Food Enterprise and Child Development (FECD)
Food Enterprise and Child Development aims to empower our students in a supportive environment to develop personal and social skills. This area covers a broad range of industry and study areas including food and hospitality, child studies, nutrition and wellbeing, personal development, cake making and coffee culture.
Engagement in the Food Enterprise and Child Development curriculum will encourage critical and creative thinking, team work, ethical understanding, decision making and making healthy, safe choices.
There are some compulsory subjects within Food Enterprise and Child Development in year 8 and year 9. These subjects are Food Studies and Personal Development in year 8 and Nutrition and Wellbeing in year 9. These subjects incorporate child protective practices and information around the impact of drug and alcohol, sexual health, the importance of healthy eating habits and kitchen safety. As part of Personal Development, students will also study Mental Health First Aid with a qualified trainer to understand the mental health issues and support structures that are available.
Students also have a choice of elective subjects in year 8 including confident cookery, dessert making, sewing and textiles and multicultural cuisine.
From year 10 onwards, Food Enterprise and Child Development are elective subjects and include Cake Decorating, Hospitality, Child Studies and Clothing and Textiles. Students also have the option of enrolling in Coffee Culture which incorporates barista training. In this subject, students run a café within the school and sell coffee, smoothies and hot chocolate to staff enabling them to gain skills in being a barista, food handling and customer service skills. There is also the opportunity to study Certificate II in Kitchen Operations.
In the senior years, Stage 1 and Stage 2 students can study Food and Hospitality and Child Studies.