DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
Technology and Enterprise is comprised of a range of subjects that encompass elements from all other subjects and combine them to help students realise real world solutions.
Technologies Learning Area Design is a core objective throughout and allows students to explore their own creative processes. Using current technology, students control, plan, adapt and build projects and create products that satisfy personal and client needs. Students who are interested in being creative, applying their knowledge, gaining industry skills and pathways to further develop their abilities would most benefit, however all classes cater to individual learning aspirations. Technologies is subdivided into two main subject areas: Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies.
Design and Technologies
Design and Technology enables students to learn real world skills and knowledge, both in traditional and 21st century technologies. This will equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue careers in industry through our P-tech partnerships, apprenticeships, TAFE and university pathways.
Knowledge, understanding and skills involved in the design, development and use of technologies are influenced by and can play a role in enriching and transforming societies and our natural, managed and constructed environments. In an increasingly technological and complex world, it is important to develop knowledge and confidence to critically analyse and creatively respond to design challenges and real world issues.
The Design and Technologies curriculum enables students to become creative and responsive designers. They consider ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors as well as economic, environmental and social impacts of technological change. They choose and use technologies that contributes to a sustainable future, while developing the knowledge, understanding and skills to become discerning decision-makers.
Design and Technologies actively engages students in creating quality designed solutions for identified needs and opportunities across a range of technologies contexts. Students manage projects independently and collaboratively from conception to realization. They apply design and systems thinking and design processes to investigate ideas, generate and refine ideas, plan, produce and evaluate designed solutions. Students develop a sense of pride, satisfaction and enjoyment from their ability to develop innovative designed products, services and environments.
Context for Year 9 and 10 students. In Woodwork, students learn about the properties of wood and the techniques required to work with it to design and produce a variety of different wooden projects. [photos: wooden boxed, trucks, lolly dispensers]
Context for Year 9 and 10 students. In Metalwork, students learn a variety of different skills ranging from handling sheet metal to welding to machining. They apply knowledge on the properties of metals to design and produce a range of different projects. [photos: metal whistle, tool box, signs, plant stands/cd racks]
Materials Design and Technology: Woods
Subject for Year 11 and 12 students. This subject has an emphasis on product design, teaching students to read and create technical drawings, sketching, designing to suit client needs and developing materials lists and procedures for their designs. Students learn to use and care for a variety of tools and machinery when producing their design.
Materials Design and Technology: Metals
Subject for Year 11 and 12 students.
Context for Year 9 and 10 students. Students cover the basic skills of food and nutrition, exploring the use of modern gadgets and comparing processed and home made food, socialising with food and international foods.
Context for Year 9 and 10 students. Students learn to be creative with a sewing machine and overlocker to produce their own designs including cushion covers and bags.
Context for Year 9 and 10 students. Students learn how to care for babies and children, as well as complete practical projects that demonstrate an understanding of the needs of babies and children. Year 10 students take part in the virtual babies program where they get to take home a pretend baby for a weekend. This is a valuable learning experience and provides practical skills for the future.
Children, Family and the Community
Subjects for Year 11 and 12 students. These courses are particularly suited to students who enjoy being with children, wish to have a career in childcare or merely wanting to gain information which may help them as a future parent.
The focus on this unit is me, my family and my community. Students focus on the domains of development and the needs of individuals. They examine the roles, rights and responsibilities of individuals, families and the community. Milestones, nature and nurture, maternal health and neonatal care, uniqueness and diversity, healthy lifestyle and needs and wants are studied in this unit.
The focus for this unit is family uniqueness and caring for others. In this unit students examine the role of families and the relationships between individuals, families and their communities. Students will study the diversity of families, family life, cultural aspects within the family, family history and traditions and individual and family adjustments when in need.
The focus of this unit is looking at ethical issues faced by parents in the 21st century. The students undertake practical projects in groups and create suitable activities for children. The students look at different types of play and the importance of this for children.
1D CFCC The focus of this unit is looking at the developmental needs of children, with students constructing a 3D model of a playground. Students participate in a first aid course run by St Johns Ambulance, with an emphasis on injuries suffered by children. Lastly, the students investigate the roles of childcare centres.
Food Science and Technology (Hospitality) Subjects for Year 11 and 12 students. Do you have a passion for food and cooking for yourself and others? Or do you just enjoy eating? These courses have a hospitality focus which provides a basic introduction to the food industry, leading to employment in such areas as a chef or baker, as well as providing independent cooking skills for the future.
In this unit, students explore ways in which individuals select and use foods and how this is determined by family customs, lifestyle, budget, availability of food and food preparation skills. They learn about the variety and availability of familiar, local foods and use food selection models to determine their place in a balanced diet. They use strategies to identify the cultural values of their peers and the sensory characteristics of food and the impact on their food choices. They study methods of heat transfer and its application in the use of various methods of cooking food to plan and prepare a variety of dishes.
The focus for this unit is food, health and choices. In this unit students learn about a balanced diet and apply nutrition concepts that promote healthy eating. Students learn about healthy and unhealthy foods and classify these accordingly.
They gain knowledge of the nutritional needs of adolescents and determine the personal, physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs and wants to define their eating habits. They study the impact on their own health of dietary decisions that result from their food consumption and lifestyle patterns. The ethics and practices of food manufacturers, retailers and the media on the food choice of the adolescent market are also examined.
In this unit students learn about food as a commodity, investigating where our food comes from and its journey to the plate. Students determine the appropriateness of equipment use as they evaluate products and designs. Safe and hygienic food handling skills and practices are also covered together while working in teams.
The focus in this unit is food for communities. In this unit students select and safely use techniques and equipment when preparing food to meet assessment requirements. Students apply their knowledge of food to understand the causes of lifestyle diseases. Students evaluate group working skills when presenting small scale functions.
Information Technologies encompasses a range of contexts that can be studied individually. These include Computing, CAD Drawing and Computer Science/Applied Information Technology. Year 7 and 8 students will study a mix of the different contexts available to year 9 and 10 students.
Context for Year 9 and 10 students. Students explore different Microsoft products as well as a variety of programming tools to create a variety of digital products. [photos: screenshots and posters]
Applied Information Technology
Subject for Year 11 and 12 students. Students learn skills relating to the use of Microsoft and Adobe products, and apply these skills to design and create websites. Students also learn about website production to suit client needs.
Context for Year 9 and 10 students. Students learn how to read and create 2D and 3D technical drawings using computer drawing software. Drawings created by the students can then be exported to 3D printers and CNC machines to produce objects.