Otamatea High School
Otamatea High School
Otamatea High School
Otamatea High School


Technology Essential Learning Area

This exciting essential learning area prepares students to participate in society as citizens with a broad technological literacy and have access to technology related and high demand careers, according to the New Zealand Curriculum.

Please contact Martin North, HELA Technology, for more details martin.north@otamatea.school.nz


Equipment and Techniques

In our school we draw upon a wide range of skills to give students the opportunity to work with different materials and learn to use equipment and techniques particular to the speciality. In Year 7 and 8 students rotate from one area to the next to get an introduction and aim to achieve at level 3 of the curriculum. In Year 9 they get to choose options which run for a semester and in Year 10 the options are for a whole year. This prepares students to access level 6 of the curriculum in Year 11 and at the end of that gain NCEA Level 1. Some of the senior level courses are aimed at specific pathways such as Hospitality, Building or Engineering. Other courses also give students credits that count towards University Entrance such as Textiles Technology, Wood Technology, Computer Programming and Digital Media.


Overview of Technological Specialties and where it can lead to:

Speciality Senior Courses Possible outcomes
Digital Technology Digital Media
Computer Programming
University Entrance. Careers in Website Design, Web Development/Technical Production, Advertising.
University Entrance, Careers in IT and Programming.
Design and Visual Communication Engineering, Wood and Construction Trade industry standards. Careers in Architectural, Engineering, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Advertising and Media Graphics.
Food Technology Hospitality and Food Technology Trade industry standards. Careers in Hospitality and Food industries.
Metal Technology Engineering Technology Trade industry standards. Careers in Engineering and Automotive.
Wood Technology Wood Technology Construction

Trade industry standard. Careers in Building and Construction, Boat Building, Cabinet Making.
University Entrance. Careers in Product Design, Interior Design, Project Mangement.