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The head of John Paul College has defended the school’s iPad policy, saying parents were made aware buying from a specified supplier was a condition of enrolment.

A letter was sent by the school to parents of prospective Year 7 and 8 students on November 19 who were yet to purchase an iPad from the school’s chosen supplier Winthrop Technologies.

“If you have purchased an iPad from another supplier or store, your son/daughter will not be permitted to use that iPad at John Paul College,” the letter said. “I hope that your son/daughter does not miss the opportunity of attending John Paul College in 2013.”

Principal Joseph Hoyne said parents were told buying an iPad from the school’s supplier was a condition of their child’s enrolment.

“I think we have been upfront from the very start,” he said.

Mr Hoyne said the school had advertised its policy in a newspaper three times since September 2011 and discussed the purchase of iPads with parents during interviews held between February and September this year.