TECHNOLOGY

In Technology students develop outcomes in a context that interests them. Technology education allows students to gain practical skills, knowledge, and understanding to thoughtfully live with, critique, and contribute to the technological developments that shape our lives.

Textiles and Fashion - Students explore design ideas and develop them to produce textile products within contexts such as fashion, wearable art, upcycling and accessories.

Food Design and Manufacture - Students design and manufacture food products to meet a brief.

Digital Technology - Media Products focuses on the development of knowledge and skills using a wide range of internet and computing technologies to produce a media outcome.

Design and Visual Communication - Focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in the three-dimensional design contexts of architecture and product design.

Integrated Technology - Gives students the opportunity to explore and learn skills across Food Products, Textile Products and Hard Materials contexts.

LEVEL 1

Design and Visual Communication (DVC): Exploring Design

Have you thought about becoming an architect or interior designer? What about an engineer or product designer?

Or are you a maker who enjoys creating their own products and designs?

Design and Visual Communication allows students to explore their own ideas in design and innovation contexts using the tools of the design process and critical thinking.

Standards are selected to best meet the individual student’s needs and are a combination of internally and externally assessed achievement standards.

Cost and Materials: $30 toward model making, laser cutting and 3D printing materials for manufactured items. Students will also need to purchase specialist stationery.
Entry Requirements: An interest in designing and making
Leads to: Level 2, 3 and Scholarship DVC courses or Level 2 Integrated Technology or Design for Business
Teacher in Charge: Ms J Garbutt

Digital Technology

If you want to learn how your mobile device or computer works on the inside, this course will unlock all of the secrets inside your phone, tablet or laptop. You will learn how your device stores and uses data, photographs and music, and learn how it connects to the internet and keeps you safe online. You will also learn how to create simple programs and how to construct a simple web page for you or someone else. This course is a must for anyone wanting to get into a digital career or simply discover how the internet works.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 2 and 3 Digital Technology
Teacher in Charge: Mr P Hewes

Food Design and Manufacture

Do you love to create food dishes and products?

Do you enjoy working with others in collaborative group situations with a community focus?

Do you have an interest or passion in food or food products that you would like to develop and extend?

Food Design and Manufacture allows students to explore their own ideas in making and designing new products with a class wide focus. The emphasis is on learning and developing processing skills and the practical application of these.

Cost and Materials: $60 for practical ingredients
Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 2 and 3 Food Design and Manufacture or Level 2 Integrated Technology or Design for Business
Teacher in Charge: Mrs N Stewart

Integrated Technology

This course has a practical, hands on focus. Students will have the opportunity to explore and develop skills across three different areas of technology. They will complete practical projects in Food Products, Textile Products and Hard Materials.

Cost and Materials: $60 toward specialist materials for products that will be made and brought home
Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 2 Integrated Technology, trades courses
Teacher in Charge: Mrs J Garbutt

Textiles and Fashion

Learn basic sewing and textile creation skills while also creating something useful. Your projects have the ability to grow with complexity as your skills develop. Come with your ideas, learn new skills, and have some fun creating.

Cost and Materials: Students will need to purchase fabric and materials for garments they make
Entry Requirements: An interest in textiles or fashion design
Leads to: Level 2 and 3 Textiles and Fashion, Level 2 Design for Business
Teacher in Charge: Mrs K Taylor

Digital Media Technology

This is a TWO line course that combines Media Studies and Digital Technology. In a world where technology is constantly changing, our students will learn basic skills in creating a variety of special effects. They will apply these practical and creative skills to both the film-making and editing processes and will create their own mini-film. If you ever thought about being a game designer, film producer or animator, this course will kick start your career and inspire your creative energy. You will develop practical design skills in a variety of industry standard programs and draw inspiration from a huge variety of exciting sources.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 2 Media Studies
Teacher in Charge: Ms K Manning, Mr P Hewes

Design and Visual Communication (DVC): Design and Inspiration

Have you thought about becoming an architect or interior designer? What about an engineer or product designer? 

Are you interested in maker culture or just passionate about being creative?

Level 2 Design and Visual Communication allows students to design and innovate within their chosen specialist context. They will implement their design process to solve problems using a range of critical thinking and visual communication strategies.

Standards are selected to best meet the individual student’s needs, and are a combination of internally and externally assessed achievement standards.

Cost and Materials: $30 toward model making, laser cutting and 3D printing materials for manufactured items. Students will also need to purchase specialist stationery.
Entry Requirements: Level 1 DVC helpful but not essential
Leads to: Level 3 and scholarship DVC courses, it is also a gateway into tertiary design programmes
Teacher in Charge: Ms J Garbutt

Design for Business

This course will take two lines in your timetable. Design for Business combines the Business Studies and the Young Enterprise Scheme with the technological application of product design and development skills. Students will build their business development skills as well as their design and making skills in technology contexts such as product analysis, design, development and manufacturing. Developed products will be marketed and sold as part of the young enterprise scheme competition. Students will gain NCEA Level 2 credits in Business and Technology (DVC & Technology).

Specific skills gained in Design for Business

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing and product surveys
  • The product design and development process
  • Public speaking and communication skills
  • Building your own brand and products
  • Written research and report writing
  • Planning
  • Multi-unit production
  • STEM skills in Design, Product Testing and Evaluation

Cost and Materials: Students will need start up capital for their business venture
Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 3 Business and Technology courses
Teachers in Charge: Ms J Garbutt, Mr S Gardner

Digital Technology

If you want to learn how your mobile device or computer works on the inside, this course will unlock all of the secrets inside your phone, tablet or laptop. You will learn how your device stores and uses data, photographs and music, and learn how it connects to the internet and keeps you safe online. You will also learn how to create simple programs and how to construct a simple web page for you or someone else. This course is a must for anyone wanting to get into a digital career or simply discover how the internet works.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 3 Digital Technology
Teacher in Charge: Mr P Hewes

Food Design and Manufacture

Do you enjoy working creatively with food to create new products?

Do you have a particular area of interest that you can develop or are you just passionate about being creative? Level 2 Food Design and Manufacture allows students to design and innovate within their area of interest with a community focus.

Students will have the opportunity to collaborate on a product and work in a group situation. The emphasis is on extending skills and knowledge gained in Level 1 Food and Manufacture.

Cost and Materials: $60 for practical ingredients
Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Design and Manufacture courses
Teacher in Charge: Mrs N Stewart

Integrated Technology

This course has a practical, hands on focus. Students will have the opportunity to explore and develop their skills across three different areas of technology. They will complete practical assessments in Food Products, Textile Products and Hard Materials.

Cost and Materials: $60 toward specialist materials for products that will be made and brought home
Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Trades courses
Teacher in Charge: Mrs J Garbutt

Textiles and Fashion

This course further develops skills and knowledge for students who are interested in Fashion Design or for those who love to design and sew. More advanced construction skills and development of ideas is the major focus of this course. Thinking, problem solving and managing self are competencies which are key in this subject.

This course contains a combination of internally and externally assessed achievement standards.

Cost and Materials: Students will need to purchase fabric and materials for garments they make
Entry Requirements: Level 1 Textiles and Fashion preferred
Leads to: Level 3 Textiles and Fashion
Teacher in Charge: Mrs K Taylor

Design and Visual Communication (DVC): Design and Innovate

Have you thought about design as a career choice – for example architecture, engineering or industrial design?

Are you passionate about design and creativity? 

Level 3 Design and Visual Communication allows students to design and innovate with projects of their own creation in their chosen specialist context. They will implement ideation strategies to spark their design process, solve problems using critical thinking and use a range of visual communication strategies.

Standards are selected to best meet the individual student’s needs, and are a combination of internally and externally assessed achievement standards.

Cost and Materials: $30 toward model making, laser cutting and 3D printing materials for manufactured items. Students will also need to purchase specialist stationery.
Entry Requirements: Level 2 DVC helpful but not essential
Leads to: This course is a university entrance approved subject, it leads onto a range of specialist tertiary courses (design, architecture, engineering), trades based careers or maker culture entrepreneurial opportunities
Teacher in Charge: Ms J Garbutt

UE Approved

Digital Technology

If you want to learn how your mobile device or computer works on the inside, this course will unlock all of the secrets inside your phone, tablet or laptop. You will learn how your device stores and uses data, photographs and music, and learn how it connects to the internet and keeps you safe online. You will also learn how to create simple programs and how to construct a simple web page for you or someone else. This course is a must for anyone wanting to get into a digital career or simply discover how the internet works.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: This course is a university entrance approved subject, It leads onto a range of tertiary courses
Teacher in Charge: Mrs J Garbutt

UE Approved

Food Design and Manufacture

Do you have a particular area of interest or passion in food and can channel this into organising and producing a complex food product?

This course gives you the opportunity to investigate climate friendly manufacturing options while using local resources and ingredients.

Cost and Materials: $60 for practical ingredients
Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: This course is a university entrance approved subject, it leads onto a range of tertiary courses
Teacher in Charge: Mrs N Stewart

UE Approved

Textiles and Fashion

Challenge social, political, and ethical agendas to create forward-thinking fashion. Develop ideas and construction techniques.

This course contains a combination of internally and externally assessed achievement standards.

Cost and Materials: Students will need to purchase fabric and materials for garments they make
Entry Requirements: Successful completion of Level 2 Textile Products or in consultation with Teacher in charge
Leads to: This course is a university entrance approved subject, it leads onto a range of specialist design based tertiary courses
Teacher in Charge: Mrs K Taylor

UE Approved

Diplomat, Journalist, Policy Analyst, Copywriter, Public Relations Professional, Recruiting Manager, Lawyer, Actor, Director (Film, Television, Radio, Stage), Film and Video Editor, Television Presenter, Translator, Library Assistant, Author, Editor, Journalist, Technical Writer, Teacher, Primary School Teacher, Private Teacher, School Principal, Secondary School Teacher, Teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Tertiary Lecturer, Trainer, Barrister, Court/Legal Clerk, Judge, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Customs/Freight Broker, Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist, Management Consultant, Printer, Geospatial Specialist, Procurement Manager, Auctioneer, Lexicographer, Medical Device Sales Representative, Human Resources Generalist, Publicist, Market Research Analyst