Alstonville High School

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Technology and applied studies

Technological and applied studies (TAS) is mandatory for all students in Year 7 and 8. Students can also select from a range of elective TAS subjects.

In TAS, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through a design and production process using a range of tools, materials and techniques in theory and practical lessons.

The continuum of technology learning is:

  • mandated from Kindergarten to Year 8 through Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory Years 7-8 syllabuses
  • based on students becoming increasingly sophisticated in their ability to apply knowledge, skills and understanding to design and produce solutions
  • optional for student specialisation in high school through a range of syllabuses addressing particular technologies and aspects of design.

Available courses include:

  • Technology Mandatory Years 7-8
  • Agricultural Technology Years 7-10
  • Design and Technology Years 7-10
  • Food Technology Years 7-10
  • Graphics Technology Years 7-10
  • Industrial Technology Years 7-10
  • Information and Software Technology Years 7-10
  • Textiles Technology Years 7-10
  • Agriculture Stage 6
  • Design and Technology Stage 6
  • Engineering Studies Stage 6
  • Food Technology Stage 6
  • Industrial Technology Stage 6
  • Information Processes and Technology Stage 6
  • Software Design and Development Stage 6
  • Textiles and Design Stage 6.

Technological and applied studies

TAS Safety Note to Parents (PDF 97KB)

Industrial arts faculty 

Over many years the industrial arts faculty has become one of the strengths in the school curriculum, both for student results and catering for a wide choice of student needs. The faculty boasts a stable, highly knowledgeable staff working in a relevant and highly supported environment.

Stage 4 work through the Technology Mandatory course where they are challenged to consider design solutions to problems in areas such as Timber, Metal, Graphics, Plastics and Electronics. There is an emphasis on skills building to produce quality solutions. Stage 5 gives the option of electives in Timber, Metal and Multi-Media where their two years culminates in student driven Major Design Projects. Graphics and Design Technology are also good options for those with strong technical drawing, computer graphics and and design qualities.

Stage 6 offers strong choices in Design and Technology, Industrial Technology Timber and Industrial Technology Multi Media. They all have excellent HSC results and an inspirational, expert staff.  All courses offer hands on experiences with up to date equipment in safe exciting environments.

Computing studies faculty 

The faculty has courses across all Stages in the school. Stage 4 offers a standardised Information Communication Technology course where all students cover a range of basic computer skills, readying them for their high school life. 

Stage 5 and 6 subjects offer electives that the students can choose to support their interest in different computing fields. These range from writing programmes to working on hardware technical support.Robotics and Multi-Media are just two areas of high interest. Excellent HSC results have been attained in this area with the help of highly qualified and professional staff.

The school's computing facilities are broad with four computing labs offering over 15 terminals in each, with many laptops scattered throughout the school using a comprehensive and secure local area network. 

The Industrial Arts / Computing Studies Faculty are proud of its student achievement, right from Year 7 through to our HSC students, and we continue to be a model and mentor to other schools in the region.

Home economics faculty

The faculty consists of experienced staff who have developed expertise in specialist areas over the years. The subjects we offer allow students to express themselves, develop their creative ability and provide benefits for both vocational and general life experiences.

We offer four Stage 6 - Years 11 and 12 HSC subjects:
Food Technology, Textiles and Design, Hospitality and Community and Family Studies.

Our faculty is proud to have HSC results consistently above the state average in these subjects.

Excursions are an important part of our senior courses. Recent interesting excursions have included the Byron Bay Cookie Company for Food Technology students, Gold Coast Hotels for Hospitality students and screen printing and fabric manufacturing factories for Textiles and Design students.

Hospitality students in particular have an opportunity to demonstrate their creative practical skills at a number of important catering events on the school calendar.

In Stage 5 for Years 9 and 10 we offer both Food Technology and Textiles Technology. These subjects have remained popular with students over the years. 

In Stage 4 for Years 7 and 8 we offer Mandatory Technology in the areas of Food and Textiles. Students enjoy these subjects because they are new and challenging and the practical projects develop their designing skills

Craig Groves - Head Teacher Industrial Arts / Home Economics / Computing Studies Faculty