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BYOD Recommendations

As a school we don’t believe that mandating a particular device is necessary, and because individual student needs differ, this can be a complex question to answer. We do, however, suggest you consider carefully the following minimum specifications for a suitable digital device at Pukekohe High School:

  • Standard Intel/AMD processors with 1 Ghz and above , Apple – Standard
  • 128 GB(Windows/Apple) Hard Disk
  • 8Gb RAM
  • Wireless networking capability using 802.11g or n
  • 5 hours of use from one battery charge
  • Windows 10 home (Not in S mode ), Apple Mac OS
  • Large screen (10 inches minimum) enough to work with documents in order to create and edit content
  • The ability to run a web browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer) that will allow it to access Internet and other learning resources
  • Is lightweight, but robust enough to handle daily use
  • Is in a protective carrying case
  • The school will provide an account for Office 365 for all students.  This can be installed on up to five devices and will give access to all MS Office 365 in a web browser or on their device.
  • Given the above guidelines we suggest you consider using a full function Windows laptop
  • For Chromebooks – Intel Celeron Dual Core / Quad-Core above, 1 GHz above, 4Gb RAM, 64 Gb Hard Disk, Wi-Fi, Camera

Important Notes:

  • Chromebooks are compatible with our network, although not ideal for senior high school.
  • Pukekohe High School does not currently provide finance arrangements for devices.  For this reason, local and online suppliers are aware of our recommendations and will help you choose the right device for your student, its use at school and your budget.

Please scroll down for information on:

  • Connecting to the school wifi
  • Accessing apps used by PHS
  • Specialised Apps, Back Up & Printing


News & Events

Homestays Needed for 2024
If you’re interested in hosting international students attending our school during July and August, please contact Lydia Firmin-Cavanagh. Email for more information.

Daily Notices

  • Homestays Needed
    We have groups of international students arriving in July & August who need homestay families. If you are interested in hosting international students, please contact Ms Firmin -
  • Waikato Uni – Scholarship Presentation
    Careers Centre, Wednesday 22nd May, 10:30am.
  • Waikato Uni Open Day – Bus Transport
    Please return your signed permission slips if you have put your name down to attend the Waikato Open Day on Friday 24th May.
  • University of Canterbury Scholarship Presentation
    Careers Centre, Wednesday 5th June 11:30am
  • Gymnastics and tumbling
    Can all experienced gymnasts and tumblers who want to enter the schools competition please send Miss Ashford (Meghan Ashford) a message on Teams and go to the sports office to register your entry. Entries close soon. Competition is 13th June.
  • BOYD: Connecting to School Wifi


    For Chromebooks you will need your own google ID and account to login and access the device. Once you login to the device, then you can access the school apps using the school login and password. Wi-Fi can be accessed by following the steps below:

    1. Click on the Quick Settings Panel at the bottom right of your screen.
    2. Click on “no-network.”
    3. Select – “PHS WIFI”
    4. Set the options below from the drop down menu

    > EAP Method = PEAP

    >Phase 2 authentication = MSCHAPv2

    >CA Certificate = Do no validate

    >Identity = Student ID (just student ID number)

    >Password = (Your Microsoft/KAMAR password)

    >Anonymous Identity – Keep it blank (Don’t enter anything)

    Apple (MacBook) / Windows Laptops (HP/Acer/Lenovo/Dell)

    1. Click on WIFI icon
    2. Select – “PHS WIFI”
    3. Enter your details > Username: Student ID
    4. Password: (Your Microsoft/KAMAR password)

    BYOD: Accessing Apps used by PHS

     Accessing through your Browser

    You can access the Microsoft school applications through your preferred browser – Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.

    1. Go to:
    2. Click on “Sign in”
    3. Enter your school email: (
    4. Enter your password
    5. You will be on the home page of your account with access to all Microsoft school apps. You can click on the required app and use the application.

    Some of the commonly used apps used by the school for class work are within the Microsoft 365 suite of programmes:

    • Teams
    • Outlook
    • Notebooks
    • Powerpoint
    • Excel
    • Word
    • One Drive

    For more information for what each is used for and the icon click Tech Website

    Note: You can individually download these applications and use it on your devices – Mobile / Tablets / laptop. This will give direct access and software will be installed on your device.

    Specialised Apps, Back Up & Printing

    Specialized App (DIT / ARTS)

    Adobe Suite Licenses are automatically assigned to a student when the students opts for the subjects that requires the use of this license. School Labs have the applications pre-installed. Logins for adobe would be same as the school Microsoft/Kamar credentials. You can use these adobe licenses on your BYOD devices if it is able to meet the minimum requirement of that application. Chromebooks and other basic devices won’t be able to cope with the requirements of a few of these heavy resource utilizing application.


    One Drive is the best place to back up your school project files. You can access those files from anywhere through your web browser and school credentials. Make sure you copy and back up files from your device onto one drive for safety reasons. When your tenure with school ends, make sure you back up these files onto your storage (USB / hard drive ) if needed to access in future. Once your tenure ends, your Microsoft account will get deactivated and you will not be able to access any applications or files.


    Students will need to login to a school device to print. Students can print from the Library or in a classroom with teacher supervision. Once logged in,  they automatically have access to printers. The school uses Papercut for print management. Hence all school devices have the papercut app installed and printers are connected.

    The notification below should pop-up when the print command is given. Select the correct printer name – ask your teacher for the accessible printer. If this dialogue box doesn’t  pop up make sure the papercut application is running on the computer. Search bar > Type Papercut and open.


    BYOD for Learning

    With the resurfacing of COVID in our region and changes in
    Alert Levels causing students to continue their learning from home, having a
    reliable device at home to access online learning, remain connected with
    teachers, and receive feedback about their work makes 
    BYOD more essential than

    Click here for a reminder of our BYOD recommendations.