Technology and Applied Studies (TAS)
Trinity’s Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) Program provides students with the skills, knowledge and interest to successfully work and respond within a rapidly changing world. Areas of study within TAS include: Stage 4 – Agriculture, Technology (Mandatory),
Stage 5 – Agriculture, Food Technology, Industrial Technology – Timber, Information Software and Technology, and Textiles Technology;
Stage 6 – Agriculture, Engineering Studies, Food Technology, Information Processing and Technology, and Textiles and Design.
Our students benefit from a range of outstanding specialist TAS facilities, including a commercial-standard kitchen that allows Trinity to offer an accredited VET course in Hospitality, and the College Farm, which enables students to study VET Primary Industries (see VET for more details).
The study of Agriculture is a course available as an elective subject in Years 7 to 12, including for the Higher School Certificate. Through these years, the study of Agriculture involves the study of all aspects of farm life – both theoretical and practical. In the senior course, students are exposed to the management and development aspects of Agriculture as they examine the business side of farming with a focus on case studies.
Engineering Studies is an elective subject in Years 11 and 12. The course is directed towards the development and application of mathematical, scientific and technological skills and their integration with business and management. It provides students with skills, knowledge and understanding associated with a study of engineering, its practices and associated methodologies. Students explore environmental, economic and global awareness, problem-solving ability, engagement with information technology, self-directed learning, communication, and management skills in working both individually and within a team.
Food Technology is an elective subject in Years 9 through to 12. Trinity has specialist teachers and facilities to provide the ideal setting for learning about a range of issues related to food. Issues including hygiene and safety, the nutritional quality of food, access to a regular food supply and the environmental impact of food production processes are examined as part of the course. Students explore food-related issues through a range of practical experiences, allowing them to make informed and appropriate choices with regards to food.
INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY – TIMBER
Industrial Technology – Timber is an elective subject in Years 9 through to 12. It develops students’ knowledge and understanding of timber and its related processes and technologies. Students develop knowledge and skills relating to the safety, selection, use and application of timber, hand and power tools, machines and processes through the planning and production of quality practical projects. They will also learn to create drawings both by hand and using AutoCAD, and produce written reports to develop and communicate ideas and information relating to projects.
INFORMATION SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY
Information Software and Technology (IST) is an exciting and challenging course, designed to develop students’ knowledge, confidence and creativity in designing, analysing, developing and evaluating information technology solutions. IST focuses on developing computer skills through the completion of a variety of projects. These projects form the basis for assessment, and develop student’s techniques and knowledge of computer graphics, website development, multimedia, spreadsheets, databases, computer programming and video editing. IST aims to equip students with the ability to use computers as problem solving tools.
INFORMATION PROCESSING AND TECHNOLOGY
Information Processes and Technology (IPT) is the study of computer-based information systems in Years 11 and 12. It focuses on information processes performed by these systems and the technology that allows them to take place. Processes and skills covered include collecting, organising, analysing, storing/retrieving, processing, transmitting/receiving and displaying information. Different types of information systems are studied and social, ethical and non-computer issues are considered. Through project work, students create their own information system to meet an identified need.
The development of reflective, flexible and creative thinking skills is central to the Year 7 and 8 mandatory Technology course. Students are encouraged to develop skills in enterprise and initiative by working through design challenges using a range of technologies. Workshop facilities and specially trained staff support students in working with a range of materials including food, textiles, wood and plastics, while access to the latest information technologies assists students in making their designs a reality.
TEXTILES TECHNOLOGY AND TEXTILES AND DESIGN
Textiles Technology in Year 9 and 10 and Textiles and Design in Years 11 and 12 are elective subjects in which students are challenged to work creatively within the field of textiles. Facilities include two well-equipped classrooms with access to the latest technologies in fabric and garment production. Specialist teachers work with students on a range of themed projects to develop skill and knowledge of textiles applications. Student creativity is celebrated with an Exhibition of Major Textiles Projects.