Digital Technologies has recently been introduced across the Junior School in order to fulfil the Australian Curriculum requirements for Digital Technologies. This subject area focuses on using the design process to solve real world problems in order to create a better future. It does this within the context of digital solutions including robotics, game design, application development, website design, data management and networking.

Junior School

Our progression from Years 7-10 is shown below.
Year LevelTime allocationUnit 1Unit 2
Year 71 term (mandatory)Introduction to Programming through Robotics using Edison RobotsNA
Year 81 semester (elective)Game Design using Scratch Visual (Block)ProgrammingWebsite Design and Creation using HTML/CSS
Year 91 semester (elective)Game Design using Unity 3DWebsite Design and Creation using HTML/CSS
Year 101 semester (elective)Website Design and Creation using HTML/CSSApp Development utilising data sets

Senior School

We currently offer an Authority Registered subject called Information Communication and Technologies. Within this course, students are exposed to topics such as Animation, Digital Imaging, Graphic Design and Application Development. Tasks are usually project based. These tasks provide students with an opportunity to create digital content and develop skills with IT that will be useful in the workplace.

After successful implementation of the National Curriculum: Digital Technologies, we hope to be able to offer an Authority (OP) level subject to our tertiary bound students.

This dynamic department offers a range of practical and theoretical skills to support well-being of students and encourage good health and relationships.

Year 8

An introduction to Home Economics through the development of skills in food and textiles through a technology focus. Students explore the practical environment of a Home Economics Kitchen and Computerised sewing machines that sew and embroidery.

Year 9

Food Technology and Home Economics are offered in a practical and theoretical format. Students learn all aspects of practical skills in the kitchen while exploring the concepts that underlie cookery principles. Home Economics supports the wellbeing of individuals and families studying food and textiles in both theoretical and practical settings.

Year 10Childhood practices

Home Economics, Food Technology and Childhood Practices are offered to Year 10 students. With a focus on wellbeing and health Home Economics offers an excellent lead in to Home Economics in the senior school with learning experiences in both food and textiles. Childhood Practices offers a lead in to Early Childhood in the Senior School which explores all aspects of development, childrearing, play and childcare. Food Technology develops the skills that would serve to head for a career in the food industry in either front of house or back of house - this is a perfect course to choose Hospitality in the Senior School.

Senior School

In this department the students are offered Home Economics, Hospitality and Early Childhood. Home Economics is an OP course while the other courses are Non- OP.

Chefs preparing food 

Coming in 2017 - Fashion

If you have an interest in fashion and design, or have a keen eye for style, than Fashion is the subject for you! Throughout the course we will study a range of fashion trends, explore who are leaders in design in the fashion industry, as well as creating our own range of clothing and accessories. Fashion is a great subject to learn new practical skills and allow yourself to put your own personal touch into your everyday style.

The Manual Arts Department at Park Ridge SHS offers a range of subjects from Year 7 to 12.  The junior subjects included a variety of core areas comprising Metal Technology, Wood Technology and Graphics. In the senior school there is a range of vocational based subjects and authority subjects for students to choose from in support of specific career interest areas.

Manual arts offer subjects where students will gain practical skills and theoretical knowledge through a hands-on project based course of learning. Students will complete set skill tasks, design and create products using a range of materials, tools, equipment, processes and techniques using specific industry technology. Students will be challenged to understand the appropriateness of products, as well as the social, ethical, safety and environmental issues pertaining to materials use and disposal. Students will be required to manage activities that require them to meet constrains of time, cost, materials and availability of resources.

The department facilities included 6 workshops and 1 computer room catering for a range of practical and drawing based subjects. Each area is well resourced and industry standard equipment is used in the delivery of the curriculum including certificate level vocational subjects.

Manual arts students

Junior subjects

  • Manual Arts (Year 7-8)
  • Wood Technology (Year 9-10)
  • Metal Technology (Year 9-10)
  • Graphics (Year 9-10)

Senior subjects

  • Senior Graphics
  • Furnishing Studies
  • Engineering Studies
  • Industrial Graphics Studies
  • Industrial Technology Studies (Year 12)
  • Certificate 1 in Engineering
  • Certificate I in Construction
  • Certificate 1 in Furnishings

Last reviewed 03 September 2019
Last updated 03 September 2019