Technologies and VET

Overview

Technology provides opportunities for students to respond to design challenges in a diverse range of contexts by "working technologically". Design challenges are situations, problems or tasks that have a technology demand and involve the design and development of new products and new ways of doing things. It combines creative thinking and practical problem solving skills. Within our society the processes of Technology are used to build new knowledge and create the diverse range of products which we use each day. Through Technology these products are constantly updated and refined to meet our changing needs and wants.

The pace of Technology has increased and it is important that students understand the processes by which new technologies are developed and feel capable of participating in the design and development of new and emerging technologies. Technology education provides students with a critical framework through which they can comment upon and critique technological change.

Technology Aims to Support Students to

  • design and develop products in response to needs, wants or opportunities
  • apply technology practice using information, materials and systems
  • consider appropriateness and real world contexts as they initiate, design, use, modify, and reflect on products

Assessment

Assessment is descriptive, graded and based on practical and theory tasks and real life problem solving design challenges. Students work collaboratively or individually to design and develop their own design challenges and to evaluate the effectiveness and appropriateness of their products."

Structure

Year 7 and 8 Introduction

Students undertake a common, integrated, introductory course over two years. Students learn to design, make and appraise by studying Metal, Plastic, Wood, Food and Fibre.

Yr 9 and/or 10 Elective Choices

Photography (including Digital), Design Workshop, Graphic Communication, Food Technology, Textiles and Design and Information Technology

UC High School Kaleen Community Links

  • Relationships with CIT to access additional expertise
  • Links with local trade people and industries to provide authentic learning opportunities for students
  • Volunteers with specific skills assist in a number of school programs

VET Overview

UC High School Kaleen offers 3 VET courses to year 10 students.

Agrifoods

Murnong Farm has been developed along permaculture principles to encourage students to be involved in a sustainable way of life. The animals and plants live in a unique system where they benefit each other, thus minimising the need for machinery and chemicals. The farm is located on approximately three acres divided into zones. The busiest zone is the poultry area closest to the school; the others are the vegetable gardens and orchard, and the grazing animal area. There are five poultry sheds which house Pekin and Swedish Blue ducks and Isa Brown hens. These animals are bred on a yearly basis. The farm has extensive garden beds for vegetable growing and an espalier trellised orchard with ten fruit trees specially selected to produce ripe fruit during the school term. Farm activities are integrated across all learning areas. Students plan, develop and cultivate vegetable gardens as part of their assessment in Agriculture classes. Grazing animals are also kept on the farm and these include a small herd of Boer goats and some Wiltipoll sheep. These animals give birth in the spring which creates great interest with students in the school. Chickens and ducks are hatched from incubated eggs and students monitor the growth and development of the chicks as a major educational project. There is a shade house for plant propagation and these plants have been used in gardens around the school.

Construction

This is a competency based vocational skills course that has been designed for students who are hoping to find employment within the construction industry. Students will be exposed to many of the skills involved with trades such as carpentry, plumbing, bricklaying and concreting. Students are introduced to the key work skills and Work Health and Safety requirements of the trades within the construction industry. Some of the key work skills that are covered are: quality of work, initiative, working with others, time management and following directions and instructions. Year 10 students work toward four competencies that are nationally recognised to go towards a Statement of Attainment in Construction. This unit will also provide an opportunity for students to undertake their White Card and Asbestos Awareness training to prepare them for work experience placements and structured workplace agreements.

Hospitality

This is a competency-based course, which provides students with the opportunity to develop vocational skills and nationally recognised training in food preparation, catering operations and presentation. Students in Year 10 have the opportunity to gain a Certificate 1 in Hospitality. Students learn about health, safety and hygiene procedures in the workplace, food and beverage preparation, and service through catering and espresso coffee service. Students gain industry experience by taking part in Coffee Club once a week and by undertaking a week placement of Structured Work Learning (SWL) in identified hospitality establishments. Students will be required to prepare and serve lunch to staff once a fortnight and on occasion, cater for various school events in school and out of hours.