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Home economics


​At Nerang State High School, our Home economics department offers a range of subjects that focus on individuals and families within society and the way they promote well being.

The areas of personal and family living studied in the junior school are expanded in the senior school to include community and work roles. Studies integrate areas of food and nutrition, human development and relationships, living environments and textiles.

As a subject area, we take a "hands on" approach to challenge students to develop practical skills, knowledge and the ability to make and communicate informed decisions on issues which impact on their health and well being.

We have a unique place in the school curriculum with opportunities to work with other subject areas, administration, parents, community and industry through a range of functions and competitions to help promote our students, our subject and our school.


Living and working effectively within dynamic, diverse and global societies presents challenges for individuals, families and communities. These challenges may include:

  • Selecting and preparing nutritious foods from complex and changing food markets.

  • Establishing and maintaining a diverse range of effective interpersonal and family relationships.

  • Making informed, responsible and ethical consumer decisions about new products that become available because of changing technologies and lifestyles.

  • Balancing personal, family and work responsibilities with leisure.

  • Resolving the influences of peer pressure, body image, economics, marketing and media when selecting clothing and textiles.

Global aims

Students in Home economics aim to develop:

  • knowledge and understanding of the diversity of individuals and families, and of the basic needs that underpin their well-being

  • knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles, processes and practices related to food, textiles and living environments

  • understand of the range of contexts, perspectives and issues that influence individual and family well-being

  • reasoning processes that are fundamental to critical and effective participation in a range of life roles related to food, textiles and living environments

  • skills and understandings to take informed, practical action that promotes the well-being of individuals and families in the contexts of food, textiles and living environments

  • commitment to active, informed and collaborative participation to promote the well-being of individuals and families.

Course organisation

Home economics - Year 8 to 12

Hospitality - Year 10 to 12

Catering / Hospitality practices - Year 10 to 12

Early Childhood - Year 11 to 12