Home Economics is concerned with the wellbeing of students within the context of their personal, family, community and work roles. It provides skills for living and students ‘learn by doing’. They acquire skills using materials in foods and textiles and the knowledge that underpins these, so it can be applied to every day challenges through investigating and problem solving.
The students are required to manage resources, use their initiative and adapt to change. They are required to develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving, allowing them to make informed decisions, communicate effectively and work cooperatively.
Students follow the ‘Design Process’ and are involved in investigating, designing, producing and evaluating their work.
The study of these subjects will give students valuable life skills for the future and hopefully a passion for food/textiles and all they can offer for a career at the end.
Students are introduced to the study of nutrition, basic commodities and their contribution to health and skills in basic food preparation. This is a taster course to ignite their passion for food.
The focus for this unit is to allow students to further enhance their knowledge in nutritional value of foods, looking at the Healthy Eating Pyramid. They will also have the opportunity to explore cooking methods and improve their kitchen skills.
Students are introduced to basic hand sewing skills as well as learning how to use the sewing machine. Small articles and craft items are planned and designed by the students.
Students will continue to build on their food preparation skills and will understand how time has affected our food supply; past, present and the future. They will continue to develop knowledge of nutrition and independence in food preparation skills and will be required to work individually as well as part of a team.
Students continue to build on their skills in using the sewing machine as well as other equipment. Craft items and small clothing articles are designed and made by the students.
The focus of this course is on Café fare, barista and gourmet foods suitable for café service and the study of other cultures and International dishes. Emphasis is placed on both individual and working within small groups to produce a range of foods. Students will also complete tasks within strict time constraints, which are both requirements for future work in the food industry.
Students are introduced to the overlockers and embossing machines and continue to build on their knowledge and use of the sewing machine and interpreting a commercial pattern. Students are able to choose and design clothing articles commensurate with their ability.
Year 11 and 12
Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
Using the commercial kitchen students are trained in:
- Using more specialized equipment
- Produce dishes using basic methods of cookery
- Food presentation
- Receiving, transporting and storing stock in a safe and hygienic manner
- Cleaning and maintaining kitchen premises
- Barista training
Students are also required to complete work placement for 55 hours per semester. This is a valuable subject choice for students who are interested in working in the food industry.
General Food Science & Technology
In this course, students develop their interest and skills through the design, production and management of food related tasks. They develop knowledge of the sensory, physical, production and management of food and apply these in practical situations. Students learn more specialized skills and a higher level of food preparation to enable them to connect with further education, training and employment in areas that include nutrition, health, food and beverage manufacturing, hospitality and retail.
Highlights and Achievements
- Fully operational commercial kitchen and Café
- Two fully equipped cooking rooms
- One fully equipped textiles room
- Master Cooking Challenge
- Year 12 Breakfast
- New banners for the Music department
- Senior school students cater for the following functions:
- Beach, athletics and swimming carnivals
- School Production
- Presentation night
- Small scale functions for staff and outside groups
Aims of the Home Economics Department
- Provide a safe and inclusive class room environment
- Teach students valuable life skills
- Teach students knowledge of the importance of healthy food choices
- Impart a passion for food preparation and the sharing of food
- All students will achieve a Cert 11 and graduate
- All students have access to the latest equipment offered to industry