Alison Peterson - Head of Learning Area
The Home Economics department at Mercy College is a vibrant, dynamic and constantly changing environment, with courses designed to challenge the way students think about themselves and the wider community, whilst providing the life skills which will enable them to lead independent and meaningful lives.
The courses offered in Home Economics fall into three distinct categories:
Food and Hospitality:
Offered from Year 7-12, these classes teach students about healthy eating, food preparation and presentation, budgeting and food safety & hygiene whilst exposing them to a vast range of cuisines, cooking techniques and trends from around the world. A Certificate II in Hospitality course is available in Years 11 & 12 which can lead to a career in the hospitality industry.
Children, Family and the Community:
Offered from Years 9-12 the Children, Family and the Community courses are designed to equip the students with the knowledge, understanding and experience to interact with babies and young children – either in a work related field, as the parents of the future, or within their own families and communities.
In the Year 9-10 course, Caring for Children, students study a wide variety of topics, ranging from human conception, pregnancy and birth to early childhood development and care. In Year 11 and 12 the Children, Family and the Community General course focuses on factors that influence human development and the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities in contemporary Australia.
A Certificate II in Community Services (Childcare focus) is also available for study in Years 11 & 12 and provides a great stepping stone to a career with young children.
Fashion Design and Textiles:
Offered from Years 7 to 12, these classes enable students to learn how to sew using a sewing machine and allows them to design and make their own fashion items. A Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design & Technology is available for study in Years 11 and 12, which could lead to a career in the fashion industry or simply enable them to enjoy the rewards of making clothes they have designed themselves.