Home Economics

Home Economics staff at KSHS provides opportunities for students to understand and shape preferred solutions to a range of challenges in their personal, family, community and work roles. For example, they may develop and implement learning experiences that enable students to learn how to:

  • Be innovative, enterprising and creative
  • Design, evaluate and make decisions related to textiles and food
  • Understand and take action to enhance human growth and development
  • Prepare nutritious foods and develop health promoting food behaviors
  • Take control of their health and develop health promoting behaviors
  • Utilise design and technology relevant to families and households
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop vocationally related knowledge and skills such as those related to food technology, hospitality, childcare and the design and textile industries.


Community Projects & Involvement

Royal Flying Doctors – Every year, our skilful Year 11 Children, Family and the Community class make a beautiful patchwork quilt. This is then donated to Royal Flying Doctors Service who auctions it off as part of 1st prize in their annual fund raising raffle.

Days for Girls – Every year since 2014, our sewing perfectionist Year 12 Children, Family and the Community students each produce two recyclable sanitary kits. These are donated to the international charity Days for Girls. In third world countries, many women lack education, and resources, which can make their living conditions very challenging. Due to lack of sanitary products in these countries, women and teenage girls can suffer from serious health risks, such as infections during their cycle. Another issue is economic; as the women cannot go to work or school during that time. As such, community groups are reaching out to these women in helping them by providing recyclable sanitary kits. Supply of quality, sustainable, feminine hygiene kits will make a marked difference in their hygiene, health and economic wellbeing of these women. We, in collaboration with Rotary International, have been providing sanitary kits to women and teenage girls in need.

Apex Australia Teenage Fashion & Arts (AAFTA) – KSHS is an active participant in AAFTA annual Fashion Youth Festival. This event is a unique opportunity for our students with deep interest in the fashion or design industries to demonstrate their vivid skills and flair. This is developed through a friendly competition held at regional, state and national levels. Year’s 9 to 12 students develop their skills in Textiles and Fashion throughout the years and selected students compete in Day Wear and Evening Wear categories.

Katanning Agricultural Show – The show is a fantastic day out for the whole family with lots to see and do, including art, craft, photography, home industries, fashion and entertainment, and equestrian events. We regularly participate in the annual Katanning Agricultural Show where students and staff demonstrate their Art and Craft expertise by winning lots of prizes and appreciations.

Catering – Throughout the year, students have good experience in catering for different events in school. For example, Get Up and Go Day, Morning and Afternoon teas, Rotary International dinner, Valediction Ceremony as well as many other events.


Years 7:

From Year 7, students have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge in areas such as food and nutrition and textiles through the study of Life Skills.  This will provide them with valuable skills that will become ever more important as they reach adulthood.

Year 8:

During year 8, students continue to be aware of the food safety and hygiene practices, basic cooking techniques, and basic nutrition and students develop and produce their own heathy lunch. In the textiles unit, students continue to develop basic sewing skills, and use a variety of fabrics to create their pencil case and crazy creature.

These Courses are available as options from Year 9 to 12 students.

Years 9 &10:


Students can choose to study Cooking where they are encouraged to build a sound knowledge of the skills required to work with food.  The activities in class assist students to formulate valuable life skills in food preparation as well as understanding nutrition.  These skills empower students to take control of their food choices and therefore their health and well-being.  Students will cover a range of topics like; Convenience Food Vs. Home-Made Food, Food & Festivals Around The World, Menu Planning, Designing Label and Fast Food.

Home Economics

In Home Economics we cover sewing and cooking aspects.  Students develop the skills required to use a sewing machine, over locker and equipment required for cutting and pattern making.  This allows students to gain the knowledge of different techniques used in the construction of articles and garments. Students will have the skills to produce Appliqué Cushion, Boxer shorts/Dress and Apron. The cooking activities in class assist students to formulate valuable life skills in food preparation as well as understanding nutrition and safety and hygiene within the Home Economics room.


This course enables students to learn about childcare and child development, pregnancy and neonatal care, as well as explore nutritional needs of the growing child. Students have the opportunity to produce soft toys and blankets for small children, as well as gain an understanding around the importance of play for children.

The “Real Care Baby” program is very popular amongst our students in Year 10. This is a stepping stone into a career of hospitality, fashion or child care.

Years 11 and 12

Children, Family and the Community 

This course is offered to students who are following the General pathway and it plays an important role in graduation requirements. It does not contribute to a tertiary entrance score.  The content of this course focuses on four main areas;

  • Exploring Human Development
  • Applying the Technology Process to meet Human Needs
  • Self Management and Interpersonal skills
  • Society and Support Systems

This course enables students the opportunity to produce their Days For Girls Project designs in year 12, and year 11’s have the opportunity to contribute to the beautiful production of the Patchwork quilt for Royal Flying Doctor Services amongst other creative, and interesting products within the wider community.

Food Science and Technology

This course is offered to students who are following the General pathway and it plays an important role in graduation requirements.  The contents focus on four main areas;

  • Understanding food
  • Developing food opportunities
  • Working in food environments
  • Understanding food in society

This course provides students with opportunities to develop their food related interests and understanding through the design and production of food related products, services and systems. Students are able to produce a range of products based on their assessment requirements, and nutritional needs. Students are given the opportunity to participate in a range of catering and fund raising events throughout the year.


Year 9 Cooking Class

March 27, 2015

The Year 9 Cooking class made this dish as a healthy snack  Fritters in the picture below were made by...

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