The Technology Department consists of five subject areas: Design & Visual Communication, Food Technology, Fashion and Textiles, Building & Construction Technology and Digital Technology. These creative and practical subjects encourage students to think imaginatively and push the boundaries of design.
Design and Visual Communication and Building and Construction Courses are available from Years 7-13 with Food Technology, Fashion and Textiles and Digital Technology is offered to junior students.
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. Design and Visual communication is University recognised and credits gained lead towards University Entrance.
Design & Visual communication explores the art of freehand and instrumental drawing specifying in Product and Spatial design, with some students exploring Fashion. 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 to year 9 students
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.
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 10 students with Year 11 Textiles and a year 12 fashion and design being offered to students in 2019.
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, two and three. 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.