Home Economics has the well-being of people as its central focus. Studies in this subject area will concentrate upon how people act and interact in their daily lives: at work, at school, at home and in the community. There are many challenges for individuals and families as they live and work in today’s dynamic and diverse society. Home Economics encourages personal independence and living effectively for both now and the future in situations relating to food and nutrition, human development and relationships, living environments and textiles.
Home Economics is an OP academic subject with a strong practical component. The reasoning processes, understandings and attitudes developed in this course of study are those which are fundamental to effective functioning in a wide range of life roles. Students are encouraged to consider issues relating to the well-being of individuals and families from a range of perspectives, such as social, cultural, political, legal, historical, environmental, economic and ethical perspectives.
The subject Hospitality Practices (non-OP) comprises both general and vocational components and provides students with a range of practical and interpersonal skills suited to working life and employment within the hospitality industry.
Early Childhood Studies (non-OP) provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge and practical skills related to the childcare industry, with the main emphasis on the importance of quality childcare practices for the well-being of young children. Students may learn about, for example, human development, the needs and rights of children, the value of play, concepts of childhood, the role of parents, the importance of families, behaviour management, special needs, workplace health and safety, industry practice and expectations and legislation and ethical issues.