Warwick Senior High School offers studies in both Business and Information Technology. The two subjects are tightly bound as the way we conduct business in society is enhanced by the use of technology to the point where it is difficult to stay competitive in the modern world if you do not have an online presence. At Warwick we are passionate about both areas of study and our staff have relevant industry experience spanning many years. Our teachers have seen information technology in use in the corporate world as well as in other areas of society. They recognise those skills such as coding and the 21st century skills such as communication and problem solving are crucial to their students’ success in the future. They are dedicated to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to develop these skills to the best of their ability as they will need them for future employment and even life skills. The federal government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda indicates clearly that technology plays an important part in every student’s future. “Hands on” trades such as manufacturing are slowly being replaced by machines and there will be a future need for employees who have the coding skills to program and run the machines.
Typically students in Years 7 and 8 are given instruction in a range of topics in line with the Digital Technologies curriculum. In Years 9 and 10 the students begin to develop technology solutions of their own with support from teachers. Business students learn the basic techniques for small business development in lower school.
Skill building in AV presentation, using various software
Years 11 and 12 students complete the nationally recognised VET Certificate II or III in Business which provides pathways for employment or further study.
Design & Technology
In Design Technology students use a range of materials including wood, metal and plastics with the design and manufacture of products as a major focus.
Working with materials, students use collaborative and communication skills to critically think and solve problems using a range of manipulation, processing and manufacturing skills.
The lower school subjects in Technology include working in areas of wood, metal, CAD (Computer Assisted Drafting) and Robotics.
Topics covered include:
The manufacture of a simple project following a design process.
Introduction to software CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), Corel Draw and Google Sketch up
Introduction to CNC Plasma and Laser Cutters.
In senior school students are given the opportunity to further their interests by completing SCSA Certificate II courses which are a VET qualification recognised by both industry and TAFE. The Certificate II courses are generally studied over two years across Years 11 and 12.
Courses currently offered include:
Certificate II Engineering Pathways
Certificate II Construction Pathways
Material Design and Technology – Wood
Home Economics offers subjects that equip students with valuable skills for life, future employment or study. Our programs offer a wide range of opportunities for students to develop literacy, numeracy, problem solving, social and teamwork skills through practical activities in food, textiles and childcare. Home Economics focuses on the well-being of individuals and families in everyday activities.
The lower school courses are designed to develop the necessary skills and knowledge for students to be successful in the senior school courses of Food, Science and Technology: General and Certificate II in Community Services.
Skills and associated knowledge learnt can be successfully used in further education, trade qualifications, and industry related career choices or as general interest hobbies or business.
Food Specialisations: Food specialisations equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages learners to cook, enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.
Materials Technologies – Textiles : Students will build their skills to design and create clothing and craft items. The course encourages students to research, observe, plan, experiment and design. As well as working practically students will also develop skills in decision making, creativity, and critical analysis through consistent evaluation and personal reflection.
Childcare: Students will learn about pregnancy and how to give a child the best start by maintaining a healthy lifestyle before and during pregnancy. They will study child development from birth to 5 years and participate in practical activities to learn how to optimise child development. The practical activities will cover a variety of aspects of caring for a child including feeding and play.
In Years 11 and 12 students are given the opportunity to further their interests by completing either General subjects or Certificate II level courses which are VET qualifications recognised by both TAFE and industry. Courses presently offered are: