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Food Studies, Textiles and Childcare


Technologies enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally. Australia needs enterprising individuals who can make discerning decisions about the development and use of technologies, and who can independently and collaboratively develop solutions to complex challenges and contribute to sustainable patterns of living. Technologies can play an important role in transforming, restoring and sustaining societies and natural, managed and constructed environments.


The practical nature of the Technologies learning area engages students in critical and creative thinking, including understanding interrelationships in systems when solving complex problems.



Technologies aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that, individually and collaboratively, students:
- investigate, design, plan, manage, create and evaluate solutions;
- are creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies, and understand how technologies have developed over time;
- make informed and ethical decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies in the economy, environment and society for a sustainable future;
- engage confidently with and responsibly select and manipulate appropriate technologies − materials, data, systems, components, tools and equipment − when designing and creating solutions;
- critique, analyse and evaluate problems, needs or opportunities to identify and create solutions.



Ms Suanne McGreachan (Head of Department)

Mrs Diana Peeters

Mrs Tina Fitzgerald

Mrs Fiona Hughes

Mrs Karren Waring

Ms Sarah Benaud


Years 7, 8, 9 & 10


Food Studies

The food strand is for students who enjoy learning about the nutrition of food and the methods of preparation, the processing and the sustainability of the food chain. Students will learn lifelong skills in healthy eating and lifestyle skills.


The fashion and textile subjects are for students who enjoy the creativity and design aspects of fashion, as well as learning practical skills in sewing techniques and clothing production techniques. This subject will give students the basic skills to continue in Textiles/Fashion into senior years.

Early Childhood

This subject is for students who may be interested in studying the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care in Years 11 & 12. Students will learn about the development cycle and will also produce a portfolio of activities that may be useful if students go on into the Certificate III.

Years 11 & 12


Certificate II in Hospitality

This certificate is a two year course and comprises of twelve units of competency. Students also have to complete approximately forty hours of industry based work placement which will enable them to gain their Certificate II.
The course prepares students to work in the hospitality industry as wait staff, bar work, front of house positions, reception work and many other positions available in the industry.
Students have to complete twelve online modules and the work placement to be deemed competent.
This certificate is worth four points towards their QCE.

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care

This certificate is a two year course and students must complete eighteen units of competency and at least 200 hours of industry based work placement in either a childcare centre or primary school
Students will study child development, safety, legal and ethical legislation, cultural competence behaviour, provide care, child development and many more.
This course is designed to allow students to complete a Certificate III at school and develop relationships with local childcare centres with the intention of gaining some work at the completion of Year 12. Students can also use their Certificate III to apply for a tertiary ranking to enable them to continue their study at University or TAFE.
Certificate III is worth eight points towards their QCE.


This two year course is designed for students who would like to enter the fashion and design industries. Students need to be prepared to spend time achieving practical design projects. This course will provide an understanding and awareness of the fashion industry from all facets and will introduce students to an industry that is quickly becoming a very lucrative and exciting in Australia and the world.
This course is worth four points towards their QCE.

Home Economics


The Home Economics syllabus requires an inquiry process that facilitates critical and creative thinking in arriving at well-reasoned responses to situations that impact on wellbeing.  The inquiry approach is used in this program and course of study to develop learning experiences and culminates in the assessment instruments based upon issues and design challenges for all units of work.


Students will undertake study in the areas of textiles and fashion, food and nutrition through the lifecycle, sustainable fashion and moving away from home to the next life stage.

Study requirement is HIGH.
Assessment will consist of:
- research reports/essay
- performance and products
- written tests