Design and Technology
Design and Technology is all about using what is known to solve problems and make life easier and more exciting. We encourage boys to be brave, think creatively, and come up with design solutions and concepts that they can then apply to the real world.
Imagination is more important than knowledge – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
The majority of the courses in Design and Technology involve planning, researching, brainstorming and testing. This process promotes initiative, organisation, confidence, team building, responsibility and adaptability within students. Furthermore, the ability to enterprise is particularly useful as our students prepare for life after school. The capacity to problem solve, work with complex technologies and mediate among teammates are qualities that are vital regardless of what path a student chooses in the future,
Our Teaching Philosophy
An important aspect of our teaching philosophy is linking the class experience to the outside world. The effectiveness of many workplaces largely comes from teamwork and we promote cooperative learning and teaching at all levels in Design and Technology. We frequently have professional designers and engineers mentoring the senior students to share industry experience and knowledge with them. These industry professionals also often help inspire and influence the way we write our curriculum.
Industry-level Programs and Facilities
To prepare students for the rapidly changing world we try to introduce students to technologies they will use when they leave, while still at school. For example, SolidWorks is an industry-standard drawing program we use, and our milling machines and laser cutters are industry standard. We are also fortunate enough to have a 3D printer that is one of only 20 in the country and the only one used in a school in NSW. In addition to having industry visitors sharing their knowledge, they also often visit our facilities to observe the technologies we have in place.
Our staff are up to date with the latest technologies and trends in Design and Technology education. We regularly attend professional development conferences and training sessions, and are involved in setting examinations and presenting at various Board of Studies and Catholic Education Office events.
Technology subjects studied at the College provide a sound base for further studies in the areas of:
- Product & Industrial Design
- Architecture, Engineering
- Graphic Design
- Town Planning
- Building Construction
- Cabinet Making
- CAM Manufacturing
- Web Design
- Theatre Set Design
- Interior Design