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Maitland High School

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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.

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.

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

  • Technology Mandatory Years 7-8

  • Food Technology Years 8 -12

  • Industrial Technology Years 7-10 (Metals/Timber/Engineering)

  • Industrial Technology Stage 6 (Timber)

  • Engineering Studies Stage 6

  • Child Studies Stage 5

  • Exploring Early Childhood Stage 6

  • Catering and Events Stage 5

  • Baking with a Twist Stage 5 Extension Course

  • Design It Stage 5 Extension Course

  • Hospitality VET Years 11 – 12 (Certificate II in Hospitality SIT20322)

  • Metals and Engineering VET Year 12 (Certificate I in Manufacturing and Engineering MEM20413)

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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.

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

Technology and Applied Studies Staff

Mrs Donna Howarth (HT TAS):

Ms Sharon Bourne:

Mr Jamie Bryson:

Miss Hannah Creighton:

Mrs Lindy Hall:

Mr James Keith (Year 12 Advisor):

Mr Andrew Kelly:

Mr David Palmer:

Ms Rebecca Peak


Mandatory Technology

During Years 7 and 8, students experience a variety of content areas including:

- Agriculture and Food Technologies
- Digital Technologies
- Engineered Systems and
- Material Technologies.

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. 

You can choose one of the following electives:

·        Baking
·        Engineering and Electronics
·        Fun Fashion
·        Manufacturing Design


Year 9 and 10 Electives

There are many practical, hands-on subjects where students develop basic skills and knowledge about the area of study. Students will undertake research tasks, complete projects using materials associated with that area, develop an understanding about tools, equipment and WHS procedures as well as complete complimentary folio work for their projects.

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Areas offered in TAS are:

·         Child Studies
·         Food Technology
·         Industrial Technology -  Engineering
·         Industrial Technology – Electronics
·         Industrial Technology – Metals
·         Industrial Technology – Timber
·         iSTEM
·         Textiles Technology
·         Catering
·         Baking with a Twist

laser cutter




The TAS students may be able to use the new Laser cutter and/or 3D printer with their projects. Here are some of our students' and teachers' work.

Year 11 and 12 Electives

These senior courses enable students to develop skills and knowledge in the areas of their chosen study

  • Exploring Early Childhood Years 11-12
  • Industrial Technology Stage 6 (Timber)
  • Industrial Technology Stage 6 (Metal)
  • Hospitality VET Years 11 – 12 (Certificate II in Hospitality SIT20322)
  • Construction VET Years 11-12 (Certificate II in Construction Pathways CPC20220)
  • Metals and Engineering VET Years 11-12 (Certificate I in Engineering MEM20413)

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 x 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.