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Food Technology & Hospitality

Tara’s Food Technology & Hospitality subjects provide a positive and informative experience for our students. The programs provide students with skills, interest and knowledge which enable them to respond and work within a rapidly changing word.

Food Technology is an elective subject in Years 9 to 12 where students learn about food related issues.  Some issues include the importance of good nutrition, sustainability and equity and food product development.  Improving the health of all Australians and reducing the burden of preventable diet-related death, illness and disability are important issues. Hospitality Students

Lessons are constantly modified and updated to reflect current trends in food preparation and presentation.  Students enjoy the opportunity to design, prepare, present, eat and share their own product.   Some of our practical lessons are modelled on popular TV shows such as MasterChef.  Technology is incorporated into each topic and learning tasks are designed to integrate ICT skills.

Some theory lessons are used for tasting and discussing various foods for example comparison of organic and non-organic foods as well as commercial meal replacements in comparison to home cooked meals. Year 11 Food Technology students extend their knowledge of the Australian Food Industry with a ‘behind the scenes’ visit to Bakers Delight at Carlingford  Such excursions link academic studies with real life scenarios.

Year 9 Food Technology classes will be following the International Baccalaureate Middle Years learning framework in 2018.  This is continuing on from the program taught in Years 7 and 8, in 2016 and 2017.

The Food Technology department participate in the Fun in Senior School Days during the year. Students who will be in Year 7 the following year participated in some fun cooking, making all shapes and sizes of shortbread biscuits and packaging them beautifully.  The girls enjoy having a snapshot of life in Tara Senior School Food Technology Department.

Hospitality is a course taught in Years 11 and 12 which is dual accredited resulting in a contribution towards the ATAR and also providing students with the opportunity to achieve Certificate II in Hospitality (Food and Beverage).  The Hospitality course is the same course as those being delivered at any TAFE College in Australia. Students have the opportunity to develop relevant technical, vocational and interpersonal competencies.  Both courses encourage lifelong skills and knowledge which may be passed on to future generations.  

At Tara we are study Hospitality (Food and Beverage). SIT20316 The Hospitality course is constantly being updated. Hospitality teachers have completed extensive training in the most up to date certificates.  The  Responsible Service of Alcohol course is also offered to all girls in Year 12 and is delivered by an outside trainer. The Association of Independent Schools is the registered training organisation involved with Tara for the delivery of hospitality.

70 hours of Work Placement are completed by all Hospitality students. This practical experience allows girls to witness and learn first-hand about the hospitality industry and many students are offered jobs at the respective venues. Students also complete service periods at School events such as the Parent Dinners. The Work Placement and Service elements are compulsory components of the Hospitality course.

Both Food Technology and Hospitality have constantly enjoyed excellent results in the HSC.  For the majority of students who do the course these subjects have been their best performing subjects for entrance into courses they wish to study at University. 


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