A more important question perhaps, why isn't the school paying for this? Where is the government money that is meant to pay for computers and shit? How is it the end of 2016 and there exists a school with /no/ computers?
IF he's in Queensland;
This was called the "National Secondary School Computer Fund (NSSCF)", called in common speaking terms "Nescafe program". It was ended 2 years ago I believe, leaving schools to fund their own laptops.
The BYO program then came into effect, where students were required to bring their own PC to attend school.
Yes, the school often does buy some 'shared resources' but due to past damage, they're often VERY nervous about lending them.
IF you're aboriginal, you're set! They find top of the line Alienware stuff sometimes.
As for, R-Pi's, the new model 3, is rock solid. It'd be ideal if they wanted office and internet only; However, since they're probably looking at building computer skills, the HP streams are my go-to.
Mainly because students can take them home if needed, and the school can lock them in a safe if they're in a bad area.
Laptops can always have monitors and keyboards.
Wherever you go in life, watch out for Scythe, the tackling IT support guy.
"I don't care what race you are, not one f*cking bit, if you want to be seen as a good people, you go in there and you f*ck up the people who (unofficially) represent you in a negative light!"