Unsupported Devices

The following Operating systems are not supported by Highfields State Secondary College:

Windows 10 S - Mac OSX - ChromeOS - Android - iOS

Surface Laptop

This device is supported, however, it is only supported if it is upgraded to Windows 10 Pro (which comes at an additional cost after purchase from a vendor). If this device is not updated to Windows 10 Pro, it cannot be enrolled onto our school network.

Surface laptop comes with a version of 'Windows 10 S', click here to read more.

iPADs and Android Tablets

Tablets can be purchased as supplementary devices, but should not be purchased as a primary BYO device, devices like the iPad and Android device are not suitable educational devices. They provide inferior functionality for typing large documents, running school based software packages such as Adobe Photoshop, AutoDesk Inventor, Visual Studio etc.

Apple Macbooks

Apple products are not officially supported by the school due to the Microsoft ecosystem we offer and the technical support we provide students is with Microsoft ecosystem trained staff. If in the event you purchase a Macbook, some products that teachers and subjects use for lesson delivery (e.g. Visual Studio, AutoDesk) may not be supported by a Macbook. If in the event you are adamant that and you wish to purchase a Macbook, they can be enrolled onto our network, but we will not provide technical assistance/support for students with these devices.

Apple offer educational discount available at: https://www.apple.com/au-hed/shop

Google Chromebooks

Various manufacturers produce products known as Chromebooks. This is a Google enclosed ecosystem that does not support our Microsoft operated environment. These devices should not be purchased for school use as they are reliant on cloud services to operate which are blocked by Education Queensland filters.

Please be aware, we will not allow Chromebook products onto our network.