Technological & Applied Studies
At Wyong Christian Community School our approach to teaching the Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) course depends not only on respect for a person’s integrity, but also acknowledgment of their dependence upon God in their daily lives. Students should come to recognise that their work and study within the area is a means of glorifying God and serving others.
From a Christian perspective, the course enables students to develop skills, strive for excellence and develop mastery within a broad range of topics. We seek to encourage our students to achieve results commensurate with their God-given gifts, talents and abilities.
One extremely important feature of the TAS course is the opportunity for students to work collectively on various tasks, and in so doing, effectively embrace the “classroom layout and expectations”. The TAS environment encourages students to participate in demonstrations, share equipment, machines and workspaces while interacting with the teacher and each other on a more informal level. The teacher has an ideal opportunity to develop relationships on a far more practical level, allowing for Christian principles and character to be displayed in a far wider scope than that of the teacher in the traditional classroom. Teachers of TAS need to pray/strive for wisdom, integrity and patience in their calling to teach in this environment. The rewards can far exceed the effort.
As the students progress within the subject area, we aim to be able to accurately identify individual spheres of giftedness, and then be able to develop and extend them within those areas. It is important that we teach both overtly and covertly that God honours both strictly intellectual and academic pursuits as well as more practical and manual skills. These need not be seen as competing, but rather as complementary within the body of Christ.
In addition, it is good for the students to recognise that God (who is a creative being) has made us to be creative. We have been given the opportunity to interpret, shape and in some ways alter our environment in an attempt to improve the quality of life on the planet. For thousands of years, mankind has designed and applied technology to solve the challenges presented by the environment in which he/she has lived. The areas of focus within the TAS faculty allow the specific study of problem solving.
In Food Technology, the units of work that are developed and taught at WCCS are based on these syllabuses with the additional emphasis on Biblical principles and God’s family.
Emphasis is on:
- God as the ultimate designer
- Our creation in the likeness of God, incorporating intelligence, giftedness and our ability to develop design solutions to improve our quality of life.
- God’s concern for the state of our well being through relationship with Him and how we treat our body.
- The important knowledge of nutrition in order to care for our bodies as God intended.
- Developing an appreciation for how wonderfully complex we have been made by God. Psalm 139:14 – Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous – how well I know it.
- Historical and cultural differences between our modern diet and the food eaten by Jesus, Jews under the old law and the changes implemented by God relating to the cleanliness of some food types. The Bible is a strong guide to maintaining our bodies as living temples of Christ.
Textiles Technology incorporates units of work that allow students to express the individuality and diversity of our God given gifts and talents as well as different tastes in clothing and textile designs. Students can relate the aesthetics of our clothes and the garments of different cultures and socio-economic classes to the splendour of Gods creation (Matthew 6:29). We place importance on this subject, as each student must be well equipped to understand and use technology, so they can participate in and contribute to the Australian society. This is to be emphasised to students in order to rule God’s world by exercising wise stewardship in the use of technology, abilities, materials, processed and energy.
A spirit of cooperation is encouraged as students interact, sharing strengths in the textile area with less able students. The less formal nature of the subjects in this Key Learning Area create opportunities to promote meaningful servant relationships within the class.
Design & Technology
People interpret and alter their environments in an attempt to improve the quality of their lives and often to impact national and international communities to glorify our God. Technologies constantly change and are developed to the extent that they have an impact on the environment and on most aspects of our daily lives.
Australia needs future generations who understand the holistic nature of design and technology and who can apply design processes, develop, communicate and justify solutions, create systems and use technologies to meet identified needs and opportunities. Student projects related to real-life contexts provide a rich setting for individuals and groups to develop holistic solutions and to discover underlying principles for quality design applications. They can investigate processes of design and technology in a responsible, safe, ethical and collaborative manner and in a range of design fields.
As Students get involved in the design process they should see and experience the work of the great Designer and a measure of His workmanship ought to be reflected in the work of our students.