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 behaviours
  • Take control of their health and develop health promoting behaviours
  • 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 11 years our Home Economics 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 12 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. This year our Year 12 Textile group will take on this challenge as well. 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 fundraising events.


 Years 7

Food and Fibre Production

From Year 7, students have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge in food and nutrition.  Students will continue to learn basic and advance cooking techniques, developing and producing their own heathy meals and be aware of the food safety and hygiene practices.


Year 8

Food and Fibre Production

During year 8,., students continue to understand and develop the basic sewing skills and use a variety of fabrics to create their sewing projects. They are using social, environmental and economic demands to influence the design to produce a sustainable textile product.


The following courses are available as options from Year 9 to 12 students.

Years 9 &10

Food and Fibre Production

In year 9 & 10 students are able to learn both aspects Food and Textiles


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


In Fibre we cover Textiles aspects.  Students develop the skills required to use a sewing machine, over locker and CricutTM 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 variety of products such as Appliqué Cushions, Table Runners, Boxer shorts/Dresses and Aprons and many others.


Years 11 & 12

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 explore societal, lifestyle and economic issues that influence food choices. Students develop their expertise with technology skills to implement strategies to design food products. They select resources to meet performance requirements and use their evaluation strategies to produce a product of high standard. . 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 and environmental consciousness. 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 and environment in which they live. Throughout the year students are given the opportunity to plan, prepare, produce and evaluate several individual and group sewing projects such as tie-dye T-shirt, drawstring bag, garment of individual choice/ preference, upcycling denim project, and patchwork quilt for RFDS and sanitary kits for Days for Girls project and many more.