Within Technology the following subjects are offered:


Year 10 Biotechnology

This course offers students the opportunity to use living organisms to make useful products for themselves. In this course we will look at the use of bacteria and fungi in the processes of beer brewing, wine making, cheese and yoghurt making, bread making and antibiotic production.

Students who undertake this course will be required to plan and carry out practical investigations and research modern areas of Biotechnology.


Year 10 Hard Materials Technology

This course offers students the opportunity to design and make products using different technologies. Students work with a variety of materials that may include timber, acrylic, steel, brass, aluminium, leather, pewter, bone, paua, etc.

This course combines the use of the design process and language, along with an emphasis on correct methodology, systems and processes. An emphasis is placed on the correct use of hand tools and selected machinery.

Level 1 Industry Training ‘Tools 4 Work’

This course is an engineering-based, industry standards course. The qualification is designed to be delivered in school workshops using pre-moderated teaching and learning materials and requires practical projects from students. The projects provide students with the opportunity to learn a range of practical engineering skills and techniques. Each of the engineering projects encompasses the tools, material requirements, competency and knowledge outcomes listed in the qualification unit standards and provide a practical and stimulating experience for students.

Level 1 Hard Materials Technology

To be successful in this course students will need to have a sound grasp of the Year 10 Hard Materials Technology programme and have good work habits. This course uses a selection of Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation assessments. The students work through practical projects to gain a wide range of skills and knowledge of processes and the safe use of equipment.

Level 2 Hard Materials Technology

In this course students will learn to solve design problems and work with a wide variety of materials to complete the construction of their projects. Students will learn the importance of meeting deadlines, plan their weekly progress, and develop technical knowledge and communication skills.

Level 3 Hard Materials Technology

This course is an extension of the skills learned at Level 2, plus some new processes. Students will be expected to solve design problems and work with a wide variety of material. This course will be assessed using a range of Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation theory unit standards in conjunction with the mainly hands-on programme.

Level 2 Building

This course is a mainly practical hands-on programme, providing students with the skills and knowledge to springboard into any career in the construction industry. It also builds literacy, numeracy and communication skills.

The course will run for 8 hours per week and will offer the National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills Level 2.


Year 10 Electronics

This course will provide an introduction to electronics. Students will learn about basic electronics and components. Simple circuits will be built on breadboard and tested in various ways allowing students to see how voltage and current drive a circuit. Students will make a take-home project.





Level 1 Graphics

This subject will develop graphic communication skills, it will develop in students the confidence to solve problems through freehand and instrumental drawings, colour rendering, mock-ups and computer graphics. Areas of study include carrying out research for information and inspiration. Students will need to study an influential designer’s work and produce a solution incorporating aspects of the chosen designer’s style. They will also produce an architectural house alteration solution involving the generation, development and refinement of ideas, and the production and evaluation of a final design.

Level 2 Graphics

This course is structured to enable students to extend their understanding and skills in designing to specific needs. This follows on from the Level 1 course, but in more depth and has one architectural project as its focus for the year. The course develops graphic communication skills, from conceptual ideas to evaluation and presentation. Methods of presentation can be air brushing, colour rendering, mock-ups and models, computer graphics, word processing, marketing, just to name a few.

Level 3 Graphics

At this level students will be negotiating fully with a client or clients, including full negotiation with all key stakeholders, eg. material suppliers, product manufacturers for costings on prototypes, etc. A huge emphasis is placed on presentation at this level. Students will need to study how other designers have presented work. Then they decide on the best form of presentation for their clients, eg. would a model best display the ideas or perhaps a computer-generated drawing, etc.


Level 1 Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies at this level is based on level 6 of the Technology Curriculum of the New Zealand Framework and is a full year course.

The three main areas covered are:

Digital Information – presenting information appropriately using word processing, spreadsheets and audio-visual presentations.
Digital Programming and Computer Science – having an understanding of how computers work and applying this knowledge to creating programmes and games.
Digital Media – being able to use digital tools and techniques appropriate to the medium to create and publish a quality media project. eg. creating movies and music.

Level 2 Digital Technologies

This course builds on from the Level 1 Digital Technologies course and has the expectation that students already have a high level of computer literacy and design. This course enables students to achieve credits towards NCEA Level 2 using Achievement and Unit standards. To allow some flexibility, there is one module where students may choose what area of Digital Technology they would like to pursue.

This course encompasses the following Digital Technology strands:

Digital Information’s focus is the use of digital technologies to support everyday life. Students will demonstrate the application of digital tools or the management and presentation of information using word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentations.
Digital Media covers a number of different areas of knowledge such as, web design, interactive media, animation and graphic design. Students would follow their interest and select one media area and produce solutions that communicate effectively through that media.
Digital Programming and Computer Science covers programming and computer science topics of data representation and human-computer interfaces. Students will use programming skills to solve a problem and to develop and refine a solution.

Level 3 Digital Technologies

Students with a background in Digital Technologies through to university level are sought-after by employers. This course is designed to allow students a freedom of choice in the area of Digital Technology they are interested in. This course builds on from the Level 2 units and helps develop the Level 3 core skills. Students select their course, in consultation with the teacher, from NCEA Level 3 Standards.

The Level 3 units all come from the perspective of the student working with a client. They not only learn more advanced skills in the particular software they are using, but they must work with a client (stakeholder) to come up with a solution/outcome to meet the client’s requests. Students would be expected to create their own images, take and manipulate their own photographs and film their own movies to use in their work.

Possible choices for specialisation are:

Digital Information – Relational database used with spreadsheets and word processing
Digital Media – Web data management and protection or animation
Digital Programming and Computer Science – Software development
Digital Information Management – Information systems


Year 10 Food Technology

This course offers students the opportunity to develop their practical skills in the food laboratory, using food as a material to explore the role of ingredients and the chemistry between them. The students will then be given the opportunity to use the design process to produce outcomes for a target market. Storage, packaging and marketing of the outcome are considered.

Level 1 Hospitality & Catering

This course is designed as an introduction to working in a commercial kitchen environment. The programme will provide students with professional training in catering. It is structured so that students learn practical skills and theory, along with knowledge of kitchen supervision and management and develop a finer understanding of culinary theory. Our approach in this subject is for students to be learning by planning, watching, practising and executing cookery in the commercial environment. We combine the classroom training with live operational kitchens and real customers as often as possible.
The work in this course is covered in three major units:
Unit 1: Commercial Cookery
Unit 2: Self Service
Unit 3: Café Culture.

Level 2 Hospitality & Catering

This course is for students who are passionate about working in the Hospitality Industry. Training will be for eight hours per week on site. Catering for our community is a requirement in this course. Students will be expected to work front of house for six themed cafés in term 2 and a small number of evening events during the course of the year. In term 3 students will attend the Year 9 camp as the cooks.

Pre-employment training is not only necessary; it is essential if students are serious about entering this industry through Polytechnics or Modern Apprenticeships. Industry visits include the National Food Show and the Bidvest Food Show.

Successful completion of this course will see students awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Food and Beverage (L2) Certificate of Achievement in Cookery (L2) and a Certificate in Coffee Appreciation (L2).

This course also complements other programmes, such as Gateway, students doing work experience and students who have part time jobs in the industry.

Level 3 Hospitality & Catering

This is an opportunity to work at Level 3 in an industry-based course.  This course will ideally suit students looking for future employment opportunities in the Hospitality industry. It is expected that some of the students who choose this subject will be Gateway students and therefore have access to work placements and employment opportunities.

Emphasis in the first term is on baking techniques, food presentation, safety and hygiene in the kitchen. To complement these subjects a research project on food contamination will be simultaneously run.

Six themed cafés will be run in term 2; where students will learn to work in a café environment with realistic time pressures, innovative food and real customers. Learning to use the language and tools of the trade, these cafés have been well received by students, staff and customers alike. Supplementary to the café, a research project on culinary products and terms will be available. Students will also have the exciting opportunity to attend the National Food Show.

Term 3 will see the students catering for sports exchanges, school camp and (subject to available spaces) possibly going to the Year 9 school camps as the cooks. This is a term for consolidating work. Students have the option of choosing between two research projects, coffee origin or basic nutrition in commercial catering. Our industry visit will be the Bidvest Food Service Show.

Catering for our community is a requirement, and students will be expected to work a small number of evening events during the course of the year.



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