Balcatta SHS

Parent Owned Device (POD)

Parent Owned Device (POD) – Years 7 to 10, 2024

 Balcatta SHS curriculum focuses on the 21st Century Skills required in the workforces of today. As a model for this, we use the ‘6 C’s’ of Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Character and Citizenship. These reflect the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum.

The school recognises the significant role Information Communication and Technology (ICT) has in teaching and learning, instructional practices and curriculum for secondary students. Research highlights the importance of developing the productive, ethical and effective use of technology and digital literacy of young people and the role that experience plays in their future careers. At Balcatta SHS, ICT is integrated into the teaching and learning of the school in meaningful and relevant ways to maximise the holistic development of young people.

School-owned computers are not readily available to all students in every lesson where such a device would serve to maximise learning. For that reason, the school is moving to a program that allows continuous access to a personal device as a significant tool for learning.

What is a Parent Owned Device (POD)?

A POD refers to students bringing a personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning. Balcatta SHS recognises the need to prepare students for a rapidly changing world where technology plays an increasing role in students’ every day lives.

In 2024 Years 7 to 10 students are expected to have a POD to support learning at school and home. To assist parents, we have established a supply relationship with Stott Hoare, who has many years of experience working with WA schools and is approved by the Department of Education to provide a range of services to facilitate school and parent involvement. Our recommended device for 2024 can be viewed and purchased online via their online portal at

Step 1 – Visit and click “Login to Purchase”
Step 2 – Enter school code:  BSHS
Step 3 – Complete verification and then enter your details to create an account
Step 4 – Choose your device and select any add-ons/extras
Step 5 – Review your cart to make sure everything is correct.
Step 6 – Fill in checkout information, choose payment method and submit your order.

For advice, please email Stott Hoare at: or call 9244 0000.

Minimum Requirements

Students are expected to have a device that meets the following minimal requirements:

  • Windows 10/11
  • WiFi
  • Keyboard
  • Touch screen and stylus (essential for Mathematics)
  • In-built camera and microphone
  • Headphone connection
  • Long battery life – to be charged at home
  • Small and robust
  • Fits in normal school bag (not separate from)
  • Takes up minimal space on the student’s desk


  • Protective case that fits within normal school bag; or
  • School bag with protected laptop section The device we have chosen is the Surface Go 3.

This device comes with a detachable keyboard and stylus, pre-configured software and Stott Hoare support services for three (3) years.

Software Applications

There is no need to purchase additional software as Office 365 will be pre-installed. All devices will be custom built for Balcatta SHS.

Parents may choose to purchase a device from any source, however, only devices with the minimum requirements mentioned above will be able to be used in the school. For devices purchased elsewhere, dowload Office 365, free of charge.

Further accessories and Accidental Damage Protection options are available to buy at:

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