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workshop skills and processes. In addition to regular classes, boys have been able to utilise the experience of our workshop technician and keen teaching staff during lunchtimes and on selected Sunday afternoons throughout the year. The Technology Department has continued to deliver technology to Year 7 and 8 students from The Cathedral Grammar School, leading them through the design process and workshop safety awareness, and introducing them to the workshop environment. The students develop skills in design, wood and metalwork, taught through the creation of storage caddies and birdhouses, and hone their skills in marking out and cutting of rebate joints, drilling, gluing, screwing and integrating digital design using laser engraving. Digital Technology In Digital Technology, students have been exposed to a variety of different activities focused on computational thinking and the design and development of digital outcomes. They have been challenged to change the way they think about problem solving and to consider future opportunities in an exponentially changing industry. Junior courses have involved both independent and group work, to better echo the agile approach of software development teams. Year 9 students have gained an understanding of the key components of computer systems and software through studies in binary, algorithms, encryption, and ASCII coding, while also gaining practical experience through programming, robotics, web development, and digital design projects. Students in Year 10 have built on this knowledge in a full- year course that delves deeper into computational thinking and the design process. Their projects have dealt with the relationship between computers and humans, augmented and virtual reality, online gaming, programming, and web development. Senior students have continued to develop skills and knowledge in computer systems, programming, and web development. Projects

have been developed using agile methodologies to better align with software engineering approaches, encouraging cyclic testing and development. In alignment with the new Digital Technologies curriculum, all senior students sat their external examinations in the newly introduced DCAT digital format. This was rolled out nationwide, with students completing one or two external standards on computers over a three-hour period in Term 4. Thanks to Technology staff and student leaders, students were able to follow their passion with a number of co- curricular activities, including the robotics and coding clubs held during lunchtimes and after school. Design & Visual Communication Year 9 students have all experienced an introduction to drawing and design and those following through with their studies in Year 10 have further developed their drawing skills to culminate in two design projects. These required hand drawings, CAD drawings, and scale models. The design process has proved popular

with students, giving them the opportunity to use traditional model building skills, sketching, rendering, and CAD work to develop drawings for presentation, laser cutting, and 3D printing of components. Senior students have continued to develop skills in product and architectural design, using a range of sketching, rendering, and digital design. Students gathered influence from prominent architects, designers and design eras. Presentation of work to an audience has been a key aspect of the Year 13 course. This year, a diverse variety of projects on display around the College campus celebrated the skill and dedication of the hardworking senior students. As technology moves forward, none of this would be possible without the dedication and ongoing commitment of the Technology team – Monique Ellis-Martin, Gavin Love, Kevin Harris, Carey Prebble, Eloise Nevin, Sam Leary and Paul Rodley. Congratulations to Paul, Eloise and Monique, who were selected to take part in the


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