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Home economics


​In year 7 students develop basic practical skills in the production of simple foods at home that can be expanded. Furthering this, the students begin to develop ideas and practices of sustainability through considerations in limiting waste, and minimising costs through own home grown gardens. Through this context students will develop and implement workplace health and safety practices.

In year 8 and 9 students will participate in classes involving cookery and nutrition in the context of design. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of nutrition, safety and hygiene, equipment and its uses, knife skills, kitchen procedures and design principles to plan and prepare a variety of food products.

Student will also participate in classes involving textiles and clothing in the context of design an item of clothing. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of fabric, consumer rights, safety, equipment and its uses, sewing skills, practical textile procedures and design principles to plan and prepare an item of clothing.


Year 10 includes an introduction to the Hospitality Industry. Areas included are occupational health and safety, hygiene, costing, requisition lists (bulk production), portion control, marketing, customer service, time management, and team work. This course will continue with costing, workplans, requisition lists and evaluation for students to work independently. Introducing a focus on menu planning, main meals (slow cookery), knife skills and customer service.

In years 11 and 12 hospitality practices emphasises the food and beverage sector, which includes food and beverage production and service. Through this focus, students develop an understanding of hospitality and the structure, scope and operation of related activities in the food and beverage sector.

Early childhood studies

Year 10 includes an introduction to the field of Early Childhood studies. ‘The Human Life Cycle’ and ‘Families’ are studied as part of a holistic approach to understanding child development. The developmental milestones in relation to physical, intellectual/cognitive and social/emotional development are studied. Baby care and the use of activities to fulfil the needs of the individual child are investigated.

The development of children is further investigated with a focus on toddler/pre-schoolers.  The role of and importance of play are investigated. Speech and language development and the importance of books in the development of literacy skills are explored. Interactive storytelling and activities are developed. Child safety at home and in various situations is researched. The variety of child care facilities in the community is investigated and the advantages and disadvantages of each explored.

In year 11 and 12 Early Childhood studies not give students a formal qualification in childcare it does give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental aspects of the childcare industry. The course also provides students with a strong foundation for further studies in early childhood that may transfer into other areas of community services and education.