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School Bytes

School Bytes is a comprehensive school management platform, providing schools with the tools they need to operate smoothly and efficiently. Created using first hand experience from within the education sector, School Bytes focuses on the needs and requirements of Australian schools.

At Newcastle High School, School Bytes is the platform used by students to nominate for their year seven passion project electives, as well as rotational sport. Parents are also able to make online payments via School Bytes.

Online Sport and Passion Project Selection Instructions

Your school is using the School Bytes sport management system to allow you to select and manage your sport choices/preferences online, download relevant permission notes and make online payments for sport.

The steps below outline the process for a student to select their sport choices:

1. Visit the School Bytes website. You will be taken to the School Bytes login page. Click ‘Login with NSW DoE portal’ below the Department logo.

2. The NSW DoE portal page will appear. Enter your DoE portal username & password. This is the same username & password you use to access the internet at school and student email account.

3. From the dropdown menu, select the sport session or passion project you wish to select preferences for, then press ‘Next’.

4. Using the dropdown menus provided, select your choices, then press ‘Save Preferences’. If a sport ior activity s full, you will not be able to select it. The activity will be ‘greyed’ out in the dropdown menu, and will have a label saying ‘FULL’ next to its name. On the right-hand side of the page, the ‘Downloads’ section will list any files uploaded by your sports organiser such as permission and information notes. If enabled, you will also be able to make an online payment for your sport through a secure Westpac payment gateway.

5. Once your selections are completed, and the organiser has finalised the rolls, you will be able to log back into the system using the same steps above and see what sport or passion project you have been allocated to.

Statements of Account - Online Payment Guide

Newcastle High School will be sending student statements of account and payment reminders directly to parents/caregivers via email using a system called School Bytes. These statements include a link to make secure payment online through the Westpac Parent Online Payment (POP) system (Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards accepted).

To make an online payment for your child(ren)'s school contributions, please follow the steps below:

1. You will receive an email from the following email address ( with the subject 'Student Statement of Account' or 'Payment Request'.

2. To make an online credit card payment, click the secure payment button in the email.

3. Once this button is clicked, you will be taken to a webpage on On this page, you will see a list of all currently outstanding items for your child. By default, all items are selected/ticked for payment.

4. If you wish to change the amount you would like to pay for an item, enter the desired amount in the number field under the 'Balance Owing' column. To not pay for a certain item, untick the checkbox in the left-hand column of the table next to the item you wish to remove.

5. Once you have selected what items you wish to pay, enter your name, phone number and email address under 'Payer Details'. This allows the school to identify which parent/caregiver is making the payment. Now, press the 'Next' button to be redirected to a secure Westpac site to finalise your online payment.

6. Once redirected to Westpac, you will see the following screen. Enter your credit card details into the appropriate text fields on this screen. Once completed, press the 'Proceed to Confirmation' button.

7. You will then see a payment summary screen where you can confirm your details. When ready, press the button at the bottom of the page to confirm and make your online payment.

NOTE: To pay for another child in the family, return to the original email you received and click the payment button with the other child's name on it.

The payment button/link located within the email remains active for 12 months. This means that at any point within this time period you can use this link to see what items are currently owing for your family. For information relating to the security and privacy of this service, please refer to the DoE School Bytes webpage.