Technology

Technology at Sacred Heart College is one of the eight compulsory learning areas included in The New Zealand Curriculum. The Technology curriculum (Levels 1 to 5 and then NCEA Levels 6 to 8) consists of three strands – Technological Practice, the Nature of Technology and Technological Knowledge – and eight achievement objectives fit within those three strands. The aim is that teaching and learning aligns clearly with these three strands and supports the general development of a student’s technological literacy. All three strands work together to set the overall direction for learning in Technology and these are spread equally across all focused technological disciplines such as Digital Media (ICT), Food Technology, Materials and Design and Visual Communication.

Years 7 and 8

The students study a two-year compulsory programme of Technology and rotate twice per year, approximately every 12 weeks. They study Materials and Digital Technology in both Year 7 and Year 8. The students study Food Technology or Design and Visual Communication in either Year 7 or Year 8. The rotations, in no particular order, are:

  • Technology: Materials
  • Technology: Digital Technology
  • Technology: Food Technology or Design and Visual Communication.
Year 9

The students study a single-year compulsory programme of Technology and rotate each term. They study all four areas of Technology listed below. Each area of Technology is assessed against the levels of The New Zealand Curriculum. The rotations, in no particular order, are:

  • Technology: Materials
  • Technology: Digital Technology
  • Technology: Food Technology
  • Technology: Design and Visual Communication.
Year 10

The students can opt for a technological area of study in Year 10. Technology is not compulsory but students can opt for more than one area of Technology if desired. The Year 10 programmes endeavour to:

  • Embed the strands of the Technological curriculum
  • Prepare students for NCEA Technological studies
Years 11 to 13

There are five NCEA pathways in Technology that run from Level 1 to Level 3. These are:

  • Design and Visual Communication (optional scholarship): this is a University Entrance subject
  • Hospitality
  • Digital Media (optional scholarship): this is a University Entrance subject
  • Computer Science (optional scholarship): this is a University Entrance subject
  • Carpentry: trade skills leading to pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programmes.

In addition, we run a multilevel ICT programme and Mechanical Engineering at Level 1.

Technology Department Staff
Mr Chris Edey  Head of Department 
Mrs Tracy Purcell Digital Media, Digital Technology 
Mr Devan Ganess  Computer Science, Digital Technology
Mrs Helen Chadwick          Food Technology, Hospitality 
Ms Natalie Cattell Design and Visual Communication 
Mr Neil Sanders  Materials Technology 
Mrs Andrea Butler Digital Media, Digital Technology