Food, Technology & Textiles

The Home Economics Department at The Cathedral College includes the subject areas – Home Economics, Hospitality and Early Childhood. Our facilities include a textiles room, domestic kitchen and an industrial kitchen with an espresso coffee machine.

The teaching of Home Economics further develops life skills such as: practical cooking and sewing, health and nutrition and decision making.

The skills learned in Hospitality Practices prepare students for work within the hospitality industry, practical food preparation and service and team work. The students also learn to operate  the espresso coffee machine.

Early Childhood Studies develop students’ knowledge of child development, parenting skills and awareness of children with special needs.

Every two years a Melbourne hospitality tour is offered to students. Students are also involved in planning and preparing a range of functions within the College: Grandparents’ Morning Tea, Multicultural Fair, Mocktail Parties and Coffee Shops.

Early Childhood students attend work placement – Year 11 in Childcare Centres and Year 12 in primary schools. The Year 12 students also undertake the Virtual Baby Parenting Program.

The following subjects are offered at each year level:

  • Year 7  – a term each of practical textiles and food production
  • Year 8 - a term each of practical textiles and food production 
  • Year 9  - year long electives in the areas of Food and Nutrition, Textiles and Hospitality
  • Year 10 – semester units: Food Production and Investigation, Textile Production and Introduction to Hospitality
  • Year 11 & 12 – Early Childhood Studies SAS,  Hospitality Practices SAS and Home Economics.

The study of Home Economics may lead to many avenues of tertiary study. Some of these include education majoring in the teaching of Home Economics, Bachelor of Health Science, Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Diet and a Bachelor of Applied Science from which home economists may gain positions in the food industry, textile industry or as community health workers.

The study of Hospitality may lead to many avenues of employment. Some of these include hotel management, chef, travel consultant and functions coordinator.

The study of Early Childhood is an excellent introduction to the Diploma of Child Care offered through various providers, nanny courses and Early Childhood teaching courses offered at University.

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