Technology

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Our Technology Learning Area encompasses the following subjects in 2020:

  • Automotive Engineering - Level 2 and Level 3
  • Construction - Year 10, Level 1 & 2 and Year 13
  • Digital Technologies - Year 9* to Level 1 to Level 3
  • Hospitality - Level 1 to Level 3
  • Laser Design Studio Year 10 to Level 3
  • Materials Technology - Metal - Year 10
  • Mechanical Engineering - Level 1 & 2 and Year 13
  • Mechatronics - Year 10 to Level 3
  • Pre-Hospitality - Year 10
  • Technology Design Studio - Year 10 
  • Technology - Year 9*

* Year 9 Taster

The aim of Technology is to help develop a student's broad technological literacy that will equip them to participate in society as informed citizens and give them access to technology-related careers. They will learn through using the technological process to plan, create and develop real life projects. This will mean they learn practical skills as they develop these outcomes. Technology is associated with transofmring information and materials to meet a need in society.

Within a technological context, students will:

  • develop knowledge of the principles and processes of technology
  • identify and explore needs and opportunities which may be met through technological activity
  • create and evaluate ideas to improve or modify technology in relation to these identified needs and opportunities
  • choose and use materials, tools, and equipment skilfully and safely
  • design their own technological solutions
  • work to agreed specifications and quality standards
  • recognise the inter-relationship of technology, the environment and society now, in the past and in the future.

There are many career pathways students can choose to follow from within this Learning Area, ranging from Mechatronics, App designer, Film and media technician, Pattern Maker, Junior fashion Designer, Automotive Electrician, Computer aided designer, Builder or entry into the Armed Forces.

Te Tai Tokerau Trades Academy also encompasses some of our subjects, such as Automotive Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Credits from these subjects can help students progress towards trades apprenticeships.

Head of Learning Area
Ms Michelle Green

Assistant Head of Learning Area
Mr Wayne Harrison


Technology Block Safety 
In many of our senior classes the goal is to deliver industrial qualifications to the students.  This means that students need to be aware of, and comply with, safety requirements. Students need to attend wearing sturdy, fully-enclosed footwear.  Hair should be tied back, and all jewellery (including taonga) removed or secured.  Long shorts or trousers are the most appropriate clothing for a workshop. In some areas, overall are supplied. Teachers have the authority to exclude students from the class who are unsafely dressed or to not allow them to do practical work. Parents, please support these important programmes by ensuring that your young person is appropriately dressed for their course of study.
Jack Saxon, Principal


Level 3 subjects filled in blue with white writing are University Approved.

Construction is part of Te Tai Tokerau Trades Academy. The resources for the unit standards in these courses are from the BCITO BConstructive programmes for schools. BConstructive are hands on programmes that are innovative, practical and multi-disciplinary programmes for students, providing them with the skills and knowledge to springboard into any career in the construction industry. The BConstructive programmes are primarily workshop based. Rather than focusing on any one trade the programmes build skills and an understanding of all trades in the construction industry. Students who participate in the BConstructive programme can go on to consider apprenticeships in a variety of trades such as: building, construction, plumbing, drain laying, roofing, gas-fitting, painting and decorating, infrastructure, flooring and joinery. The programme also provides a good base for students who would like to enter other related areas of the construction industry such as architecture, quantity surveying and estimating.

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