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At Te Kauwhata College we offer the opportunity to study as many aspects of Technology as we possibly can, enabling the students to be prepared for whichever career pathway they chose in life.
In Year 7 & 8
The students get a 1 term taster of Materials Technology where we teach them the skills and knowledge of how to create a project form multiple materials. Food technology where the students are taught safe food handling and how to prepare simple foods. Digital Technology we incorporate basic Word and Presentation tools along with some experience in Robotics, Coding & Animation.
In years 9 & 10
We do semester courses where the students will change options and cover 2 of the Technology areas a year. In Materials Technology we build on the knowledge gained from previous years and potentially gain L1 NCEA credits from Y10 on.
We teach the students through more involved projects that require learning the safe use of larger machinery, in both engineering and wood working. For Food technology the students get to enhance their skills & knowledge of the best practice in food preparation & presentation with more involved tasks.
Digital Technology offers the students opportunity to work towards NCEA credits across a range of areas which can connect across the school through other curriculum areas. Within Design and Visual Communication (DVC) students are taught the design process and through a range of sketching, instrumental drawing and digital drawing methods are asked to devise a project to meet a need for a possible client. This can lead onto careers in product design, architecture, fashion design, web design, gaming etc.
Do I need shoes in the workshop?
Yes, this is a Health & Safety requirement as there are heavy tools, sharp material, and machinery which may cause injury.
Do I need to pay for the materials I use?
No this cost is covered in the funding we get from the Government.
Where will Technology classes lead me in the future?
Technology subjects can lead into many different career pathways, not only the traditional Trades areas, but into Farming, Academic Engineering at university level, Architecture, Digital engineering, Food Technologists and so many more.
What type of assessments do we do in Technology?
We use both NCEA Achievement Standards and Trade based Unit Standards as our assessment tools.
- NCEA Achievement Standards will give the students the chance of attaining Achieved, Merit or Excellence grades and can lead onto further study at University. These are designed to develop problem solving and questioning skills.
- Trade Based Unit Standards will allow the students to gain credits at achieved level only and these are designed to lead into further study at Technical institutes or to go directly into apprenticeships. These are designed to teach specific skills and Knowledge required for the trades areas.