Computer Software

For queries regarding downloading a copy of Microsoft Office and installing it on your computer free of charge please click here. Otherwise, please see the following tips below for more information regarding software for your child’s computer.

Q: Apart from Microsoft Office what other software does the school use that we can download and install on our computer to aid with studying at home?

A: The school uses other software applications to teach students aside from Microsoft Office many of which can be downloaded for free however some do require purchasing. Please see below for more details.

Free software

Note: Unless stated (by providing direct links to software downloads) we advise that for full compatibility with computers in school you download the below mentioned software using the links provided on this webpage which is the same as what is currently installed on the school computers.

Adobe Reader

Your child’s teachers may occasionally provide some work or resources either on this website or on Show My Homework that are in PDF format. PDF is a document type that will open on most computers without the need for additional software, but if you need to download a reader follow this link.

Trimble SketchUp

Formally Google SketchUp, this is a software application which is used by the Design Technology faculty to teach students 3D Design using a computer. It is used for a wide range of drawing applications such as civil and mechanical engineering, architectural and interior design. 

Although SketchUp has in recent years shifted from a downloadable program to an online service through a web browser (you can make a free account to use with some limitations) the school still teach using the “offline” application (SketchUp Make 2017, account not needed for free use with limitations but will not restrict your studies from home) which can be downloaded for free from the following:

Microsoft Small Basic

Microsoft Small Basic is a introductory programming language which is used by the ICT faculty to teach students computer programming. You can download a copy of Microsoft Small Basic for your computer for free from the following:

Note: Small Basic is not available for systems running Apple MacOSX. 

Kodu Game Lab

Kodu Game Lab is a programming integrated development environment developed by Microsoft used by the ICT faculty to teach students game development.  Games created can then be exported and played on a Xbox. You can download a copy of Kodu Game Lab for your computer for free from the following:

Note: Kodu Game Lab is not available for systems running Apple MacOSX. 

Python

Python is an advanced computer programming language that is used by the ICT faculty to teach students computer programming. You can download a copy of Python for your computer for free from the following:

AppShed

AppShed is a online website resource which is used by the ICT faculty to help teach students app development. No installation is necessary and works on all platforms through a web browser.

To visit AppShed please click here.

Audacity

Audacity is a free open source audio recording and editing application which is used by the Music and ICT faculties. You can download a copy of Audacity for your computer for free from the following:

WordPress

WordPress is a online platform that is used by the ICT faculty to help teach students website development. No installation is necessary and works on all platforms through a web browser.

To visit WordPress please click here.

MuseScore

MuseScore is an application that is used by the Music faculty to aid with the creation and notation of musical composition. You can download a copy of MuseScore for your computer for free from the following:

Shotcut

Shotcut is a free open source video editing application that is used in school by various facilities when creating video projects. You can download a copy of Shotcut for your computer for free (Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOSX) from the following:

GIMP

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free open source image editor which is an alternative program to Adobe Photoshop. You can download a copy of GIMP for your computer for free (Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOSX) from the following:

Paid for software

Several programs that are used in the school to teach require either a one off fee or subscription to use (some of which may be purchased at a reduced cost as a student). It is possible to access some software that is not free to download and use on your home computer remotely via a terminal server, to learn more about this option please click here.

If it is not possible for you to do this (due to hardware / software limitations) or you would like to purchase some of the paid for software below is some of the software you could buy and links providing more information.

Adobe PhotoShop / Bridge

Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge is image manipulation and photography software that is used by various faculties in the school. It is available for both Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOSX operating systems. To learn more information about these products please click here.

Ableton

Ableton is a digital audio workstation application program which the Music faculty use to teach students how to make music using a computer. It is available for both Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOSX operating systems. To learn more information about Ableton please click here.

Cubase

Cubase is a digital audio workstation application program which the Music faculty use to teach students how to make music and MIDI recording, arranging and editing. It is available for both Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOSX operating systems. To learn more information about Cubase please click here.

Serato

Serato is a vinyl emulation application program that is used by DJ’s to play and record music. It is used by the Music faculty and is available for both Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOSX operating systems. To learn more information about Serato please click here.

2D Design

2D Design is a technical CAM/CAD drawing application that is used by the Design Technology faculty. It is available for Microsoft Windows. To learn more information about 2D Design and how to use it on your home computer please click here to read more information about accessing school software and resources remotely via a terminal server.