Home Economics

The Home Economics Department aims to meet the current needs of students and to prepare them for life after school. Being well resourced we are able to offer comprehensive courses to senior levels in:

  • Food and Nutrition
  • Hospitality
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Textile Technology
  • Childcare and Development

This is a significant advantage to students who learn best in a practical environment as it offers opportunity and success for all, and valid vocational career pathways. Junior students at Kaikorai Valley College also experience broad learning opportunities within Food and Health, Technology and Textiles.

Home Economics based courses develop a student’s understanding of what influences the well-being of themselves and others and how the choices people make affect their future. They are able to gain perspectives on how to identify needs, to problem solve and creatively develop ideas to enhance their environment.

Learning is based on Health promotion models and The Technology Process which are explored through theoretical and practical experiences designed to develop essential life skills.

Junior Foods Programmes

Junior Foods courses in particular focus on the skills required to make healthy choices around food. Topics are chosen to match the developmental needs of the age group, for example year 8 students explore the importance of Calcium in the diet during a time of rapid bone growth and development. The independence of year 9 students is recognised through learning the skills required to evaluate healthy snack choices.

Senior Foods Programmes

There are three main types of Food based senior courses which allows students opportunities to develop practical vocational food handling, interpersonal and life skills.

Food and Nutrition

The food and nutrition courses at year 11 and 12 are based on internal and external NCEA standards. It includes development of practical food handling skills and a more comprehensive understanding of the role of food in good health and society.

Independent Living Skills

These courses are offered at year 11 and 12. At year 11 this course offers a more practical Foods focus without external examinations. At year 12, while there is still a food base to the programme, the focus broadens to include other topics required for independent living such as flatting and consumer skills.


Hospitality is a vocationally focussed programme, usually offered at year 13, which provides an excellent skill base for those considering entering the hospitality industry.

Junior Technology -Textiles Programmes

All students in years 7 and 9 undertake modules in Technology -Textiles. Through practical experiences and theory classes on the Technology process, students explore and develop their creativity and gain confidence and skill in problem solving, using equipment and construction. These experiences create a useful base for developing personal interests and preparation for full time studies in year 10 and above.

Senior Technology –Textiles Programmes

Kaikorai Valley College offers full year courses in Textile Technology in years 11, 12 and 13.

All courses work through the technology process as students identify and research needs, then explore possible solutions and generate conceptual designs. The ability to problem solve allows students to learn practical construction skills to create outcomes that meet needs. Alongside the technological approach students are able to develop their creativity and awareness of the aesthetic side of life. These courses can lead to careers in the fashion or other creative industries requiring problem solving and working with people. The practical skills gained reinforce self-esteem and provide valuable skills for future living.

Childcare and Development

All students require preparation for future roles including rearing and educating children as a parent or a trained educator or teacher.

The full year Childcare and Development course for year 12 or 13 students allows them to discover and understand how society works to provide contexts where children can thrive. Students learn to assess the needs of children and gain awareness of how they can contribute to their development.