The use of Information and Communication Technology is an essential and powerful skill in our world.

Penola Catholic College is committed to ongoing development of students academically, socially and emotionally and is aware of the importance of seamless integration of Information and Communication Technology within our students’ education. Our focus is on building capacity and extending the skills of our students to actively participate in the world beyond school. Our students already have knowledge of computer operations at their fingertips, but it is important to teach students to use ICT in innovative and creative ways that will enhance their learning and to engage in Higher Order Thinking through the use of ICT to potentially transform their learning. 

Our Stage 4 and 5 students utilise their device and their interconnected Apps to be able to investigate, create and evaluate in all subject areas. Stage 6 students expand their subject knowledge and skills beyond the classroom with the aid of their laptop device.

It is an exciting opportunity for our students to become increasingly skilled at using a range of technology to access and present information, to problem solve and to work collaboratively.

As a prerequisite to using devices on the College's network, students and parents must sign the our Technology and Network Agreement and return it to their child's homeroom teacher.

Parent & Student Technology and Network Agreement

As part of the Diocese of Parramatta, Penola uses Microsoft Intune to connect student devices to the Internet. Please note that Intune monitors inventory, software distribution, setting and security management, license management and usage management.

This does not compromise the privacy of the user at school or home.

Students will bring their devices to the library, where the ICT Help Desk is located, at which point network enrolment can begin. 

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Our Recommended Devices For New Students

It is compulsory for these students to have a laptop device to assist them to achieve their educational goals.

The following checklist will assist you in selecting a recommended device that can last the duration of your student’s enrolment:


  • The laptop supports the Windows 10 or MacOS 11 Operating Systems.
  • The laptop has Wi-Fi connectivity and a minimum 6 hour battery life.
  • The laptop contains at least 8GB of RAM and a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or Solid State Drive (SDD) with 128GB storage capacity.
  • The laptop has a built-in camera and microphone and at least a screen size of 13″.
  • The laptop’s casing, keys, hinges and carry case are tough and sturdy. It is also light enough for your child to carry each day.
  • You may wish to explore extending the laptop’s warranty to potentially reduce future repair costs that may arise. 
  • Please note that all students are able to access and download Microsoft Office 365 for free using their unique network credentials. 

Students joining the College will be provided with their CEDP account information on their first day, and will be guided through the enrolment process as well as how to use a variety of learning tools and applications on their device. New students from other schools within the Diocese of Parramatta will already have an account and can enrol immediately.

Not Supported Devices

  • All versions of iPads are no longer supported for our new students. The latest versions of iPads are no longer durable, cost effective and supportive of the educational objectives of the College.
  • 4G or 5G models are also not supported due to potential security concerns.
  • Android Devices are not supported on our network.
  • Google Chromebooks are not supported as they require an additional purchase of a Management License.

Purchase Options

Our families are free to purchase their devices from any provider as long as they meet our device requirements. However, Apple in partnership with the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta offer a range of discounted devices available for our families to purchase. More information can be found by visiting the Apple Purchase Portal for Catholic Schools Parramatta.

Our Canvas Courses and Google Classes

In 2022, Penola Catholic College will be transitioning from Google Classroom to the Canvas Learning Management System. At the start of 2022 our Year 7, Year 10 Early Commencement and Year 11 students and staff will utilise the interconnected features of the Canvas Learning Management System instead of Google Classroom. Years 8, 9 and 10 will transition to the Canvas platform throughout the year. Our Year 12 2022 cohort will complete their HSC studies using their Google Classroom courses.


By adopting this new platform, we will be better served in attending to your child’s learning needs across our blended learning environment. Canvas will provide a coherent and holistic overview of student performance across all of their courses instead of isolated Google Classes. This insight and analytical data will help our students, teachers, school leaders and our parents to see learning progress across all subjects.

Canvas and Google Classroom streamlines assignments, boosts collaboration, and fosters seamless communication to make teaching more productive and meaningful.
With Canvas and Google Classroom, teachers at Penola Catholic College can create classes, distribute assessment tasks, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Our Canvas Courses and Google Classrooms belong to our teachers, students and parents of the Penola Catholic College community.


Digital Textbooks

Years 7 to 10 use the JacarandaPLUS Digital Textbooks to assist their learning journey at Penola Catholic College.

Students are provided with unique logins to their JacarandaPLUS Bookshelf that contains a wider range of digital resources for all subjects studied. Students can access all available digital formats for your textbook in one place, switch between online and interactive formats and download a PDF copy of each textbook available. Students are able to use all the resources available on their Bookshelf and are encouraged to independently explore the provided Literacy and Numeracy guides.

The cost of the JacarandaPLUS Digital Textbook Bundle is included within our school fees.

Years 11 and 12 - please refer to the Booklists found on our School Notes page for our textbook requirements for each course.