Dear Whanau

2023 BYOD at Taradale Intermediate

Taradale Intermediate is a dual platform school: running Office 365 and Google Suite for Education. Your child will require a laptop (Windows or MAC) or chromebook for 2023.
We do expect learners to have a device which is capable of taking video and photo footage to record their learning. Our students sometimes use smartphones as a secondary device, for video and photos only, if their device does not have a camera. There is NO expectation that your child has a secondary device.

You may want to look at a device that is capable of running the full Office 365 suite as a desktop application. This allows students to work on projects at home without a network connection and provides more options than the web-based apps. Please do not purchase Office 365 software; as this comes as part of the package we offer through the school, and can be downloaded onto five of your own devices.

We do ask that students come with an anti virus protection on all their devices as they are accessing our public network. There are some good free ones available to download or purchase one with your device.


  • Dual Core – i5 4GB RAM 128GB SSD Hardrive (8GB 256SSD if using specialist software such as Adobe Suite)
  • Wireless n minimum.  We do prefer Wireless 6 (802.11ax), and dual band if possible for improving the speed, performance and security.
  • Minimum 11-12” screen.
  • Battery minimum of 8 hours.  Due to Health and Safety - we do not have the capacity to be charging devices at school.
  • Must have Google Chrome browser installed so that it can run our platforms.
  • Antivirus application. 

Please consider the weight of the device as your child will need to carry this to and from school and from class to class.

Please consider a sleeve or cover for the device.

Personal headphones/earbuds are required.  Please have a pair that are comfortable for your child to wear.

If you have any questions please contact Terri Ann Pay or Robyn Eddy.