The Food Technology classroom is an exciting space to explore culinary flair and test ingredients for various outcomes to solve a problem.
Year 7 and 8 students learn to prepare various cooked and baked products while learning basic skills, including how to be safe and hygienic in the kitchen. Students will have the opportunity to continue with Food Technology as an optional module in Years 9 and 10.
By the end of Year 10, students will have learned how to be creative in finding solutions to food related problems by designing products, researching flavours, experimenting with basic food components such as raising agents all while using the design process. They will have learned how to make foods such as lunch dishes, biscuits, pasta meals, scones etc.
Senior level Food TechnologY/Home Economics students are presented with many avenues of learning. Through Processing Technology and Home Economics Achievement Standards, students can gain credits contributing to University entrance. Food products are researched, data collected, experimented with, photographed and recorded using technological devices.
Seniors will also have Star courses such as Front of House/Cookery, Barista Training and Hospitality Professional Chef opportunities to take advantage of to gain unit standards. These courses are organised by the school through the ARA Institute of Canterbury, Timaru and the Learning Place, Dunedin. These are run in partnership with the Polytechnic where students are tutored and assessed in Timaru or on site at Waimate High School.
Food Technology/Home Economics can open many rewarding career opportunities in scarce skills employment areas locally and internationally. Examples of these are Laboratory Food Technology, Restaurant/Cafe Chef, Hotel Manager, Childcare, Tourism, Food Processing, Marketing/Promoting, Food Editor and Food Photography.