Technology

“I orea te tuatara ka patu ki waho” - A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions."Kei ōu ringaringa te ao" - The world is yours.
“Technology is intervention by design. It uses intellectual and practical resources to create technological outcomes, which expand human possibilities by addressing needs and realising opportunities.” (NZ Curriculum Document)

Junior Courses

Aim of the Courses
Our Junior courses focus on students learning to be designers, whilst developing their technological and digital literacy. Students will develop creativity through the use of design thinking to resolve self-directed briefs with an outcome fit for purpose. Learning to engage with stakeholders or clients, throughout the design process, to ensure that the outcome meets their needs, and considering the environment in which their outcome will be used. Students will develop subject specific practical skills working with a range of materials and tools in our dedicated workshop and kitchen facilities. Students will gain an understanding of computational thinking and developing digital outcomes relevant to their chosen subject areas to prepare them for work in modern day digitally driven careers. Subjects with the Technology Learning Area challenge students in a way unlike any other subject; students work creatively and analytically to identify, trial, develop and evaluate potential solutions, and eventually put their ideas into practice through the production of a prototype.
Future Pathways into Senior Subjects

Senior Courses

At Senior Level we have a range of academic and vocational pathways available to students.

Academic courses focus on a pathway into further study at tertiary level. Students build on their practical skills from Junior Technology courses and take ownership of their design projects identifying an authentic need or opportunity to resolve. Students learn to reflect on wider social, ethical, environmental and cultural considerations when making design decisions about the development of their outcomes allowing them to develop their creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Collaboration with peers, clients, stakeholders, and experts from industry develops their communication and teamwork skills.  

Vocational courses focus on building practical skills and subject specific knowledge, through authentic learning experiences such as learning experiences through industry or further pathway providers off site, competitions, catering for events, food and drink preparation and service in our inhouse cafe. The goal is to prepare students for further training, apprenticeships, or moving into the world of work, in their chosen speciality areas. We work closely with our Careers & Gateway department to support students to transition into their chosen fields of work.