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outcomes. Many students were introduced to CAD modelling, which allowed them to continue their design and development from afar when unable to continue practical work at school. Senior students worked on a variety of interesting and challenging projects using several different materials. In Year 11, there was a focus on building key skills and techniques and gaining a better understanding of safe workshop practice. In Years 12 and 13, students had the option to specialise in either Materials Technology or Mechanical Engineering, with many opting for both. Whilst the former continued with a focus on design and development of more wood-based projects, the latter exposed students to mechanical engineering in a practical context that builds towards careers in the trades. Students also learnt to combine CNC equipment, CAD modelling, 3D printers and laser cutters, alongside existing workshop skills and processes. In addition, they were able to utilise the experience of our workshop technician and keen teaching staff during lunchtimes and on selected Sunday afternoons throughout the year. A number of boys successfully gained apprenticeship opportunities both alongside and after completing their Technology studies. Continuing the trend of providing educational opportunities to our feeder schools, the Technology department delivered a robust programme for Years 7 and 8 students from The Cathedral Grammar School every Wednesday afternoon. Led by teachers Kevin Harris and Carey Prebble, it introduced students to workshop safety, skills and techniques through the construction of storage caddies and birdhouses. Digital Technology In Digital Technology, students were exposed to a variety of different activities focused on computational thinking and the design and development of digital outcomes. They were challenged to change the way they think about problem solving,

and to consider future opportunities in an exponentially changing industry. Year 9 students gained an understanding of algorithms and programming through a dedicated robotics course that encourages teamwork, problem solving and design thinking. Students in Year 10 built on this knowledge, delving deeper into computational thinking and the design process. The various projects introduced students to a range of digital tools and skills, which included studies into binary, algorithms, programming, web development, robotics, and the relationship between computers and humans. Senior students continued to develop skills and knowledge in computer systems, programming and web development. At Year 13, a number of students persevered with unique and challenging personal projects that resulted in a range of outcomes – including a virtual reality horror game, a carbon footprint calculator programmed in Python, and a prototype for a 3D printed modular bladeless fan. These outcomes reflect the varied skills and interests of the students moving through the Digital Technology curriculum. Once again, all senior students successfully sat their DCAT exams in the relatively new approach to digital examinations for external assessment standards. These ran smoothly thanks to the help of the Digital Services team and the exam preparation completed earlier in the year. Design & Visual Communication Year 9 students were introduced to a range of different sketching and rendering techniques that they will build on in later years. In Year 10, students further developed their drawing skills, culminating in a range of different design projects. They honed their skills in freehand sketching, rendering, technical drawing, CAD modelling and scale modelling. The design process has proven popular with students, giving them the opportunity to use these skills to creatively design and develop their own solutions

to different design problems and opportunities. Senior students continued to develop skills in product and architectural design, using a range of sketching, rendering, and digital design techniques. They researched and gained influence from a range of prominent architects, designers and design eras. A key part of the Year 13 course is about presentation to an audience, and there was a diverse variety of projects on display around College that celebrated the skill and dedication of the hardworking senior students, including design outcomes for headphones, speakers, computer mice, and a range of architectural designs. As Technology continues to develop and adapt, I wish to thank my colleagues – Monique Ellis-Martin, Gavin Love, Kevin Harris, Carey Prebble, Sam Leary, and Eloise Nevin – for their ongoing dedication and commitment. Next year Gavin Love will step down as Technology Technician to focus on a part-time teaching position on the successful Mechanical Engineering course. Gavin’s leadership in this senior course has paved the way for growth in this subject area, with two classes at both Years 12 and 13 for 2020. We thank him for the dedication and perseverance he has shown in the technician role. Congratulations to Monique Ellis-Martin and Sam Leary, who will step into new areas of responsibility next year. Monique will become the Teacher in Charge of Design & Visual Communication, and Sam will become the Teacher in Charge of Workshop Technology. These responsibilities will allow for further assistance to the Head of Design & Technology in 2021.

Eloise Nevin HoD Design & Technology


Christ’s College Canterbury

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