Macquarie Fields High School

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Courses Offered

We offer courses in the following areas:

Year 7 

Technology Mandatory

Year 8

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

Years 9 & 10

  • Agricultural Technology
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Graphics Technology
  • Industrial Technology – Electronics
  • Industrial Technology – Engineering
  • Industrial Technology – Metal
  • Industrial Technology – Timber
  • Information & Software Technology
  • Textiles Technology

Year 11 & 12- 

  • Community & Family Studies
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering Studies
  • Food Technology
  • Industrial Technology - Graphics Technologies
  • Industrial Technology – Multimedia Technologies
  • Industrial Technology - Timber Products & Furniture Technologies
  • Software Design and Development
  • Textiles & Design
  • School Vocational Educational and Training Courses:
  • Hospitality – Food and Beverage


All courses in Technologies are designed to develop skills and knowledge together, not in isolationof our students.

Stage 4

Technology Mandatory

The Technology Mandatory syllabus provides opportunities to reinforce and integrate knowledge and understanding from other subjects in the Years 7–10 curriculum. The diversity of learning experiences provided in Technology Mandatory encourages both independent and collaborative learning and the skills in designing, planning, managing and evaluating are transferrable across the curriculum. Technology Mandatory builds on Science and Technology K–6 and provides broad experiences in a range of contexts that are further explored in Technology electives in Years 7–12. The opportunity to investigate problems, generate ideas and produce sustainable solutions develops skills and attitudes that are valued in our society and are integral to Australia’s economic future. The skills and capabilities developed by students through the study of a variety of technology contexts can be applied to further education, and career opportunities in design, technology, engineering, science, mathematics and related fields.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

The Technologies faculty is best placed to deliver the STEM curriculum as it is the application of technologies through an engineering design process that provides meaning for the scientific principles and mathematical concepts students learn in those learning areas. At Macquarie Fields High School students are introduced to STEM careers and life applications through a course of study where:

  • A design process is used to integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Content and assessment is standards based and delivered through practical, project based learning experiences
  • Students focus on solving real world problems and engineering challenges
  • Students regularly work in teams to design, manage, create and evaluate solutions
  • A variety of communication methods are used throughout a design process
  • Teachers facilitate project based, student centred learning experiences incorporating extensive hands on investigation and creation
  • Trial and error is considered an integral part of a design process and is an important step towards creating a successful solution

Stage 5

Design and Technology

The study of Design and Technology assists students to appreciate and explore a range of careers in the field of design and technological innovation. Students critically analyse and reflect on the implications of design in order to develop understanding of why some designs, technologies and processes perform better than others in meeting their intended purpose. Students develop knowledge, appreciation and applied skills for understanding the interrelationships of design, technology, society, the individual and the environment for an increasingly knowledge-based economy and lifestyle.

Industrial Technology

  • Metal
  • Timber
  • Electronics

Industrial Technology develops knowledge and understanding of materials and processes. Related knowledge and skills are developed through a specialised approach to the tools, materials and techniques employed in the planning, development, construction and evaluation of quality practical projects and processes. Critical thinking skills are developed through engagement with creative practical problem-solving activities.

Through the study of Industrial Technology students develop knowledge relating to current and emerging technologies in industrial and domestic settings. Students study the interrelationship of technologies, equipment and materials used in a variety of settings. They develop skills through project-based learning in the design, planning, management and production of practical projects.

The Industrial Technology Years 7–10 Syllabus leads students to an awareness of the relationship between technology, industry, society and the environment, and develops their ability to make value judgements about issues, decisions and consequences arising from this interaction. Students are challenged to develop an awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability in relation to the use of materials and technologies and their effects on people and society.

The study of Industrial Technology develops in students an understanding of related work environments and Work Health and Safety (WHS) matters, while developing a range of skills that equip them for future learning, potential vocational pathways and leisure and lifestyle activities involving technologies.

The knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes developed through the study of Industrial Technology provides opportunities for students to make positive contributions to Australian industry and society, to express valued opinions and to make considered judgements as contributing members of society.

Food Technology

The study of Food Technology provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of food properties, processing, preparation and their interrelationships, nutritional considerations and consumption patterns. It addresses the importance of hygiene and safe work practices and legislation in the production of food. It also provides students with a context through which to explore the richness, pleasure and variety food adds to life.

Through a study of food and its applications in domestic, commercial, industrial and global settings, the syllabus caters for all students’ needs and interests. It contributes to both vocational and general life experiences. Integral to this syllabus is the ability to design, produce and evaluate solutions to situations involving food. These skills are transferable to other study, work and life contexts that students may encounter.

Graphics Technology

Graphics Technology enables students to practise logical thought and decision-making while developing skills applicable to a range of domestic, commercial and leisure activities. They engage in both manual and digital forms of image generation and manipulation and develop knowledge of the wide application of graphics in a variety of contexts and an ever-increasing range of vocations. Graphics Technology also develops students’ technical and visual literacy, equipping them for participation in a technological world.

The use of graphical images to communicate information overcomes the barriers of time and linguistic, cultural and social differences. In an age of globalised industry and rapid technological development, where computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacture (CAM) and multimedia applications are widely used, the study of Graphics Technology is particularly relevant.

Through the study of Graphics Technology students become increasingly productive, creative, discriminating and confident in the development and use of a range of technologies relevant to current practice in graphics and graphics-related industries. The syllabus encourages the development of collaborative skills in the real and virtual worlds and fosters an understanding of the advantages and responsibilities that are associated with these processes.

Information and Software Technology

The study of Information and Software Technology Years 7–10 assists students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to solve problems in real life contexts. Through experiential and collaborative tasks, students engage in processes of analysing, designing, producing, testing, documenting, implementing and evaluating information and software technology-based solutions. Creative, critical and meta-cognitive thinking skills are developed through students’ practical involvement in projects.

Information and Software Technology Years 7–10 is a course in which diverse aspects of a students’ prior knowledge and skills can be brought together. Students will be given opportunities to build on information and communication technology (ICT) skills, when using and integrating application programs and hardware devices throughout the course. Through approaches such as modelling and prototyping, and other student-centred activities, students will develop knowledge and understanding of both practical and theoretical concepts of the course.

Textiles Technology

Textiles have played a significant role throughout human history, satisfying both functional and aesthetic needs. Textiles continue to satisfy needs in society by being a means of self-expression, by having social meaning and cultural significance, and by performing specific functions in commercial, industrial and personal settings.

A study of Textiles Technology provides students with broad knowledge of the properties, performance and uses of textiles in which fabrics, yarns and fibres are explored, and how these are used in conjunction with colouration and decoration techniques. Project Work that includes investigation and experimentation enables students to discriminate in their choices of textiles for particular uses. Students document and communicate their design ideas and experiences applying contemporary technologies in their project work. Completion of projects is integral to developing skills and confidence in the manipulation and use of a range of textile materials, equipment and techniques.

Students investigate the work of textile designers and from this research make judgements about the appropriateness of design ideas, the selection of materials and of tools and the quality of textile items. Students are challenged to transfer knowledge to new situations and projects, building on technical skills and past experiences. Textile projects give students the opportunity to be creative, independent learners and to explore functional and aesthetic aspects of textiles, demonstrate responsibility in decision-making and encourage individuals to express ideas and opinions.

Stage 6

Community & Family Studies

Community and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary course drawing upon selected components of family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and students’ general life experiences. This course focuses on skills in resource management that enable people to function effectively in their everyday lives, in families and communities.

As students develop into young adults they are faced by challenges of increasing complexity and there is a range of strong influences on the decisions they make. Community and Family Studies develops students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to effective decision-making leading to confidence and competence in solving practical problems in the management of everyday living.

Community and Family Studies provides opportunities for students to explore and form positive attitudes about themselves and others; to develop an understanding of their relationships within their families and other groups; to learn to work cooperatively and to appreciate the importance of effective communication.

It encourages opportunities for students to become proactive members of society as they examine both their potential to adopt a range of roles and the responsibilities they have in contributing to society.

Community and Family Studies explores life issues that are important to all young people and of equal relevance to female and male students.

Design & Technology

From the earliest times, humans have interpreted, shaped and altered their environments in an attempt to improve the quality of their lives. In the process, technologies have evolved and been developed to the extent that, today, they have an impact on most aspects of our daily lives.

Australia needs business, industry and community leaders who understand the nature of design and technology; who will foster and promote innovation and the creative use of technologies; and who appreciate how design and technological activity contribute to the lives of individuals and to cultures and environments.

Design and Technology has a unique focus on creativity, innovation and the successful implementation of innovative ideas. Students will investigate the importance of evaluation, the role of computer-based technologies, management, communication and collaborative design, as well as exploring current and emerging technologies. Through the completion of quality design projects, students are provided with the opportunity to develop specific production and manufacturing skills.

Engineering Studies

In the 21st century, engineering will continue to be directed towards developing insight and understanding to the provision of infrastructure, goods and services needed for industry and the community.

The role of engineers includes formulating problems, providing solutions and integrating technical understanding. The profession has a duty to take responsible approaches to wealth creation, to be ethical in their practices and to promote sustainability. With such key responsibilities, communication, synthesis and analysis of information, management skills and teamwork are becoming increasingly important.

Professional engineering work is concerned with cost-effective, timely, reliable, safe, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sustainable outcomes as well as maintaining a consciousness of ideals associated with social and ethical responsibilities and service.

Engineering Studies is directed towards the development and application of mathematical, scientific and technological skills and their integration with business and management. It provides students with skills, knowledge and understanding associated with a study of engineering, its practices and associated methodologies. The subject promotes environmental, economic and global awareness, problem-solving ability, engagement with information technology, self-directed learning, communication, management and skills in working as a team.

Food Technology

The provision and consumption of food are significant activities of human endeavour, with vast resources being expended across domestic, commercial and industrial settings. Food issues have a constant relevance to life.

The factors that influence food availability and selection are examined and current food consumption patterns in Australia investigated. Food handling is addressed with emphasis on ensuring safety and managing the sensory characteristics and functional properties of food to produce a quality product. The role of nutrition in contributing to the health of the individual and the social and economic future of Australia is explored. The structure of the Australian food industry is outlined and the operations of one organisation investigated. Production and processing practices are examined and their impact evaluated. The activities that support food product development are identified and the process applied in the development of a food product. Contemporary nutrition issues are raised, investigated and debated. This knowledge enables students to make informed responses to changes in the production to consumption continuum and exert an influence on future developments in the food industry as educated citizens and in their future careers.

Industrial Technology

  • Graphics Technologies
  • Timber Products & Furniture Technologies

Much of Australia’s economic, social and cultural development can be related to the capacity of our industries to develop and use technology in the manufacture of goods and services. The effective and responsible application of industrial technologies has a direct bearing upon the quality of our lives.

Rapid technological change, particularly in the computer-based technologies, is influencing the nature of our industrial enterprises and the work that is undertaken in these enterprises. As a result, our industrial enterprises are becoming more globally competitive.

Industrial Technology seeks to raise students’ awareness of the interaction between technology, industry, society and the environment, and to develop their ability to make value judgements about issues, decisions and problems arising from this interaction. Students achieve this by applying practical experiences to the study of the technology, management and organisation of industry.

Software Design and Development

The focus of Software Design & Development is the development of computer-based solutions that require the design of computer software.

The computing field, particularly in the area of software design and development, offers opportunities for creativity and problem-solving and a collaborative work environment where working with people and exploring issues is an integral part of the job. It is critical that students of both genders have the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to pursue the many new, exciting and highly paid employment opportunities that exist in the field.

The study of Software Design and Development promotes intellectual, social and ethical growth. It provides the flexibility to be able to adapt in a field that is constantly changing, yet vital to the Australian economy.

Textiles & Design

Textiles & Design provides a curriculum structure that reflects the important role that textiles play in society. Textiles protect, provide comfort, have social meaning, respond to cultural influences and perform a range of necessary functions in the textiles industry and other industries.

Students investigate the science and technology of textiles through a study of properties and performance, allowing them to make informed consumer choices in the textiles area. Technological and practical skills are developed and enhanced through the use of textile-related technologies, including those that are computer-based. The concept of design elements and principles, as being both functional and aesthetic and as part of the creative design process, are examined within the specialised field of textiles.

School Vocational Educational and Training Courses:

  • Hospitality – Food and Beverage

This is a dual credential course which is designed to develop skills which can be transferred directly into industry.

Services industries are a major employer, supporting the skill development of younger workers who are central to Australia's economic and social development. For businesses in the service industries, employees are the most important asset. Recruiting and retaining skilled staff is fundamental for businesses. Occupations within the hospitality industry are diverse and include barista, chef, cook, front office clerk, housekeeping attendant, kitchen hand, manager, marketing and promotion officer and waiter.

Specialised Equipment in TECHNOLOGIES

  • Commercial espresso machine
  • Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) router
  • 3D printers
  • Digital embroidery machine
  • Dye sublimation printer and press
  • Laser cutter
  • Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) software
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software
  • Specialist woodwork rooms and equipment
  • Specialist metalwork rooms and equipment
  • Specialist engineering and graphics technology R&D labs
  • Agricultural Plot
  • Kitchens


The students we educate have been born into a highly technological and industrial society in which man has utilised, adapted and modified many natural resources.

In the modern world, Technologies, incorporating the Computing Studies, Home Economics, Industrial Arts and STEM areas, promote and develop the skills that are involved in designing, producing, maintaining and evaluating the physical and intellectual needs of society.

Technologies, therefore, seeks to develop in students:

  • an appreciation of the various processes of design, planning, construction, manufacture, maintenance and evaluation;
  • a knowledge of the technology and materials on which the process is based;
  • a range of skills useful to the individual in taking their place in society.

Technologies at MFHS aims to develop these areas of knowledge and skills in students by providing them with a diverse range of creative and practical experiences, using a variety of technologies widely available in industrial and domestic settings.

The study of Technologies courses at MFHS provides students with the opportunity to gain their initial introduction to the application, testing and experimentation with a variety of tools, materials and processes. It should provide the basis for the understanding of industry and technology.

The continual expansion of digital technology into more and more fields of human endeavour has meant that social, recreational and work patterns are becoming less and less predictable. Traditional patterns have changed and will continue to change as new digital technologies and new applications of digital technology are developed and adopted.

The inter-relationship between the emergence of digital technologies and the more traditional industrial applications is the cornerstone of the modern manufacturing industry. Digital technology is a dynamic area, undergoing constant development. The effect these innovations are currently having on industrial, commercial and social processes and practices is unprecedented in modern times. The development of the entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills acquired by students in Technologies courses is an advantage to anyone living in a complex and dynamic technological environment. Our courses give students a different perspective from which they can view the world and through which they can confidently face future challenges.

Technologies Faculty Staff

Mr G Byrne (Head Teacher)

Mr J Cefai

Mrs J Chilla

Mrs L Fernando

Mrs G Gonzalez

Ms K Hannaford

Mrs H Lawson (Kitchen Assistant)

Mr M McVicar

Mr F Pinget

Ms V Shipley

Mr M Smith