We have a well-resourced workshop (T7) which caters to all students in Years 7 – 13. Students in Years 7 – 10 all participate in technology which then becomes optional in Years 11, 12 and 13 (NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3). The workshop is designed to cater from the simple to the complex; from Year 7 projects to Year 13 pedestal tables.
Students participate in practical lessons based around creating and finishing projects. Senior students complete Unit standards through BCITO (Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation).
Health and safety is a significant component in students’ learning. Students are taught workshop safety, and are expected to wear covered-in footwear during every lesson. Students are provided with aprons, safety glasses, ear muffs and gloves as required. There is also a dust extraction unit to minimise dust pollution.
Students are given choices with which types of wood they can work with. Japanese cedar is a common choice for juniors and then they can branch out as they get older and use various natives, poplar, pine tri-board and MDF. Lessons can also includes use of plastics, glass, wood and paint. Tools available for student use include band saws, routers, a sand blaster, various drills (including a pedestal drill and battery drills), a jigsaw and numerous hand tools.