Home Economics

Home Economics staff at KSHS provide 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 – During the past 10 years, our skillful Year 10 and 11 classes have been making a beautiful patchwork quilt. This is then donated to the Royal Flying Doctors Service who auctions it off as part of 1st prize in their annual fund raising raffle. This year our Year 11 Textile group will take on this challenge.

Days for Girls – Every year since 2014, our sewing perfectionist Year 12 Children, Family and the Community students produce two recyclable sanitary kits. These are donated to the international charity Days for Girls. We, in collaboration with Rotary International, have been providing these items to women and teenage girls in need in third world countries.

Apex Australia Teenage Fashion & Arts (AAFTA) – KSHS is an active participant in the annual AAFTA Fashion Youth Festival. This event is a unique opportunity for our students with a 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 9 to 12 students develop their skills in Textiles and Fashion throughout the years and selected students compete in Day 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. KSHS students and staff regularly participate in the annual show where their Art and Craft expertise is recognised by winning many prizes and appreciations.

Catering – Throughout the year, students participate in providing catering for different events in school where they gain valuable experience and life skills. For example, Get Up and Go Day, ACE morning and afternoon teas, Rotary International dinner, Valediction Ceremony and many others.


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 and nutrition techniques, developing and producing their own heathy lunches. 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.


The following 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 Labels 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 Cushions, Boxer shorts/Dresses and Aprons. The cooking activities in class assist students to formulate valuable life skills in food preparation as well as understanding nutrition, safety and hygiene within the Home Economics room.

Years 11 & 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. 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 and they 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.

Materials Design and Technology TEXTILES

Materials Design and Technology (Textiles) General is a practical course. This course aims to prepare all students for a future in a technological and material world by providing the foundation for lifelong learning about how products are designed and how materials are developed and used. The content of this course focuses on four main areas;

  • Technology process
  • Understanding the use of materials
  • Using technology skills
  • Understanding materials, society and the environment

This will enhance and complement the knowledge and skills developed within the course as many modern-day products are manufactured using a range of different material types. Students examine social and cultural values and the short-term and long-term impacts of the use and misuse of materials and associated technologies. Through this inquiry, experimentation and research, students develop their creativity and understanding of the society in which they live.