Curriculum & Learning

ICT / E-Learning

It is expected that students at all year levels will have their own device to utilise as part of their learning programme in 2019. After six years of the BYOD rollout, Westlake Girls now incorporates E-Learning at all levels. We will continue to maintain a blended learning environment where a computing device is one of many tools students will use to learn during each day. Students will use open source tools (free tools via the web).  They will not be required to purchase further applications unless stipulated in the course handbook.

We have worked hard to continue to be a ‘Multi-Device’ school to help support families who have purchased devices for their daughters during their time at our feeder schools. However while we are a ‘Multi-Device’ school, we have recognised that while tablets and iPads meet our minimum specifications, they are not as effective and efficient in the classroom. Our experience has shown that the most effective device is a laptop/notebook for the secondary school environment.

The minimum specifications are extremely important to ensure that your daughter will be able to use the device effectively in all subjects, and to make sure the device is fit for purpose so your child has a positive experience. Outdated, poor quality or shared devices will make it difficult for them to have an effective learning experience.

Device selection is even more important for students at the senior levels. For any student who is intending on studying a design subject, a laptop is essential and should be capable of having programs such as Adobe Photosuit loaded onto them. (These programs may be offered next year at a significantly discounted rate for students).

For students who want to be able to use Adobe creative suite in subjects such as Art, Technology, digital technology, Media studies, English, Steam. (Mainly senior classes y11-y13), we are encouraging a device with slightly different specs.  Students pay a low price of around $7 to have the BYOD Adobe Creative Suite loaded onto their computers for the year, enabling the students to work more effectively with these tools.

 Minimum device specifications: 

Minimum device specifications Recommended Specs: To use Adobe creative suite in senior subjects such as Art, Technology, digital technology, Media studies, English, Steam
  • Be Wi-Fi capable
  • Have a processing capacity that enables creation and manipulation of the
    text and data
  • 10 inch (diagonal) screen minimum (13-14 inch is more suitable)
  • All students who bring a tablet device such as iPads, Samsung Galaxy etc. must also have a separate keyboard.
  • Battery 5+ hours
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Durable
  • Able to operate a Google Chrome browser and Google Apps for Education


  • Intel® Core 2 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor; 2 GHz or faster processor
  • MAC OS version 10.10.5 or later , Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 40 GB of available hard-disk space required
  • 1024 x 768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit colour and 512 MB of dedicated VRAM;  2 GB is recommended

Devices with lower RAM means it is slower but can still work.


Acceptable Devices but not recommended

Acceptable Devices but not recommended


Ineffective Devices
  • Laptops/Devices that meet the specifications above.
  • iPad/Android tablets with a screen size of 10 inches or larger. (note: a keyboard is required)
  • iPad/Android tablets with a screen size smaller than 10 inches.  A 7-inch iPad/tablet is too limiting.
  • Surface RT’s – they have trouble running the chrome browser and therefore google apps for education.
  • Devices without keyboards.
  • Phones

We also encourage you to:

  • Have a protective case for the device.
  • Insure the device against loss or damage.
  • Load anti-virus software.


Network 4 Learning was implemented towards the end of 2016 and the school has continued to upgrade aspects of the network to ensure appropriate Wi-Fi access and speed. The SNUP (School Network Update Project) through the Ministry of Education was completed in 2012. In 2013 a full server upgrade was completed and the wireless coverage extended. 2014 saw an additional increase in Wi-Fi coverage. Increasing the Wi-Fi coverage and the speed of the internet throughout the school has been a continued focus in 2015. The Network 4 Learning upgrade was completed towards the end of 2015. Continued upgrades to the Wi-Fi are ongoing to enable the school to future proof itself for increases in Wi-Fi usage.

For the Ministry of Education’s flyer on Wi-Fi and Technology in Education please click here