Information Technology Update – March 9, 2017

March 8, 2017

Microsoft Office for home for free!

As part of the College’s membership to Office 365, all students are allowed to download the Microsoft Office suite for free on up to five home computers. This can be done quite easily by following the instructions on the iPad Parent Support page here:

The important thing to remember that when the Office suite has been downloaded that the student logs in to the application and registers their ST Patrick’s College email and password to authenticate the download. After this has been done, the Office applications can be used by anyone. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

Parent Cyber Safety Resources

As a parent I am always on the lookout for any tips and advice from experts on how to support my children in the best use of technology. In the 21st Century we are in a very different world to the one we grew up in and our children’s use of technology is often one of the key concerns many parents have. I have listed a number of good resources on the iPad Parent Support website that can be of use to parents and you can check these out here:

I would like to highlight some excellent resources put together by the Australian Government on their eSafety Commisioner’s website which includes advice for parents on ways to manage their childre’s devices and these can be found here:

Can you see your son’s diary? – App4 Parent Login

App4 is the official College diary and is used by teachers and students across the different year levels. You are able to access your son’s diary online to see homework and information from his teachers in a couple few ways:

To login to view your son’s diary you will need to create a password or access code. Instructions on how to do this and other instruction manuals on App4 can be found on the ICT Devices Parent Support website here:

Please note, the Parent or Student ID is your son’s 5 character St Patrick’s Student ID. The school identifier is -‘stpats’:

App4 Parent Login:

  • Parent or Student ID: Your son’s St Patrick’s 5 character student ID #####

  • School Identifier: stpats

  • Pasword or Access Code: password

If you have any problems accessing your son’s diary please don’t hesitate to contact me on

Neoprene Sleeves distributed Friday 3rd February

On Friday 3rd of February nearly 100 students received neoprene sleeves they had ordered online from CompNow after a delay in supply. However, it has been noted by CompNow that in fact these sleeves are slightly smaller than required to fit the iPad comfortably. CompNow have acknowledged the problem with the sleeve and have pursued this with their supplier. CompNow have agreed to replace the incorrect sized neoprene sleeves and have now come up with a replacement sleeve that has met with the College’s approval. However, the sleeves the College have decided on do need to be manufactured so supply time of the 100 odd sleeves is likely to see them delivered to the College in early Term 2. I will notify parents and students as soon as the replacement sleeves arrive at the College.

Mark Holland

Director of ICT