Strathfield South High School

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Technological and applied studies

Technological and applied studies (TAS) is mandatory for all students in Year 7 and 8. Students can also select from a range of elective TAS subjects.

In TAS, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through a design and production process using a range of tools, materials and techniques in theory and practical lessons.

The continuum of technology learning is:

  • mandated from Kindergarten to Year 8 through Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory Years 7-8 syllabuses
  • based on students becoming increasingly sophisticated in their ability to apply knowledge, skills and understanding to design and produce solutions
  • optional for student specialisation in high school through a range of syllabuses addressing particular technologies and aspects of design.

About the faculty

The technology and applied studies (TAS) faculty consists of the industrial arts department and the home economics department. It is one of the larger faculties in the school.

Students learn how to safely and correctly use equipment and develop skills in the kitchens, woodwork and metal workshops and research and software skills on the computers.

Our students have access to some of the most modern technologies available in the two fully equipped industrial standard kitchens, two woodworking workshops, a metal workshop and 3 specialist computer rooms. Students learn to use a laser cutter, 3D printer, vinyl cutter, GoPro video cameras, digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, commercial ovens, mixers, fryers, ice-cream makers, Cryovac food sealers to complete their assignments and major projects.

TAS subjects, other than stage 4 technology (mandatory) are elective subjects and incur a fee to help offset the cost of the materials used.

Students may require special uniforms or equipment and are required to complete 2 weeks of workplacement in the vocational education and training (VET) subjects of hospitality and construction.

The staff in the TAS faculty is only too happy to hear from parents to discuss their children's needs and ways to improve their learning in class.

Please feel free to contact the TAS department whenever you have a concern or simply wish discuss your child's progress.

Courses for study

Stage 4 subjects

  • Technology mandatory

Stage 5 subjects

  • Food technology
  • Timber
  • Information software technology
  • Graphics

Stage 6 subjects

  • Hospitality
  • Food technology
  • Engineering studies
  • Information processes and technology
  • Industrial technology - graphics, timber
  • Design and technology
  • Software design and development

Faculty focus areas

  • Promote creativity and innovative thinking
  • Encourage critical thinking and a reflective mindset
  • Develop skills and habits of being self-directed learners
  • Provide explicit and timely feedback as assessment for and of learning

Our strategies

  • Integrate digital literacy and coding in the teaching and learning program in all areas of TAS
  • Incorporate project-based learning in our courses
  • Focus projects on skills and knowledge useable for future careers

Staff members

Mr Gurto (Head Teacher)

Mr Young

Mrs Shrestha

Ms Dabrowski

Ms Czerwonka

Mr Philippou