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Technological and applied studies

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 use a range of tools, materials and techniques in the design process and technological experiences through theory and practical lessons. As well as the mandatory study of technology, students can select from a range of elective TAS subjects.

The continuum of technology learning is:

  • based on students becoming increasingly sophisticated in their ability to design and produce solutions for authentic needs and opportunities
  • an option for student specialisation in high school through a range of syllabuses addressing particular technologies and aspects of design.

Available courses include:

  • Agricultural Technology 7-10
  • Design and Technology 7-10
  • Food Technology 7-10
  • Graphics Technology 7-10
  • Industrial Technology 7-10
  • Information and Software Technology 7-10
  • Textiles Technology 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.

Two students working in the kitchen

Technology and Applied Science education is about becoming independent, connecting with others and taking actions towards preferred futures that support individual and family wellbeing.

T.A.S. promotes students' thinking, knowing, investigating, creating, communicating, participating and reflection skills.

The focus of our courses is to incorporate the use of technology through practical application in all subjects. Students participate in a range of activities with hands on experience.

Learning is enhanced through the use of technology, tools, techniques and skills with various materials such as textiles, food, wood and metals. Students have an opportunity to develop and enhance their skills by working with graphics, model making, information communications, media and computer technologies.

Assessments include practical and written tasks as well as portfolio-style documentation, industry studies, project work and examinations.

Technology and Applied Science Staff

Mrs Donna Howarth  (HT)
Miss Hannah Creighton
Mrs Lindy Hall
Mr Andrew Kelly
Mr James Keith
Mr David Palmer

Ms Sharon Bourne
Mr Jamie Bryson
Mrs Joanne Clifford

Faculty Aims/Objectives:

  • develop in students, a passion for learning and an understanding of the significance of becoming a lifelong learner in the 21stcentury.
  • work collaboratively with others to achieve individual and collective goals
  • be productive, creative and confident in the use of technology and understand the impact of technology on society
  • possess the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain a safe and healthy lifestyle
  • understand the work environment and be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to evaluate potential career options and pathways

Mandatory Technology

During Years 7 and 8, students experience a variety of content areas including: Timber, Food, Textiles, Metals and Mixed Materials. Students work practically with these materials developing skills and knowledge, while designing and manufacturing high quality projects that are supported with a portfolio of evidence.

Year 8 Electives

Students have the fantastic opportunity to study an elective for a semester, allowing them to experience an in-depth course that’s of interest to them before subject selections in years 9 and 10. Students gain a deeper understanding of the subject content through practically applying the skills learnt and evaluating the finished product. 

Fun Fashion involves the basic study of knowledge in fibres, yarns, fabrics and the manufacturing and production of textile items. Students will gain experience in textile technology through practical experience and research.

Main Topics Covered:

• Fun Fashion
• Sewing and fabric decoration basics
• Students will study one main area in this semester. This will require a design portfolio and the construction of textile items. The unit will be based on the production of items including shorts, bag and using fabric dyeing techniques to produce an item.

Particular Course Requirements:

• Wearing of sturdy upper leather covered shoes to practical lessons
• Own fabric, patterns (students can share) 

Course Fees: $15

Baking Master Chef allows students to further develop basic skills and knowledge in areas of domestic, commercial and industrial applications of food techniques. Students gain experience through practical ‘hands on’ applications. This course focuses on learning basic baking skills and how to use these skills to form traditional and current trend foods.

Main Topics Covered:

• Cake Baking techniques and processes
• Food Trends
• Food Preparation Techniques

Particular Course Requirements:
• Protective clothing (apron and sturdy upper leather covered shoes)
• Tea towel

Course Fee: $30

Industrial Technology is a practical, hands-on subject where students develop basic skills and knowledge about Electronics. Students learn about basic electronic concepts and build basic electronic gadgets.

Main Topics Covered:

Students will have the opportunity to learn about basic electronic materials and how they work in a simple form. They will learn basic principles of electronics during the production of introductory projects. This may include assembling simple games, testing tools or circuitry toys.
Students will learn how the principles of electronics are applied in these simple projects.

Particular Course Requirements:

• Protective clothing, including sturdy upper leather covered shoes and a dust shirt.
• Project bag (old pillowcase is acceptable). 
• Safety glasses.

Course Fee: $15

Engineering is a practical, hands-on subject where students develop basic skills and knowledge about engineering technologies. Students will learn about basic engineering concepts including how to build CO2 cars.

Main Topics Covered:

Students learn design principles and processes in the manufacture of a Model CO2 Dragster Car. They will design and make the model as well as produce CAD drawings and do 3D modelling using Pro-desktop to meet set criteria.

Particular Course Requirements:
• Protective clothing, including sturdy upper leather covered shoes and a dust shirt.
• Project bag (old pillowcase is acceptable). 
• Safety glasses.

Course Fee: $20

Manufacturing is a practical, hands-on subject where students develop basic skills and knowledge using various building materials. Students are required to develop the project ideas and construct it.

Main Topics Covered:

• Wood - Simple Joint Construction and Surface Finishing Techniques or
• Metal – Sheet metals and machining or
• Plastic- heating bending and finishing

Students will gain experience in the safe use of drill processes, metal & wood lathes, Metal working & woodworking hand tools. Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills using these materials, when they produce two projects during the semester.

Projects that may be produced include: collapsible stool, wooden toys, plastic jewelry, treasure chest, kites or football clock. Students must adhere to safety principles in this course at all times.

Particular Course Requirements:

• Protective clothing, including sturdy upper leather covered shoes and a dust shirt.
• Project bag (old pillowcase is acceptable). 
• Safety glasses.

Course Fees: $20

Year 9 and 10 Electives

Selection of one or more of these electives provides students with a comprehensive base of knowledge in preparation of the HSC and possible apprenticeships in the respective field of study. The courses offer real world learning experiences and equip students with the skills future employers will desire, such as an ability to problem solve, interact with modern technologies and communicate ideas effectively.

Dependent upon the elective chosen students will have the opportunity to engage with CAD modeling and 3D printing, designing and testing prototypes of cars and planes on the Power Anchor, creating meals centered around nutrition, dietary issues, current food trends, and the chance to cater for a range of school functions. Practical projects are relevant and usable with the skills learnt during production applicable to real world situations, such as food photography, step ladders, tool boxes, lathe turning, solar ovens and bedside tables.

Course Description: Child studies involves students learning knowledge, practical skills and an awareness of child care practices. Students will learn about a variety of topics about food, play, child development, safety etc. related to babies and toddlers.

What will students learn about?

• Preparing for parenthood
• Family interactions
• Conception to birth
• Newborn care
• Growth and development
• Play and the developing child
• Health and safety in childhood
• Food and nutrition in childhood
• The diverse needs of children
• Childcare services and career opportunities

What will students learn to do?

Students will learn skills required to: care for infants and young children; understand the stages of child development; the demands of parenting, and the skills and knowledge required when working with small children.

Special Features: Students will gain awareness about the demands of young children, not only through these experiences, but also through the baby-think-it-over simulator doll.

  • Assessment: Typical course assessment tasks over two years include:
  • Theory – research tasks, assignments, tests, design projects.
    Practical – food preparation; textiles (washer, wall hanging, nappy bag, quilt etc.), use of baby-think-it-over – simulator doll. Contributions are required for this.

Additional Requirements:

When students are doing practical components they will need to wear covered upper leather shoes. Students may be required to purchase some fabrics for articles, e.g. child toy. Student’s contribution will cover the cost of nutrition practical lessons, use of the Baby Think It Over Doll and some costs of fabric materials. Students are required to conduct some sewing during this course, whilst constructing play items.

Course Fee: $35

Year 11 and 12 Electives

Senior students can study Engineering, Community and Family Studies, Industrial Technology Timber or Metal, VET Construction, VET Metals and Engineering or VET Hospitality. All courses are delivered by teachers passionate about their respective fields and who strive to see all students achieve their personal best.

All VET subjects contain two, one week blocks of work placement where students have the rare opportunity to actively participate in a real business, giving them first hand insight and experience. Many students are fortunate to gain apprenticeships and part time work as a direct result of these work placements.

Industrial Technology subjects provide an insight into the selected industry and how itoperates within society today. Students have the opportunity in year 12 to manufacture a Major Project of their choice over the three terms. This allows students to engage with their creative side in the design process, showcase the extensive range of skills learnt and produce a high quality product to show future employers.

Hospitality students are renowned for their excellent food service, high quality and ability to efficiently cater for large school and community function resulting in outstanding feedback.