Technological and applied studies (TAS) is mandatory for all students in Year 7 and 8. Students can also select from a range of elective TAS subjects.
In TAS, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through a design and production process using a range of tools, materials and techniques in theory and practical lessons.
The continuum of technology learning is:
- mandated from Kindergarten to Year 8 through Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory Years 7-8 syllabuses
- based on students becoming increasingly sophisticated in their ability to apply knowledge, skills and understanding to design and produce solutions
- optional for student specialisation in high school through a range of syllabuses addressing particular technologies and aspects of design.
Available courses include:
- Technology Mandatory Years 7-8
- Agricultural Technology Years 7-10
- Design and Technology Years 7-10
- Food Technology Years 7-10
- Graphics Technology Years 7-10
- Industrial Technology Years 7-10
- Information and Software Technology Years 7-10
- Textiles Technology Years 7-10
- Agriculture Stage 6
- Design and Technology Stage 6
- Engineering Studies Stage 6
- Food Technology Stage 6
- Industrial Technology Stage 6
- Information Processes and Technology Stage 6
- Software Design and Development Stage 6
- Textiles and Design Stage 6.
Hospitality commercial cookery
Study of the hospitality vocational education and training (VET) curriculum framework provides opportunities for students to develop skills, knowledge and experience such as teamwork, communication and occupational health and safety that are transferable to other industry areas.
Assessment within the hospitality framework is conducted on an ongoing basis. Students will be assessed formally as well as through observation and participation in the catering of various school functions. Two formal work placements of a total of 70 hours are mandatory for course completion.
Community and family studies
The central aim of community and family studies is to develop in each student an ability to manage resources and take action to support the needs of individuals, groups, families and communities. This is an interdisciplinary course drawing upon components of family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and students' general life experiences. It develops students' knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to decision making, problem solving and management of everyday living.
Community and family studies can have a direct and positive influence on the quality of students' lives both now and in the future.
Students look at the food nutrients and diets optimum for nutrition, the functional properties of food, safe preparation, presentation and storage of food, sensory characteristics of food, the influences on food availability and facts affecting food selection. Practical skills are integrated throughout the course. The higher school certificate course looks at the food industry, food product development and influences on nutrional status of Australians.
Exploring early childhood
This course explores issues within an early childhood context and considers these in relation to the students themselves, their family and thier community. Students develop man awareness and understanding of the growth, development and learning of young children and the importance of the early childhood years. Practical experiences include observations at the local childcare centre and preschool.