Home Economics education is about students learning how to become independent, how to connect with others and how to take action towards futures that support individual and family wellbeing. Students bring together practical and cognitive capabilities and address increasingly complex challenges related to everyday living – for example, those challenges related to human development and relationships are considered in the Children, Family and Community Courses.
The relevance of food, textiles, shelter and their impact on the physical, social and emotional well-being of an individual is also part of this curriculum. At one level, the focus of the challenge is how to achieve goals to enhance personal and family wellbeing. On another level, Home Economics education is concerned with challenges related to societal practices and structures, processes and systems that favour some groups more than others. Students learn to promote a more socially just and sustainable society as they come to understand how their actions and those of corporate organisations and governments impact on the wellbeing of individuals and families, both locally and globally.
In our ever changing and ever challenging environment that puts centre stage issues such as food security, emotional health, sustainability, consumer excesses and the widening poverty gap, one of Home Economics education’s unique strength is that it prepares students to respond to a range of real-life challenges. Its other unique strength is its practical orientation, which for many students provides opportunities for concrete achievement and increased self-esteem.
The Home Economics department aims to deliver a well-rounded education by offering Lower School courses covering food and nutrition, textiles and family issues and include Food – East Meets West, Kids in the Kitchen, Skills for Living, Fun Foods and Child Development.
The Lower School courses develop the students’ knowledge and skills for their entry into Senior School courses that prepare the students for further education or the workforce. These include General and Certificate courses covering content areas including Children, Family and the Community, Food Science and Technology, and Certificate II in Community Service.