The Department of Technology and Applied Studies offersDigital Technologies, Home Economics, Materials Design and Technology to all year levels and VET subjects for Years 9 and 10. In Year 7 students are presented with these subjects as an essential elective to give them a basic introduction. Through this experience they can make an informed judgment as to whether to pursue one or more of the Technology and Applied Studies classes in Years 8, 9 and 10.
The experiences inherent in design and problemsolving in the use of technologies can be applied across the curriculum.
This subject provides Year 7 students with foundational knowledge in the area of Digital Technologies. In Year 8 Digital Technologies is offered as an elective. Students further develop skills they have gained in Year 7 along with learning new skills in programming through game–making, image manipulation and robotics.
Students can enrol in Information Technology subjects in either in Years 9 or 10. They will have the opportunity to further their skills in the particular areas of interest such as digital information systems, 3D printing, desktop publishing, image manipulation, multimedia, programming and robotics. Students can also enrol in Robotics & Game Making to focus on developing programming and problem solving skills
In Years 7 and 8 Home Economics students are introduced to the kitchen and given some basic cooking experiences. An introduction to textiles is also provided. Students who select Food Studies in Years 9 and 10 further expand their knowledge through the preparation of more extensive recipes. Nutrition and diet constitute a considerable part of the course. Advanced Food Studies is recommended as preparation for students considering a career in Hospitality
Materials, Design and Technology is largely practical in nature with a theory component. These courses encourage students to develop an understanding of the design process by producing a variety of items using different materials and technologies. By progressing through the course and looking at design principles and participating in increasingly challenging design opportunities, students gain a sound understanding of design history and its relevance to contemporary design. Students also gain an appreciation of vocational opportunities. Students wishing to enrol in VET will be given the opportunity to do this early in the year.