Term Dates 2021
Term 1 Feb 3- April 16
Term 2 May 3 - July 9
Term 3 July 26- Oct 1
Term 4 Oct 18 - Dec 14 (TBC)
BYMC (Bring Your Managed Chromebook)
Bring Your Managed Chromebook
Our children are using devices more regularly in their learning and in the sharing of their learning with their whanau. With the implementation of the new Digital Technologies Curriculum and the improved abilities of our students to use devices for learning we are finding it is necessary to have more than one group using devices at at time. We simply do not have the computers available to do this.
To meet our growing need it is strongly recommended that students in Years 3-6 have their own chromebook. A survey of students and teachers at Otonga has shown improvement in student motivation, enthusiasm, engagement, responsibility, collaboration and decision-making skills. We have always had a good balance between online learning and pen and paper learning. We fully understand the research supporting the use of writing in the development of the brain and this important skill will not be neglected.
Otonga School currently has a BYMC (Bring Your Managed Chromebook) policy in place as well as a clear e-values learning agreement. The Ministry of Education pays for the chrome license for each child’s device, the school manages the device according to your signed BYMC Agreement. This will establish that chromebooks are used for learning purposes only and ensure the online safety for our students at school and at home.
To support parents, we have contacted Noel Leeming, Harvey Norman and Warehouse Stationery to forward brochures with special deals for chromebooks. We will pass these on as we get them.
Families are able to purchase from anywhere they choose.
Newly purchased devices need to be set up before they can be used at school. Talk to the classroom teacher about the process for this.
In 2020 all chromebooks will be set up at the start of the year - bring your device on the first day of school. A BYMC Agreement form will need to be signed beforehand - these are available from the teacher or downloaded from the button/link below.
You may be eligible to apply to Variety, The Children's Charity to purchase a chromebook for your child in Year 3-6. Follow the button/link below to find out more.