Kia Ora to parents, caregivers and our students,
Welcome to the Technology Faculty interactive learning and information pages, the online portal to technology teachers, classroom peers and course materials. In here you will receive guidance towards successful learning in your Technology courses.
The Technology Faculty is situated in a modern two-storey building at the very front of the school showing the school’s commitment to Technology education. Our teachers are highly qualified and specialised in their areas of expertise in industry, prior to teaching. As such we are constantly looking at new ways to provide realistic technological experiences to all of our students based upon the needs of local business and industry. For this very reason our planning and engagement in the use of emergent technologies is of the utmost consideration, for example purchase of a laser cutter in 2012 accessible across all levels, and continued upgrades of digital technologies and processes, to enhance the curriculum.
Technology and success pathways
The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) describes Technology learning as purposeful design and development of products and systems towards outcomes through the use of critical thinking and practice to make an impact on our world.
This definition describes a broad range of careers and tertiary training from pre-apprenticeship right through to the higher levels of University education. Our courses that link with industry training are called Secondary Tertiary Resource Alignment or STAR courses, which allow you to gain tertiary level credits, or you might choose other qualifications such as NCEA with University approved standards, or Cambridge. Our NCEA and Cambridge courses also support students in obtaining important literacy and numeracy credits.
During course selection you may choose more than one Technology area across STAR, NCEA or Cambridge, the choices at Level one (Year 11) are yours for the making. Talk to your teachers regularly and be thinking about what you might like to do when you leave school and set goals for yourself. Including our junior students, it is never too early to be thinking about careers while enjoying the opportunity to sample Technology at Year 9 and Year 10. Aim for the highest performance outcomes as possible in your junior assessment. Often this helps to make better decisions about the Technology areas you wish to study at Level one, two and three towards the types of courses or jobs you eventually wish to apply for. For your selection we offer the following:
Year 9 and 10
We encourage you to save these pages to your favourites for quick and easy access and we enjoy the opportunity to work with you towards success. Parents and Caregivers are invited to make contact with us anytime in relation to course advice, or any feedback on your child or ward’s progress.
Mr J. F. Wilson.
Director of Technology.
STAR · Automotive to level 2
Carpentry to level three
NB. The above courses play a significant role in preparing and establishing our students in the very successful GATEWAY programme.
NB. All of the above NCEA courses go through to Level three and most provide support to literacy and numeracy requirements.