Design and Digital Technologies

The teaching philosophy of the Technology and Computing Faculty is to explicitly embed a variety of teaching and learning strategies (e.g. ALARM, Literacy Continuum and ICT) to engage and inspire students to develop skills which are relevant now and transferable to real world, post school situations.

Technology and Computing subjects ensure that all students benefit from learning about and working with traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies that shape the world in which we live.

In creating solutions, as well as responding to the designed world, students will contribute to sustainable patterns of living for themselves and others. This learning area provides opportunities for students to apply practical skills and processes when using technologies and resources to create innovative solutions that meet current and future needs. The Technology and Computing Faculty in 2016 will see the completion of a new Café Classroom and a refurbished Textiles Lab.

Following is an outline of Technology and Computing Faculty subjects on offer each year at Jamison High School:

Stage 4 – Year 7 and 8 Technology (Mandatory)

Higher Order Thinking skills are developed experientially through the Technology (Mandatory) course as students design, make and evaluate a range of products. Students learn about technologies and use a range of materials, tools and techniques to solve problems and create ideas and solutions in response to needs and opportunities.

Technology can be made up of these units:

  • Jeans aren’t Jeans
  • Snack On
  • My Kitchen Rules
  • Management Inc.
  • Lights, Camera , Action

Year 8 to 10 Food Technology

The study of Food Technology provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of food properties, processing, preparation and their interrelationships, nutritional considerations and consumption patterns. It addresses the importance of hygiene and safe working practices and legislation in the production of food. While undertaking Food Technology students also develop skills in time management, team work, multi skilling, communication, special awareness and effective decision making. All these qualities are invaluable to make students real world ready for post school employment.

Students will explore food related issues through a range of practical experiences, allowing them to make informed and appropriate choices with regards to food. Students have the opportunity to listen to a variety of guest speakers and attend an excursion to the Royal Easter Show.

Stage 6 Food Technology

Students will develop knowledge and understanding about the production, processing and consumption of food, the nature of food and human nutrition and an appreciation of the importance of food for health and its impact on society. Skills will be developed in researching, analysing and communicating food issues, food preparation and the design, implementation and evaluation of solutions to food situations. The course involves both theory and practical components which can be made up of taste testing and experimenting and excursions to various food companies.

VET Hospitality- Food and Beverage

Students are given the opportunity to earn their HSC and their Certificate II in Food and Beverage from TAFE. Hospitality gives students practical hands on activities that provide valuable experience in the workforce and running the school based Café. Students participate in work placement gaining essential workplace skills.  Students participate in incursions and professional workshops and demonstrations. Students are an integral part of the whole school catering team and prepare and serve a range of foods and beverages at a number of important school events. Students are given opportunities to attend excursions to a variety of establishments, such as Centre Point Tower.

Year 8 Textiles Technology

Students participate in hands-on project work consisting of small textile items such as textile art pieces and furnishings. They learn skills in hand sewing and machine sewing using the latest textile equipment. Excursions and incursions allow students to see the works of current textile designers in the industry creating an awareness of related career pathways and leisure pursuits.

Year 8 & 10 Textiles Technology

Students participate in project work where they design and create fashion and costume items as well as furnishings and textile art pieces. Students experiment with the latest textile technologies using Pfaff computerised sewing machines and self-threading overlockers to produce unique, quality textile pieces. Students are given the opportunity to attend excursions to see the latest contemporary designer displays and international craft and quilt shows.

Stage 6 – Year 11 & 12 Textiles and Design

Students investigate Textiles Technology using the latest computer – based equipment in our fully equipped textile lab using computerised Pfaff sewing machines, self- threading overlockers etc. Students design and create projects in their area of interest e.g. fashion, furnishings, costumes, textile arts. Students develop an understanding of the textile industry, small business and leisure activities from the emphasis on their project work. Students have the opportunity to participate in excursions to see the latest contemporary textile designer displays.

Year 9/10 Child Studies and Stage 6 Exploring Early Childhood

Students are provided with a variety of guest speakers relating to child care and can participate in hands on activities such as designing learning aids and a child growth and development booklet as well as preparing foods suitable for children. Students are given the opportunity to visit local Children’s Centres, preschools and primary schools in addition to borrowing the computerised Virtual Baby over a weekend to experience real life newborn care and parenthood. Students will develop an understanding of children’s growth and development from pregnancy to school.

Stage 6 Community and Family Studies

Community and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary course drawing upon selected components of family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and students’ general life experiences. This course focuses on developing student’s skills in resource management, effective decision making and problem solving. Students develop an understanding of their relationships and interdependence within their families and other groups. They learn to work cooperatively and to appreciate the importance of effective communication. The HSC course builds upon this by examining how the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities is affected by broader societal influences including sociocultural, economic and political factors. Students engage in a variety of learning activities including excursions, incursions, workshops, team building, guest speakers, role plays and multimedia applications.