Technology

The Technology Department consists of five subject areas:  Design & Visual Communication, Food & Nutrition/Home Economics, Textiles, Building & Construction Technology and Digital Technology. These creative and practical subjects encourage students to think imaginatively and push the boundaries of design.

Courses are available from Years 9-12 with some courses running at Years 7, 8 and 13.

Throughout all technology subjects students will learn and develop an understanding surrounding the design process. Drawing, writing, digital and construction skills are explored across all fields.

Technology is a problem solving subject which allows students to think critically, research and analyse personal and professional design to experiment and explore with different materials, processes and systems used within the design and technology fields.

Senior technology subjects prepare students for a range of different university subjects, or trades based learning. All technology subjects are UE recognised.

 

Design & Visual communication explores the art of freehand and instrumental drawing specifying in Product and Spatial design. Students investigate aesthetic and functional aspects of design, together with researching into the work of professional designers to inform creative ideas. All subjects are NCEA assessed.

         

Food & Nutrition is offered from Year 7-10

Year 7 & 8 Food Technology enables pupils to learn where food comes from, how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically and to apply their knowledge of healthy eating. They will develop practical skills and manage resources along with appropriate planning; working collaboratively and harmoniously in practical tasks, decision making and critical thinking. They will develop confidence to produce and trial products and evaluate their fitness.  All recipes are basic and suitable to be modified and adapted to cooking for family and friends.

 

Senior Home Economics is an achievement standard course that runs under the ‘Home Life Sciences’ umbrella of the New Zealand curriculum. It offers NCEA credits which are literacy based standards.

This course covers concepts which involve the study of hauora, health and well being. Students will learn about issues related to nutrition as well as the impacts and influences of food choices consumers are faced with in everyday life.  Topics surrounding the consumption of food are explored such as societal and interpersonal influences, food related disease and illness, health solutions and strategies, eating patterns and diet considerations, nutritional values and the science of food, culturally and commercially, as well as the cause and effect these outcomes have upon New Zealand communities today.

 

Textiles Technology involves learning basic machine skills and garment construction in order to produce practical outcomes that involve preparation processes, sewing techniques and the use of soft materials. Textiles is currently offered to Year 9 and 10 students with Year 11 Textiles as a future focus.

  

Digital Technology

This course is based on students identifying an issue and producing a solution to real problems, using both theory and practical applications. Students will learn program skills that they will apply to the design and development of a product that meets the individual needs of a stakeholder. They will gain an understanding of technological practice, design theory and operating practices relevant to their work.

 

Building & Construction Technology

Materials Technology is split into two parts:  Junior and Senior.

The National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trade Skills (BCATS) is offered to the senior students at Levels one and two. It is an innovative, practical and multi-disciplinary programme, providing them with the skills and knowledge to springboard into any career in the building and construction industry.