Technology is anything that is created by humans, and makes life easier in some way or solves a problem.
Technology at Sacred Heart College provides students with rich and varied learning experiences in the areas of Home Economics, Design and Visual Communication, and Materials Technology, to problem solve through practical activities.
In Home Economics students develop an understanding of the factors that influence the well-being of individuals and families within the home and community and of the actions people take to enhance and sustain those environments. Students evaluate current issues of nutrition and use this knowledge to make informed choices. They learn how critical and reflective thinking about current social issues contributes to informed choices about food and nutrition and enables optimum health.
Through the process of selecting, preparing, cooking and serving food, students develop their creativity and experience a sense of accomplishment. At the same time they develop skills that contribute to their well-being. Food technology focusses on developing knowledge and skills about the use of ingredients to process, preserve, pack and store products.
Home Economics creates vocational and learning pathways for future nutritionists, dietitians, policy advisors, early childhood educators, home economics teachers, health practitioners, food technologists, food writers, food stylists, researchers, food product developers, chefs, hotel management and sport nutritionists.
Graphics and design students have the opportunity to gain credits by exploring ideas through design practice. Drawing, including freehand and technical drawing and the use of computer graphics packages are essential tools to depict and clarify students' ideas and proposed solutions.
Through design-based activities students develop reasoning and decision making skills, explore what it means to be a designer, understanding social and human needs, recognise their own and others’ values, investigate historical perspectives, examine issues of sustainability, use all kinds of new technologies to communicate their ideas effectively and above all, enjoy learning.
Materials Technology is offered at every year level. Students develop their creativity and problem solving skills in a practical environment with a focus on carefully planned and well-designed products using soft materials.
Senior courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity to work with a client and construct a wide range of products using soft materials for both themselves and others, including charity groups.
Through engagement in Materials Technology, students are encouraged to develop effective communication and time management skills, the ability to work both independently and as a member of a group to create quality practical outcomes and have the opportunity to enjoy their experiences in this subject.