Design and Technologies

Yarra Hills Secondary College offers all students a range of subjects within the Design and Technologies key learning area.

This learning area emphasises student engagement through designing, creating, making and evaluating a range of products.

Students are encouraged to investigate, design and produce their own individual and creative projects to set tasks across a wide range of technologies. This results in students designing and creating their own quality products.

Yarra Hills students plan and manage projects from their initial idea stages to their final production. Using a design brief in conjunction with the design process to guide their learning, students investigate and generate of a range of ideas to problem solve through research, experimentation and evaluation. The aim is to develop design technology skills in engineering systems, food, fibre and wood materials, and by using a range of tools and equipment. The students learn in well equipped and purpose built Technology classrooms.

In Year 7, students undertake core studies in Food and Textile subjects, while at Year 8, students further their studies in Design and Technologies by also undertaking material studies in Food and Wood.

The work students undertake in Year 7 & 8 prepares them for later middle school learning. At Year 9 & 10 students choose subjects from an extensive elective program. This program includes the following subjects: Bakers’ Delights, Café Food and Technology, Cake ‘N’ Bake Technology, Food in a Flash, Food Safari and Technology, Food Studies, Hospitality, Systems Engineering, Textile Product Design & Technology along with Wood Product Design & Technology. These Year 9 & 10 subjects prepare our students fully for the VCE subjects of Food Studies, Systems Engineering and Product Design & Technology (Wood & Textile).

Students’ Design and Technologies class work is also displayed at our annual whole school exhibition—the Yarra Hills Community Art Show—in conjunction with community school groups. Food Studies students also assist with the catering and food service of this event. This Yarra Hills Community Art Show helps to recognise student achievement and talent from our secondary college but also from Primary Schools located in the community. Yarra Hills Secondary College is very proud to host this exciting event, which showcases the talent of our emerging student artists, designers, engineers and food studies students from the Yarra Ranges community.