It is the aim of the Technology Department to provide a range of challenging opportunities for students to develop the skills necessary to become lifelong learners and become confident, creative, connected and actively involved members of the community. As the need for employees with ready to use skills grows, so the challenge to prepare our young people to meet those challenges becomes more important.
To achieve this, practical and academic skills are taught to allow students to develop products (technological outcomes) and systems that expand human possibilities by addressing needs and realising opportunities. The range of subjects, within the Technology Department, endeavours to provide students with the options that will best suit them and the programmes are flexible enough to be tailored to meet individual needs.
South Otago High school work closely with Yr7 and 8 junior technology department to ensure that we develop a seamless approach to the Technology curriculum. This approach has created courses that build on students previous success. We work closely with the Ministry of Education and are involved in developing teacher and student resources nationally. See the following sites for curriculum information Curriculum and further info and find out how we work together to ensure the success of our students. Shared Planning – TKI website
Students have an opportunity to experience 3 of the technology subject areas during 8 week modules. Hard materials, Soft materials and Food are offered for students to trial; at the end of the year students can choose to continue with up to 2 technology subject areas.
Options offered are increased to include Hard materials, Soft materials, Food, Digital and Graphics. Each student will study in their chosen area for two terms before deciding whether they want to pursue the subject at the senior level. Each area has a direct link to a senior course and the courses are developed to support students to progress at their own level.
Our NCEA Level 1 courses are targeted at students who want to study towards various career paths. We offer students dual pathway options including both Achievement standards (academic, university approved subjects) and unit standards (meets industry standards). Further information can be found through NZQA using the following link: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/approved-subjects-for-university-entrance/ Every student is offered genuine opportunities to use practical and theoretical understanding to develop the skills needed for today and tomorrow’s workplace. Students must meet the requirements of each level before progression to the next level can take place.
Level 1, 2 & 3 Hospitality (Unit standard):
Our Hospitality courses allow students the opportunity to gain knowledge about the Hospitality Industry and to improve their career options in this field. The course is delivered using Hospitality Service IQ framework and is assessed to ensure that students are meeting industry standards.
Level 1, 2 & 3 Textiles (Achievement standard):
Textiles Technology provides students with an opportunity to work through the technological process. This will include design, problem solving, planning, research, trialling, and evaluation of ideas. These skills are incorporated into a range of projects which include patternmaking and construction which encourage students to explore a range of materials and processes relating to issues within given contexts.
This is a University approved subject and an external NCEA Achievement standard is offered at Levels 1-3 enabling students to gain subject endorsement. The course leads to tertiary study in Fashion and Design, with wider opportunities for employment in related industries, retail and interior design. In addition to this students gain skills to find creative solutions to real life problems.
Level 1, 2 & 3 Design and Visual Communication, DVC (Achievement standard):
Senior Design and Visual Communication courses are offered at NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3, and cover a mixture of design briefs from product and spatial design areas. Design and Visual Communication enables students to apply creativity, logic and knowledge to solving real life problems. Students are encouraged to seek innovative solutions and use design to develop and communicate these solutions in various ways. Design activities include freehand and instrumental drawing, presenting research data and information and constructing conceptual models. The use of computer aided design and 3D modelling may be included in the course. DVC involves an interesting variety of learning experiences relating to a wide range of career opportunities in areas such as design, architecture and engineering.
Level 1, 2 & 3 Building (Unit standard):
All 3 levels are taught using BCITO (Building Construction Industry Training Organisation) unit standards. Units cover the machines, tools and processes required to ensure safe working practices to meet Industry Standards. Students will be required to make a minimum of two practical projects, although up to 4 are possible for committed students. Projects change annually, but will be wood based with appropriate allied materials to ensure high quality outcomes are produced. Students will gain credits from a combination of written assignment and practical work. The Level 3 BCITO (Building Construction Industry Training Organisation) Unit Standards leads directly towards apprenticeship training which is at Level 4. Both Polytechnic and the trades offer the continuation of these papers at Level 4. South Otago High School is a recognised accredited provider for the trades with many students going into the trades after completing these courses. More information about the potential career pathways and apprenticeships can be found on the following website: http://bcito.org.nz/
Level 1, 2 & 3 Design Manufacturing Technology (Achievement standard):
To offer Students the opportunity to learn about, and to improve their knowledge and skills in the field of materials using an engineering focus. Course focus will be to develop designs from conceptulisation through to manufacture. Products will be manufactured using in a range of materials, tools and machinery available. Computer aided design and manufacture will feature strongly to ensure students are aware on modern processing.
Level 1, 2 & 3 Digital Technology (Achievement standard):
Students will learn how to produce digital information, digital media, programming and computer science and be able to apply this to commercially viable documents and digital outcomes. They create web sites using web authoring software, producing digital outcomes such as animated sequences, movies and interactive web components. After learning the basics in level 1 students will be able to choose their own area of interest to develop further understanding. Potential career pathways may include Graphic Design, Website Design or Multi-media production such as animator, movies, cartoonists, special effects. The skills learnt could also be invaluable as they are applied to various business administration positions. Click to see what the ministry of education thinks.
Mr J Douglas – HOD
Mrs S Bennett
Mrs K Wright
Mr M Simpson
Mr O Doherty
Mr G Todd