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Illawarra Sports High School

Illawarra Sports High School

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Faculty Information

  • Food Technologies: Students learn about the characteristics and properties of foods appropriate to a design project. They learn about the functions and correct safe use of a variety of contemporary food utensils and appliances and learn specific techniques used in food preparation; food processing; cooking food and presenting food for visual appeal.
  • Information Technologies: Students learn to select and use appropriate data types for particular purposes. They learn to select and justify the use of correct file formats and use software for specific purposes in a design project.
  • Plant Production Technologies: Students learn to identify a variety of plants to design a project. They will research and evaluate plant requirements and will select, maintain and correctly use told use tools and equipment in the development of the school vegetable garden.
  • Textile Technologies: Students learn to investigate fibre properties and fabric characteristics appropriate to a design process. They will select and correctly use appropriate tools and equipment to make a textiles project from textile materials they have selected to make their design project.

Year 9 & 10

Basic Catering

A course developed by industry professionals that teaches you to develop new cooking skills and knowledge.

  • Child's Play: Are you a big kid? Do you want to organise a children's party, design toys and craft activities.
  • Fun with Fashion: Hands on experience with different types of fabrics and textiles to produce funky individualised designs.
  • Food Technology: Work through a range of food related units that provide students with a broad knowledge and understanding of food properties, processing and preparation.
  • Child Studies: Child Studies explores the unique and intense period of growth and development of young children. the course is designed to challenge students in the aspects of caring for young children.
  • Textiles: Students learn to investigate fibre properties and characteristics to design projects that reflect contemporary fashions.

Year 11 & 12

  • CAFS: This course is designed to develop in each student an understanding of the diverse nature and interdependence of families and communities, in relation to the changing nature of the Australian Society, with a view to enabling students to plan and manager resources effectively.
  • EEC: This course explores issues within an early childhood context and considers these in relation to the students themselves, their family and the community,. Students learn about children's experiences in the early childhood years as the foundation for future growth, development and learning.
  • Food Technology: Students will develop a knowledge and understanding about the production, processing and consumption of food products. They will also develop an appreciation of the importance of food to heatlh and its impact on society. Students will also learn to develop new skills in researching, analysing and communicating with food issues.
  • Textiles: This course involves the study of design, communication methods, construction techniques, innovations, fibres, yarns, fabrics and the textile industry. Practical experiences are integrated throughout the content areas and include experimental and project work. The course culminates in the development of a Major Textiles Project which is specific to a selected focus area and includes supporting documentation and textile item/s.
  • VET Hospitality: students in this course work to develop the competentices, skills and knowledge described by each element of competency listed in the Senior Prospectus. Student who undertake the multi-skilling focus of this course will be eligible for a Certificate II in Hospitality. The qualification provides Employability skills in communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self management, learning and technology. Hospitality students are also required to undertake work-placement each year.


Year 7 & 8 (Stage 4)

Mandatory Technology

All students rotate through areas of study including Environmental & Landscape Design, Fashion, Food and Industrial Design and Promotional, Digital Design and Communication Systems. Within these areas students work within Technologies related to Metal, Food, Timber, Textiles, Electronics and Computers.

Year 9 & 10 (Stage 5)

Industrial Arts Faculty offer 2 year courses in the following Industrial Technologies:

  • Timber Products: Working with wood, gives students the opportunity to design and produce quality timber products. They are given a sound theoretical base in the timber industry including tools, equipment and techniques. A major work is completed in Year 10.
  • Metalwork: Metalwork gives students many skills needed to be become a tradesperson in the Metal Industry. Also students are exposed to many new and interesting tools and equipment. In Year 10 student undertake a series of advanced projects and a major work.
  • Electronics: Students will learn how to construct basic circuits using a variety of techniques and students are introduced to basic electronic components. Later in the course students build fun and exciting projects like an MP3 amplifier. A solid grounding in the electrical theory and safety is woven into the course.
  • Graphics (Technical Drawing): This subject shows students how to communicate ideas and information in a graphical form. Some topics covered are Plane geometry, Engineering drawings, Isometric, oblique and other forms of pictorial drawing, Architectural, CAD and 3D modelling.
  • Engineering: This subject provides students with a firm foundation of "how things work". Students will learn about engineering with a "hands on" approach. Some of the topics covered are: Electronics, Lifting Systems & Transport Systems.

Year 11 & 12 (Stage 6)

  • Engineering Studies: This course offers students knowledge, understanding and skills in aspects of engineering that include communication, engineering mechanics / hydraulics, materials, historical / societal influences, electronics / electricity and scope of the profession. Students study engineering by investigating a range of applications and fields by theoretic and practical means; including building structures and excursions to relevant sites.
  • Industrial Technology Timber & Furniture Industries (Woodwork): This course consists of project work and Industry study that develop a broad range of skills and knowledge related to the Timber industry and an introduction to industrial processes and practices. In Year 12 student produce a major work and folio to be submitted for marking by the Board of Studies.
  • Metal and Engineering VET (Metalwork Trades): This course provides students with the opportunity to obtain a nationally recognised vocational qualification – Certificate II in Engineering. Students will work through a range of competencies including; communication, teamwork, problem solving, fabrication, machine operations, hand tools, power tools and a range of techniques. Students are required to undertake a work placement in a relevant local business.
  • Construction VET (Building Trades): This course provides students with the opportunity to obtain a nationally recognised vocational qualification – Certificate II in Construction. Students will work through a range of competencies including; communication, teamwork, problem solving, tools / equipment, framework, concreting, bricklaying etc. Students are required to undertake a work placement in a relevant local business. 

Regular Events

  • UOW Engineering Challenge Excursion

  • Questacon Excursion

  • Bluescope Excursion