Technology provides technological literacy essential for informed participation in today’s world, it also provides skills useful in a variety of tertiary courses and paves the way to exciting career opportunities. This department focuses on the areas of Technology, which are as follows:

Hospitality and Catering

Level 1 & Level 2 – Hospitality Standards institute (HSI) Unit Standard through Service IQ (provider)

The Hospitality course introduces students to the exciting and progressive hospitality and catering industry. It gives students the knowledge and skills they need to prepare and present food in safe and hygienic environment. Career paths leading from Hospitality include the culinary arts, hospitality management, waitressing, tourism and travel, private catering, cordon bleu and a range of other opportunities.

Food Technology – Years 9 to 10

Year 9 students participate in the compulsory technology programme at Year 9 that includes Basic Food Hygiene and Safety, Measurement and Equipment use as well as the design and development of Healthy Breakfast options. In Year 10 students they investigate and promote the importance of a balanced and nutritious diet, design and make burgers for the Secondary Schools Beef and Lamb Competition, they explore the cultural influences of food choices and get involved in the customer service and hospitality side of food service.

Soft Materials Technology – Years 9 to 13

Soft Materials Technology is the investigation and use of soft materials. Students learn practical skills as they develop models, products, and systems. Topics explored include design drawing, pattern making and knowledge about different types of materials. A wide range of practical skills are developed through the construction of fashion garments and other articles.

Year 9 students participate in the compulsory technology programme. Students design and make a bag. At year 10 Soft Materials is a full year option. Students participate in the design process to complete a range of textile products including dyed/hand painted storage bags, pieced and applique cushions and a 63 cm cloth doll with the emphasis on developing a character or personality.

In Years 11, 12 and 13 students complete Achievement Standards to gain credits towards their NCEA. It is advantageous for a student to have studied the subject previously if choosing textiles as an option in the senior school. Assessment in technology examines the technological process that students undertake. Students submit a portfolio at the end of a unit of work.

Early Childhood Education – NCEA Level 2 & Level 3

The Early Childhood Education course builds students’ knowledge and skills in the education and care of young children in early childhood settings. This course aims to prepare students to advance into higher level early childhood education and care.

Digital Technology

Digital Technology is a rapidly growing area. Our students are given the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in a variety of programs, so that they are better equipped to meet the rapid changes that are occurring in our society. Digital Computing Skills for Year 9 students is compulsory. In addition all YR9 students have a trimester learning basic programming and photo editing. Year 10, 11 and 12 it is a full year option. There is the opportunity to complete the National Certificate in Computing at Level 2 and 3.. At Year 13 students are able to take Digital Print Design with Yoobee Design School and gain the Certificate in Digital Media as well as L3 Achievement and Unit Standards.

By the end of YR13 students will have had experience with the use of Microsoft Suite of Programs, Programming software and Adobe Creative Suite. Students complete projects covering skills; Image Manipulation, Digital Print, Illustrations, Programming, Web Design, Animation and 3D Animation.

The use of ICT tools across the curriculum enables students to use skills developed and transfer them to other subject areas and useful as a tool for tertiary student or future employment

With five computer labs and Wi-Fi access for all students, Kelston Girls College is able to give students the best possible advantage in developing their Information Technology skills.


MLL: Ingrid Vellekoop – T Dip Teaching (Secondary), Ad Commerce Teachers Dip, Grad Dip Ed Technology – Academy L2/3 IT, L1Digital Information Technology, YR10 Digital Information Technology
Jill O’Brien – T Dip Teaching, Ad Commerce Teachers Dip – L3Digital Print Design, L2Digital Information Technology, L1 Digital Information Technology, YR10 Digital Information Technology, YR9 Computer Digital Skills