together’
                                   9 November 2011


                                   Dear Parent/Caregiver

Macquarie Street                   Boonah State High School is expanding the Laptop program that began in 2011 with 80 of
Boonah Qld 4310                    our year 10 cohort. With the Federal Government funding and your support we are presented
                                   with an opportunity to make high end laptops and programs available to all students across
Postal Address
PO Box 94
                                   years 9 – 12 in 2012.
Boonah Qld 4310
                                   Students today look at technology as part of their everyday environment and are very
Ph:    07 54606111                 comfortable with digital devices and resources. They use twitter, msn and social networks to
Fax:   0754606100                  communicate. They are able to navigate and research using search engines, wikis and blogs
                                   and they are able to create polished presentations using programs and resources online.
A/Principal:
Bronwyn Johnstone
                                   I believe the laptop program has expanded student learning beyond the boundaries of school
Deputy Principal                   and extend the formal learning community to include parents, siblings and other family
Tony Ickiewicz                     members important in the lives of each of our students. I therefore urge you to support the
                                   expansion of the 1:1 program, because personal computers have revolutionized every other
Deputy Principal:
                                   aspect of society and one expects that the same should be true for education now that
Barbara Kelly
                                   laptops are more affordable, durable and portable.

email:                             More and more educational resources are being produced in a digital format allowing our
boonahshs@boonahshs.eq.edu.au
                                   students to access their learning anywhere, anytime. As educators we need to harness the
web:                               opportunities this technology presents.
www.boonahshs.eq.edu.au

                                   We are now planning the next phase of the program and you are invited to sign up to have
                                   your student included. To deliver the program effectively you would be required to contribute
                                   $180 annually. The break down of the cost to participate in the 1:1 Program is in the table
                                   overleaf.

                                   We will be holding an information session on the school Open Day (8 Oct). We will be asking
                                   all new participants to complete the charter at that time so we can roll out the laptops as
                                   quickly as possible. Parents will be asked to choose the level of filtering that will apply when
                                   the student is at home (page 11 of the Charter on our website). For your information I have
                                   also included a suggested rollout timeline which includes payment dates. Please refer to the
                                   school website for more information about the program.

                                   Please complete the tear-off slip below, indicating your intention of engagement in the next
                                   phase of the 1:1 program and return it to Student Services. If you have any queries and
                                   would like to discuss the program please contact either me personally or Mr Jason Smith,
                                   Head of Department, ICT through the school office on 54606111 or by email
                                   bjohn82@eq.edu.au or jsmit375@eq.edu.au .

                                   Yours sincerely




                                   Bronwyn Johnstone
                                   Principal
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Boonah State High School 1:1 Laptop Program Indicator
Student Name: ___________________________________________ (please print)

 I wish to be part of the 1:1 Laptop Program
 No I do not wish to part of the 1:1 Laptop Program
                                Parent/Caregiver signature:                                                      Date

                            Respect ourselves, others & the community – Value effort – Act responsibly & ethically
                       BOONAH STATE HIGH SCHOOL
                       1:1 Laptop Program Additional Information



1:1 Program breakdown of costs
QLD DET are in agreement that there are circumstances where a parental co-contribution is justified in
consultation with the parent community, which are:

      Maintenance of effort

       When the Fund commenced, there were already 210,000 computers under four years old in secondary
       schools for students in Years 9 to 12. The Government is providing sufficient funding for schools to
       reach a computer to student ratio of 1:1 including funding for the installation and maintenance of
       computers. Nationally, this funding will provide for 788,000 computers, additional to those in place at
       the commencement of the Fund. Before the commencement of the Fund, some schools charged
       parents for computers or a technology fee. The Government acknowledges that in order to maintain the
       ICT investment for existing computers at the school, these schools may choose to continue to charge a
       fee. The school, in consultation with parents and the education sector, should determine the manner in
       which the fees are charged across the parent body, while making it clear that the fee only covers the
       purchase and maintenance of computers necessary to meet the school’s maintenance of effort
       obligation.

      High end devices/ More expensive devices

       The Australian Government is providing funding of $1000 per computer. Some schools have decided
       to purchase more expensive equipment costing more than $1000 and then to charge a fee to cover the
       difference in funding. This is a school-based decision. Schools should ensure that parents understand
       that any fee is associated with the decision to purchase more expensive equipment.

      Extending the program

       Some schools have decided to bring their total school population across all years to a computer to
       student ratio of 1:1 and to charge parents for the computers. Schools should note that the Fund is
       directed towards students in Years 9–12 and decisions to purchase computers for other years is a school
       based decision and not associated with the Fund. The school, in consultation with parents and the
       education sector, should determine the manner in which the fees are charged across the parent body,
       while making it clear that the fee is for the purchase and maintenance of computers for students not
       covered by the Fund.

      Additional services/support

       Some schools are providing additional services/support over and above the level of funding provided
       by the NSSCF. These additions include;

           o   additional “Hot Swap” computers to ensure continuity of learning should a device not be
               available due to breakdown
           o   extended help desk and technical support to students
           o   additional school and subject specific software.

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Boonah SHS Parental contribution
                                              Annual cost to student                    Cost to Boonah SHS
                                                                                              (4 years)
 Laptop                                  $0                                 $0
 Maintenance of effort                   $15                                $120 000
 100 laptops every 4 years
 Additional services/support             $165                               $100 000
 Hot swaps
 Help desk
 Tekskin
 IT support staff
 Total                                   $180                               $220 000



Suggested rollout timeline information

 2010      November                                                                         December

           Round 1 Parent Meeting – Read                                                    Student Assembly – Unpack
           Agreement                                                                        the 1:1 process to students


 2011      February                               October                                   November

           Round 1:                               Round 2:                                  Payment Due Yr 8, 9 ($180)
           First Payment Due - $240               Parent meeting (8 October)                Issue Laptop Yr 8, 9
           Return Agreement                       First Payment Due Yr 10, 11 ($180)
           Issue Laptop                           Issue Laptop Yr 10, 11

 2012      February                                                                         November

           Round 1:                                                                         Return the laptop for reimaging
           Second Payment due - $180                                                        Yr 12 Return of laptop



 2013      February                                                                         November
           Third Payment Due - $180                                                         Return the laptop for reimaging
           (Round 1)                                                                        Yr 12 Return of Laptop
           Second Payment Due (Round 2)




 2014      February                                                                         November
           Fourth Payment Due - $180                                                        Return the laptop for reimaging
                                                                                            Yr 12 Return of Laptop




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