IT & laptop information

The College IT Office is open daily from 8.00am – 4.00pm.

Assuming that the laptop has met the requirements provided and has not had its default connection settings altered, the school’s ICT centre will able to provide an internet connection. This will include a printing service via the internet.

While our technical staff will endeavour to support students with any connection issues, they cannot perform hardware repairs to students’ laptops. The same applies to trouble-shooting software issues due to neglect.

Email: IT@qmc.school.nz

QMC approved laptops

Approved Laptops can be purchased via www.cyclone.co.nz
Select Queen Margaret College from the dropdown menu and type in the following:

User:qmc
Password: QMC2017

Laptop recommendations

  • i5 Processor (minimum), 8 gigs of Ram (absolute minimum).
  • Operating System – Windows 10 or Mac
  • Not suitable: Chromebooks, Tablet Devices (such as iPads and Android tablets), and laptops with eMMC storage.
  • Must have a battery life which is sustainable for the whole school day (five to six hours). This is crucial for Occupational Health and Safety purposes, as we do not allow laptop chargers in the classroom.
  • Students MUST have administrator rights. This enables students to download and install subject specific software in class under the guidance of her teacher (such as Paint.net, MuseScore, Notepad++, Lego Mindstorm etc.).
  • Full (non trial) anti-virus eg, AVG FREE. If a student laptop does not have suitable anti-virus/ anti-malware software installed they will not be connected to the network. (Does not apply to Apple Macs)

Note: Tablet devices such as iPads without a full operating system are not suitable as there are limitations regarding their suitability in certain subjects, eg:, Digital Technology, or Mathematics and Science which require spreadsheet software.

Media Studies/Design/Senior Digital Technologies

Windows

  • Multicore processor with 64-bit support
  • Windows 10 (64 bit). Supporting Windows 10 Creator Edition & Dial
  • 8 GB of RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
  • 512GB SSD Hard Drive (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1280×800 display (1920×1080 or larger recommended)
  • Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
  • External Hard Drive 512GB minimum for Backup

macOS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • macOS X  v10.11, v10.12 or v10.13
  • 8 GB of RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
  • 512GB SSD Hard Drive (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)1280×800 display (1920×1080 or larger recommended)
  • Sound card compatible with Apple Core Audio
  • Optional: Adobe-recommended GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance
  • External Hard Drive 512GB minimum for backup (Time Machine)

Key responsibilities of the student
Your daughter must bring her laptop to school every day, ready to use with a fully charged battery. The school does not provide charging stations for laptops so this is imperative.

Updates: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all updates are applied to key software programmes, i.e, MS Office.

Backing Up: It is the student’s responsibility to maintain the health of OneDrive.

Start of year set-up time
An email will go out late January detailing your daughters logon information and access to software downloads from our download portal. There will also be a day allocated before school starts for students to come in if they have any IT issues. At the start of the year there will still be laptop ‘set up’ sessions where all new students will activate their e-folio, and OneDrive as well as setting up their subject folders and running through the basics of computer usage, care and management. Internet safety and ethics will be covered at the outset, and other aspects of digital citizenship will be addressed over the course of the year.

Insurance
This is the responsibility of parents and they should ensure that their daughter’s laptop is covered under their own home insurance arrangements. All students must bring their own padlock. All students and parents will be required to read and sign the College’s Network Acceptable Usage Policy upon enrolment.