Two students in Brighton Secondary School Library
2 students in Brighton Secondary School Library

Choosing an iPad for Year 8 2019

Recommended Model: Apple iPad 9.7 Inch Wifi Only (32GB or 128GB)

Suitable Models: iPad Air 2, iPad Pro (all models), iPad (2017, 2018 models)

iPads for year 8 students at Brighton Secondary School need to be updated to the latest operating system released by Apple. These are the current iPad models that are compatible with the apps required for our school. Older iPad models are not able run these apps. Please note that the iPad mini is no longer suitable for use with our software and online tests like NAPLAN.

There is no need for any 3G (cellular) service on the iPads and WiFi only models are preferred. 3G internet incurs an extra ongoing monthly cost and cannot be filtered by the school internet filtering system. 3G is not required for school.


iPads need to be in a protective case as they can be easily damaged. We recommend the STM DUX or Studio case that covers the iPad corners as a base model or any of the drop-proof cases like those from OtterBox or LifeProof.


As the iPad is used for both research and typing assignments, a keyboard will provide students with more screen space and ergonomic comfort when typing. This will be increasingly advantageous as tests like NAPLAN and SACE exams move online. Students will also be developing typing skills in our year 8 ICT Skills Program. Therefore, we strongly recommend the purchase of a keyboard.

Wired or Bluetooth Keyboard?

There are two options available when purchasing keyboards: wired and Bluetooth. Both are acceptable, however, we now recommend a Bluetooth keyboard. In previous years, we have recommend wired keyboards due to concerns about possible Bluetooth connectivity issues, however, this has not been a problem. The wired keyboards are also incompatible with  some testing programs such as NAPLAN as they block the headphone jack.

We encourage you to consider purchasing your iPad, case and keyboard together as most retailers offer discounted package deals.


Headphones will also be required for a range of software programs used across the curriculum as well as online tests such as NAPLAN. Apple headphones are included with all new iPad purchases, however, generic headphones are also available at a small cost from retailers.

Bringing your iPad to School

The iPad needs to be either new or reset to the default setting. This means that if the device has been used previously, the iPad must be reset and updated before being handed on. This will remove old data and settings and make the iPad compatible with our network.

Prior to school commencement, please also ensure the iPad has been set up with an Apple ID and that the following apps have been downloaded:

Apple utility apps:

  • Pages
  • iMovie
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • Garageband

Apps set up at school:

  • Daymap Connect
  • Meraki Systems Manager
  • OwnCloud
  • Brighton Secondary School App

Other apps can be added as they are needed for classes.

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