Applied Consumer Technology

The Applied Consumer Technology (ACT) Department covers:

Physical Education and Health

Applied Consumer Technology Programme

ACT programs 2017

Materials Technology / Food Technology

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In Materials Technology, students need to engage positively in their learning to enjoy their practical experiences to produce textile products by:
· developing a portfolio of work recording their research, design work and decision-making during technological practice
· acquiring appropriate knowledge and skills in, fashion drawing, basic pattern adaptations, quitting, applied design, garment construction
· developing and executing practical skills with accuracy
· developing effective written and drawing communication skills
· producing quality outcomes that are fit for purpose
· managing time effectively to meet due dates of projects
· using safe codes of practice for using equipment
· becoming a critical and creative thinker
· becoming independent learner
· working in a safe classroom environment

In Year 9 and 10 students are given set contexts in which they can select a need and engage in producing a range of outcomes to address their selected needs. The knowledge and skills learnt in the junior school are carried forward into NCEA Level 1. Students have the opportunity to gain Level 1 credits in Year 10.

Physical Education and Health - Home Economics
Food and Nutrition / Child Care and Health

These subjects are university approved and scholarship is offered
This subject focuses on the well-being of people in their everyday life. This enables students to address more complex challenges related to their well-being and issues related to human development in a modern society. It contributes to empowering students to become active and informed members of society as well as living in caring situations.

Nutrition trends are forever changing and new knowledge is applied by preparing healthy meals that can prevent medical problems in later life, such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Food and Nutrition and Child Care and Health subjects are responsive to change:

· Themes of wellness, global interdependence, human development, and resource management
· Social, economic and environmental challenges and issues are addressed.
· Themes include personal, food and nutrition, management of consumer choices.
· Application of knowledge and skills to relevant and authentic contexts, inclusive of food preparation.
· Understand and promote well-being issues and concerns within the community and wider society.
· Understand and think critically about personal and societal influences that impact on future wellbeing.
· Develop effective evaluative, interpersonal and communication skills.
· Gain awareness of how marketing can influence consumer choice.

It provides a range of knowledge, values and skills to empower students to take personal and social action with respect to food related issues.

Technology Curriculum

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Year 9 Materials Technology (9MTT)

There are three projects in this Year 9 programme. The first project is compulsory as this bag is required to store the student’s work in during the semester.
In the next two projects, the contexts allow students with different technical experience to make choices in what they make. Students work individually and are provided with the guidance to ensure they have successful and positive experiences as they learn new skills.
At this level we focus on working in a safe environment, developing practical skills, learning the performance properties of some materials and using a commercial pattern to enable students to produce quality outcomes within their own budget limitations.

Year 9 Food Technology

Students learn about food safety and hygiene, how to prepare healthy snacks, how to cope with preparing meals in an emergency, and how to bake a range of cookies for a sampler box. They create a package with the relevant nutritional information for this project.

Year 10 Materials Technology (10MTT)

New students are welcome to the subject. Students study three units of work that address different issues giving the students a choice in what they make. The first project is about using the design elements to create a design that is applied to a textile item.
In the second project students audit the contents of their wardrobe to identify what their clothing needs are to meet their lifestyle demands. After consultation with stakeholders a decision is made on what the student will make within their own budget limitations and skill level.
Fashion design is the focus of their third project. Students will design and construct a summer garment or garments that meet the needs of their client.
Emphasis is on developing their knowledge and understanding that will enhance their progress in Year 11. The students will have the opportunity to complete the Achievement Standard 91058, Implement basic procedures using textile material to make a specified outcome.

Year 10 Food Technology

Students learn essential skills for cooking in the kitchen and how to develop food products by applying technological processes. Nutrition basics are taught throughout the course. Students also look at healthy alternatives to take away foods, the cheese making process and developing burgers and cupcakes.

Year 11 Materials Technology

This is a project based course with multiple standards for each project and includes working through a brief, identifying specifications, use drawing, testing and evaluation to refine and communicate ideas, formulating a construction plan, constructing a prototype and a final outcome.
Within the two contexts in Year 11 the students have a wide choice of projects as they select a personal need for clothing or sew for someone else keeping within their own budget limitations.

Year 12 Materials Technology

Couture Sewing
This year builds on the skills learnt in Year 11 as the students need to construct garments with advanced techniques to form special features.
There is no examination at the end of the year.

Year 13 Materials Technology

This subject is university approved and scholarship is offered.
The students have the freedom to select and monitor their own project/s during the year. Different Achievement Standards are used to assess one or more of the stages in developing an outcome. The step up from level 2 is that the student identifies considerations related to fitness for purpose in its broadest sense. A brief is developed to establish a conceptual statement from which design ideas are generated. In terms 3 and 4, an external report is written on what is good design. There is no examination at the end of the year.

Physical Education and Health Curriculum

These courses come under the Home Economics umbrella. They focus on the wellbeing of individuals and society. Each week classes have both theory and practical lessons.

Year 11 Food and Nutrition

Students learn about food safety in the home and community, planning meals to meet the nutritional needs of individuals, how food choices impact on health and well-being, and how to identify factors which influence food choices. They also investigate nutritional information on packaging.

Year 12 Food and Nutrition

This is an achievement standard course with four assessments: two internally assessed and two external examinations. Students learn about food sustainability, attitudes and practices related to nutritional issues, health promoting strategies and the determinants of health.

Year 13 Food and Nutrition

This University Approved achievement standard course is made up of three internal assessments and one external examination. The course covers issues that affect the world, looking at the influence of multinational food corporations on our food choices, ethical decision making around food, and investigating a current nutritional issue in depth. The final assessment analyses the influence of food advertising on well-being.

Childcare and Health

Year 12 Childcare and Health

A combination of industry unit standards and Health curriculum achievement standards. The course is based around key knowledge that is required to successfully care for an infant and young child, both in the home and in an early childhood center.

Year 13 Childcare and Health

All Health curriculum achievement standards and a university approved course, suitable for those who wish to go into health, early childcare or social settings. This subject is university approved and scholarship is offered.


Is a vocational pathway which follows Industry training (Service IQ) practices and is school based with a strong focus on practical skills. These are all Unit Standards.
The programs we offer are:

Year 11 Hospitality

Cookery covers a basic introduction to cookery which includes Hospitality career pathways, meat cookery, Knife handling, Soups and sauces, Baking, Fruit and Vegetables, Eggs and Cheese.

Year 12 Hospitality

Cookery follows on from year 11 hospitality and covers, Food Safety, frying, roasting, knife skills, sandwiches, fruit and vegetables, salads and baking.

Year 13 Hospitality

Cookery is a more advanced level of cookery that involves food being prepared and served to customers in our pop up restaurant. Topics covered include pasta and gnocchi for pasta takeaway meals, baking and pastry for High Tea,demonstrating knowledge of culinary products and terms and Nutritional catering.

Year 12 Food and Beverage Service and Coffee Appreciation

This course covers Restaurant Service skills, how to set up a restaurant area, preparing for and greeting customers, serving customers using tray service for beverages and clearing tables. We also cover a variety of coffee making; plunger, filter and espresso. The course has a theory and practical element to it, we also have a barista working with the students and visit a coffee roastery in Palmerston North.

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