Practical Arts


​Years 9 & 10

Food and Fibre Production – Elective subject

Students achieve a broad understanding of food selection, preparation and presentation for use in the home and the hospitality industry. They will focus on the planning and preparation of tasty, healthy, budget foods which can form part of the everyday diet of students' families. Students also explore the area of textiles, garment and fabric care, fashion trends and sewing to develop skills from basic to more advanced.

Years 11 & 12

Food & Nutrition - General Senior Subject (ATAR)

Food & Nutrition is the study of food in the context of food science, nutrition and food technologies, considering overarching concepts of waste management, sustainability and food protection. Students explore the chemical and functional properties of nutrients to create food solutions that maintain the beneficial nutritive values.  This knowledge is fundamental for continued development of a safe and sustainable food system that can produce high quality, nutritious solutions with an extended shelf life.   Student studies of the food system include the sectors of production, processing, distribution, consumption, research and development. They actively engage in a food and nutrition problem-solving process to create food solutions that contribute positively to preferred personal, social, ethical, economic, environmental, legal, sustainable and technological futures.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (VET)

Students can obtain a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care while still at school via a partnership between Alexandra Hills SHS and the Registered Training Organisation, Cairns Training Academy. The course consists of 18 competency-based units incorporating practical vocational placement and theory work booklets.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is required to be an educator at an Early Childhood Education and Care Centre. Students can also have the Certificate acknowledged through Mutual Recognition, when enrolling to complete a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care reducing the length of the course significantly. With a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, students are able to be a Lead Educator in a childcare centre.

Hospitality Practices - Applied Senior Subject (Vocational)

Hospitality Practices develops knowledge, understanding and skills about the hospitality industry and emphasises the food and beverage sector, which includes food and beverage production and service. Students develop an understanding of hospitality and the structure, scope and operation of related activities in the food and beverage sector and examine and evaluate industry practices from the food and beverage sector.  Students develop skills in food and beverage production and service. They work as individuals and as part of teams to plan and implement events in a hospitality context. Events provide opportunities for students to participate in and produce food and beverage products and perform service for customers in real-world hospitality contexts.​

Last reviewed 19 April 2021
Last updated 19 April 2021