Technology & Enterprise

Home Economics, Business Studies, Agriculture, Design & Technology

Home Economics

Home Economics is a multidisciplinary subject that covers Food Science, Textiles and Caring for Others.  It is offered to students at Mount Barker Community College from Years 7-12. It is a fun subject which teaches many practical life skills. Students’ learn how to cook healthy meals, how to cater for events and how to budget. They learn how to hand sew, machine sew and follow a pattern. They can also learn some basic caring for children skills.

Each Year Group focuses on something different:

Year 7 students study a program called “Fun Foods and Textiles”.  In the Food Science unit of the course there is an introduction to food safety and hygiene, basic cooking techniques, simple nutrition and the students invent their own scone and create an accurate recipe to follow.  In the Textiles unit they learn basic hand sewing techniques and look at the different structure of fabric by doing mini projects using felting, weaving and finger knitting.

Year 8 students study programs called “Good Enough to Eat” and “Crazy Beanies”.  In the Food Science unit of the course there is an introduction to food safety and hygiene, basic cooking techniques, basic nutrition and the students design their own healthy burger and make and decorate a gift cake.  In the Textiles unit they learn basic hand sewing techniques, study different textile types and construction, try out various embellishment techniques, learn to use the sewing machine before designing and making a bag or apron using the sewing machine.

Year 9 students study “The Travelling Chef” and “Nighttime stitches”.  In the Food Science unit they travel around the world (but stay in the Home Ec. Room!) learning about different cultures and cooking international foods. This includes trying out a variety of new cooking techniques for example steaming a Chinese Sponge Cake, trying new flavours including making their own curry powder. They also learn about the factors that affect food availability and design their own pizza. The main group task is “International Celebration” where they choose a country, a celebration and a food from that country and put together an interactive presentation for lower school students to enjoy. In the Textiles unit they learn how to read and adapt a sewing pattern and how to use the over locker machine before creating their own pillowcase and boxer shorts/pyjama bottoms.

Year 10 students may have the option to study the following courses. Note that not all of the following courses are offered every year. Students are asked for their preferences and the most popular courses run.

  • “Introduction to Catering”.  In this unit they gain an insight into the hospitality industry by learning more advanced cooking techniques as well as planning and running their own catering event.
  • “Plantagenet Chef”. In this unit they study fast food and nutrition, whilst facing a variety of “MasterChef” like challenges.
  • “Upcycled Textiles”. In this unit they learn more advanced sewing techniques and are supported to devise their own upcycled product.
  • “Caring for Children”. In this unit they learn about childcare and child development, with a focus on the importance of play.

Year 11 and 12 students study Units 1-4 of the Food Science and Technology General Course. It is largely based on gaining understanding and experience of the hospitality sector. It includes safety and hygiene rules and regulations, nutrition, special food needs, as well as examining the properties of food and how they are affected by different cooking techniques. This study is consolidated by a great deal of practical work including a minimum of two catering events each year. Past events have included: catering for the school ball, running a café during the theatre production, designing, cooking and serving a three course meal for local groups and participating in the One Wok Wonder cooking competition.


The Home Economics department boasts a newly refurbished room an outdoor herb garden and study area.

Teacher:  Audra Guy

Assistant:  Debbie Crofts

Business Studies

Information Technology is a practical subject providing students with real world skills. The subject encourages students to learn:  correct keyboarding techniques; general awareness of computer parts and there operations; industry standard software; the reinforcement of literacy skills necessary to produce mail able documents and correct ergonomic and safe work practices. As the years progress students learn more advanced skills and techniques ensuring that we following the Australian Business Standards needed in the work force.

Students who wish to continue in upper school can do a Certificate II – Business (BSB20115). For more information on the upper school subjects please follow the link or view through the VET tab.

Outcomes covered:  Technology and Enterprise: – Technology Process and Information

Teacher in Charge:  Ms Alison Forrest


Students study a general agriculture course which introduces them to viticulture, aquaculture and horticulture. Students also work extensively with sheep and cattle including the schools Murray Greys from the cattle stud. We also make our own school wine.

Some activities the students learn while on the farm include Shearing, fencing, gardening, Artificial insemination, vineyard work and raising trout.

Annual events farm students participate in include the Wagin Woolorama, Perth Royal show & Albany show.

Staff members:  Jay Rowles (farm manager) , Roger Woodward, Linda Drage, John Wright, Graeme Henderson and Buddy the Wonder Dog.

Design and Technology

In years 7 through 10 the Design and Technology Department offers courses relating to wood, metal, plastics and more generalised courses involving mechanical workshop, welding and aspect of Building and Construction.

In Years 11 and 12 there are several pathways that can be achieved by the students through Curriculum Council Courses of Study and VET competencies. Materials Design and Technology Wood (MDT) is a feature of this school.

In MDT is a design and skills based course with the challenge to create a personal item of furniture with a degree of difficulty incorporating drawers or doors, together with some written assignments associated with their projects and to aid in the planning or evaluation of their desired product.

General Workshop is a compilation of skills development allowing some student activities to contribute to their Certificate I or Certificate II achievement. Throughout the year such skills as welding, metal lathe turning, mechanics and some building and construction skills are attained by the students.

Technical Graphics is now part of the new courses of study under the Design units.

The course allows for further development of Technical drawing skills in the areas of design, architecture and graphic communication.

Teacher in Charge: Craig Gibson