Technology

Sarah Wirth
Head of Technology 
Textile Technology
Wendy Carroll
Dean Middle School
Food Technology
Jane Hazelton
Associate Dean Middle School
Food Technology
Callie Ballara
Digital Technology /
Gifted & Talented Programme
Paul Khouri
Digital Technology

"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.” Steve Jobs

Change, flexibility of thought, adaptation and innovation are at the heart of technological practice. You will learn through inquiry how society is affected by design and what influences it has upon society. Sustainability of product, design, influence, and innovative and creative thinking sit inside this learning.

Year 7 and 8

Through studying technology, you will develop practical skills and use these to develop innovative solutions, products and systems. In Years 7 and 8, Technology is taught as a block course in three contexts: Food, Textiles and Digital Technologies.

Textiles Technology
In Year 7 Textiles you develop an understanding of how the early Māori adapted to the land, using new materials, gaining skills and expressing their identity. You are taught safe procedures for using the sewing machine and iron, you learn how to use patterns and basic stitching. In Year 8, the course introduces more detailed patterns and basic construction. In textiles you get to be a creative problem solver and showcase your results at the end of year fashion show.

Food Technology
Managing your time, working co-operatively and learning about food safety, hygiene and food preparation are important components of this course. One of your activities is to research, plan and create a healthy breakfast. In Year 8, nutrition is a key aspect of the programme.

Digital Technologies
Digital Technologies teaches students how to be entrepreneurial and creative. In Year 7 you learn how to create simple computer programmes and animations. You also learn typing skills, using an online programme. In Year 8 you have the opportunity to design, plan and programme a computer game, as well as manipulate robots using simple code. You will learn to design and innovate with 3D printing CAD software. In our Waihanga space all students make, build, construct, erect, create, developand generate.

Year 9

Digital Technologies and Robotics (half-year option)
You will explore creative solutions in a number of contexts, using CAD software to design and print 3D objects. You will build on computer programming basics to code games and animations. The robotics component of this course involves physical construction, along with programming and the completing of challenges. The class makes use of our Waihanga space, and the principles of make, build, construct, erect, create, develop and generate.

Digital Animation (half-year option)
Discover and experience the process involved in creating digital animations. Animators working in the industry will talk to you about their experiences, and use online simulators created by Pixar to explore techniques. You will learn how to create storyboards, develop character and plot. Adobe Animate Software will be used as a platform for the creation of a major animation project.

Local Cuisine (half-year option)
You will learn practical processes and technological practice in cheese making, developing café foods, ice cream production and using foods from a local source. We investigate the body’s nutritional requirements and explore ways to meet these by designing and creating tasty, nutritious, snacks and meals, with an emphasis on baked and dairy goods.

International Cuisine (half-year option)
Immerse yourself in foods from around the world. Plenty of hands-on cooking experiences are provided, including pasta making, Asian cookery, speciality breads and global trends in the food industry. You will use safe food practices to make a variety of dishes. You will learn about factors that influence food choices from around the world to help understand the cultural differences and connections to New Zealanders. This is a practical course once you have mastered the routines and food safety requirements, you will design your own food products.

Creative Textiles (half-year option)
Are you up for fun and innovative challenges? Mastering the zip will lead you to the creative world of dresses, skirts, shorts pants and crafty projects. Learn new techniques and skills working with all types of fabrics. You will learn how to read a commercial pattern, photograph your work for portfolios, use different machines and be part of the end-of-year celebration of all things technology. There are also great competitions to enter.

Creating Taonga (half-year option)
Are you interested in creativity, cultures, gift giving and technology? Are you wanting to know more about the meanings of traditional Māori or Pasifika design? Using traditional and modern construction methods, you will create precious pieces. You will learn the skills necessary to turn raw materials into a beautiful finished products, using equipment and techniques such as the laser cutter, 3D printer and weaving. These challenges and fun projects will be displayed at an end-of-year celebration of all things technology.

Year 10

Dress a Girl Around the World (half-year option)
Using the power of sewing, you will address one of the world’s biggest social and sustainability problems by creating a dress for a child in need, out of recycled materials. In a production team you will create hope for girls around the world, whether in Fiji (Homes of Hope), Uganda (Fountain of Peace Foundation) or anywhere in the world where a little girl needs faith or a dress. You will work with sewing action groups based in Wellington, such as St Vinnies Resew and Boomerang Bags.

Fashion Designer (half-year option)
Do you have a unique sense of personal style? Would you like to be more creative? Together we can explore the instincts and skills necessary to turn raw materials into a beautiful finished product. Learn the skills of a fashion designer, create fashion drawings using both a portfolio diary and digital methods. You will be challenged with fun projects which will be modelled at an end-of-year celebration of all things technology.

Web Design and Robotics (half-year option)
Do you like problem-solving? In this course you will learn new concepts, skills and languages while solving fun challenges, applying computational thinking to formulate solutions. You are introduced to the basics of computer coding. This includes hand coding web pages and extending your understanding by creating graphics using HTML and JavaScript code. You will also complete a project using a 3-Dimensional computer environment and programme the robotics using spheros.

Creative Digital Design: Gamer (half-year option)
We will take you through the fundamentals to create your own games and products. Using a project-based approach that involves learning about creating vector graphics, you will work with Adobe Illustrator and svg coding. You will apply this learning, using technology such as the laser cutter, to create your own individual pieces. You will design your own computer game working through stages from designing, identifying the data requirements, implementation and testing.

Foods for Life (half-year option)
Look at how your food choices and eating patterns are influenced by your surroundings and the modern world; learn ways to address these as well as develop health enhancing attitudes to food and nutrition. You will gain the knowledge and confidence to prepare food safely for yourselves and others, especially for allergies or health related issues. You will work towards the National Certificate in Food and Nutrition applying practical skills and theoretical concepts.

Food Product Design (half-year option)
Food Product Design provides plenty of hands-on food preparation in a collaborative environment. You will learn safe food practices to make a variety of dishes. Once mastered, you will design your own food products, to meet a given brief and then use research and survey tools to determine which is the most marketable product. Your product is trialed and modified as required, before a final evaluation is conducted.

Year 11

"The biggest risk is not taking any risk ... In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." Mark Zukerberg

Digital Technologies
Computer programming is becoming fundamental to 21st century literacy. Technological innovation has seen exponential growth of career opportunities in the digital world. In this course, you will work on a mix of standards (both external and internal), focused on web development and the fundamentals of computer programming. You will work with web based languages HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and programme in Python language. You will also complete written reports exploring your own use of operating systems and software.

Textiles Technology
The course covers pattern drafting, finding textile solutions to technological problems, integration of digital design into folio and practical work. Students complete a range of garments, a design portfolio and written reports. You are encouraged to make a full investigation to fulfil the requirements of a brief with a practical solution, using textiles. At this level, you are expected to extend and widen your range of skills as a variety of technological solutions emerge. The Level 1 NCEA course consists of both internal and external assessment.

Home Economics
The course combines Home Economics and Health achievement standards. Assessment is both through practical internally assessed standards and an external examination. The course covers nutrition for a nominated individual, how nutritional information and packaging can influence food choices, food safety and nutritional information and how it influences food choice and wellbeing. You will also learn basic procedures to produce a specified product.

Year 12 and 13 (Option)

Developing a brief to ‘fitness for purpose’, and providing a suitable outcome for your stakeholder is the requirement for the Technological process of planning. Prototyping plays a large part  in this process. Project management tools and economy of time, as well as independent learning, and showing initiative are key factors at this level of learning.

Digital Technologies (Option)
Year 12
You will explore programming concepts in detail, with a focus on functions and arrays using the Python language. Web development extends understanding of CSS and JavaScript and students will explore a more diverse range of design options. You will also complete written reports, exploring information management.

Year 13
The Year 13 course requires you to specialise in a particular area of digital technologies while using the skills of the last few years in programming concepts. You will use Python, CSS, Javascript and extend your web development, exploring a more diverse range of design options. You will have the opportunity to work closely with a real world stakeholder and learn first hand about technology in the workplace.

Home Economics (Option)
Year 12
This course addresses issues around the provision of food for people with specific food needs; explores the relationship between the determinants of health, food choices and wellbeing in New Zealand; examines care provision for a nominated group and evaluates health promoting strategies designed to address a nutritional need. You will also have the opportunity to complete a City and Guilds barista qualification, which holds great value in the casual workforce or hospitality. This carries extra costs.


Year 13
During this course you will explore the effects of globalisation on food choices in New Zealand; learn about a current nutritional issue affecting New Zealand society; discuss the influences of media messages on food choices and strategies for achieving health-enhancing changes. This course is a mix of practical work and theory and is drawn from the Home and Life Sciences and Health curricula.

Textiles Technology (Option)
Year 12
This course requires a technological approach to a project whereby you complete a range of garments or textiles items as well as a design portfolio and written reports. You will undertake a full investigation to fulfil the requirements of a brief with a practical solution, using textiles, extending and widening your range of skills as a variety of technological solutions emerge. You will look at topics such as sustainability in design, tailored jackets, digital fabric printing and pattern drafting.

Year 13
This course focuses on the textile requirements and complex material development for an authentic client. It involves consideration of the wider implications of sustainability in design. Textiles technology requires a technological approach to projects where you will complete a range of textile items, as well as a design portfolio and written reports. You will be able to digitally print fabric, use laser cutting and have access to the latest machines both at school and the Massey University FabLab. Scholarship Technology is offered as part of this this course.
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