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New technologies and technological systems continually exert an ever-greater influence on our lives today. Design, Technology and Engineering and the study of designed solutions to practical problems has emerged as an absolutely essential part of a comprehensive public education. Technologies represent the real-world application of scientific principles to solve problems and increase our efficiency in the world, as well as our enjoyment of it.
Subjects taught in the Junior school are Architectural & Engineering
Drawing (Years 9 & 10), Design & Technology (Years 7-10),
Information & Software Technology (Robotics) (Year 10) .
Subjects taught for the HSC are Engineering Studies, Software
Design & Development, Information Processes & Technology (Accelerated) and
Design & Technology (Accelerated).
Our courses provide students with exposure to pre-engineering concepts and activities in the areas of architectural
& technical drawing, software design & programming, CAD, computer applications such as power point, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, hydraulics and structural engineering. These experiences are essential for students to form a solid foundation for post-secondary education career choices and University.
Practical projects involve the mediums of Plastic, Wood & Metal and students design
& construct a wide range of projects from Money Boxes & Tool Boxes to Side Tables
& Chess Board Units.
The format of courses encourages students to develop team and individual work habits, problem solving and critical thinking skills, pride in the production of quality product and a sense of creative achievement.
The Industrial Arts Department highlights the Eco Friendliness, minimal impact to the Environment, political
& ethical correctness in the design & production of Students’ projects.
Higher School Certificate Results
The Engineering Studies results were
excellent for the 2012 HSC, and consolidated another good year on the heels of
last year’s exceptional results for Engineering at this school. This year
Engineering Studies had excellent success with Fred Meng placing 1st in
NSW and Chung Ho placing 3rd in the state.
The class, under the guidance of Mr Gifford, achieved 5 Band 6 results
(61.53% of class members) compared with a state average of 8.26%.
The class was very competent and motivated. Students enjoyed the course very
much and this is reflected in the fine results achieved. Most are now studying
Engineering at various universities.
Software Design and Development
The Software Design &
Development Course had another very successful year backing up last year’s best
results in 10 years.
The results achieved in the 2012 HSC, under the guidance of Ms Dam, included
43.17 % of class members achieving Band 6 results compared against a state
average of 5.97 % and 28.97 % of class students received a band 5, compared to a
state average of 17.32%.
Whilst the class was small in size, the results demonstrate high success for
students who study Software Design & Development for their HSC. The current Year
12 cohort is a larger class of eager students well on their way to attaining
another great year in HSC results.