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Technological and applied studies

GHS Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) FACULTY

"Design creates culture.  Culture shapes values.  Values determine the future."

Robert L. Peters, designer and author

The TAS faculty offers diversity in skills and courses and is leading the way for the integration of digital and adaptive technologies.

The TAS faulty undertakes project based learning activities in line with industry skills and standards enhancing pathways to employment and further study.

From the NESA website:

Through the study of technology courses, students engage in a diverse range of practical experiences and develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary and advancing technologies.  They develop solutions to identified problems and situations, and explore the impact of technologies on the individual, society and the environment.

 

The TAS faculty here at Gorokan High School aims to provide information and practical experiences which develop in students:

  • an awareness of the influence technology has on people and their environments
  • practical skills based on sound theoretical principles and knowledge
  • the abillity to communicate data, ideas and information in a variety of forms
  • safe work attitudes and practices
  • a sense of purpose, enjoyment and personal satisfaction
  • a capacity to work cooperatively and responsibility
  • the abillity to investigate, evaluate, analyse and solve practical problems

Technology education integrates both procedural and conceptual knowledge based on a holistic view of learning.  Students identify needs that have relevance, apply design theory and use design processes and they encourage flexibility, resourcefulness and imagination in the development, communication and production of quality solutions.  Technologies assume increased importance when they are applied to solved real problems and to create ideas and solutions in response to the needs and opportunities for customers, clients or themselves.  They can be used to add functional, aesthetic and envirnmental value to products.

Students will experience a core of design processes and techological experiences.  In the broader community, the application of this process can involve the consideration of factors relating to organisations, people, environments, sustrainability, appropriateness, materials, machines and equipment, systems, communication infrastructions, social and ethical solutions.

Students will be given opportunities to learn how to function safely in a working environment and in a society driven by rapid technological change, communication and in a global society eill increasingly competitive knowledge-driven economies.


Technologies offered through the TAS department here at Gorokan High School include:


TAS Team:

TAS
  • Mrs Narelle Sheahan (HT TAS)
  • Mr Warren Small (2IC TAS)
  • Ms Helene Jacobs (HT VET,SIL & Transition)
  • Mrs Rebekah Casey - 2 days per week
  • Mr Brian Cumming
  • Mr Ben Drelincourt
  • Mrs Megan Hearne - part time
  • Mr John Limburg
  • Mr Ian McCutcheon
  • Mr Kim Mihaly (specialises in ICT)

We also have wonderful casual teaching staff who will fill short to long periods of time when staff are on leave and we thank you.


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.