Fairvale High School

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Computing studies


Head teacher: Ms Sue Smyth

Fairvale High School is in the unique position of having a designated Information and communications technology (ICT) faculty and Head Teacher. Fairvale High was the first school to roll out the D.E.R laptops in 2009 with Politicians Mrs Julia Gillard, Ms Verity Firth and Mr Joe Tripodi attending the launch.

In 2010 Fairvale High had 255 Year 10 students sitting the School Certificate Computer Skills examination. This was the largest candidature in NSW. Fairvale High is also a pilot and mentor school for many DET Computer and ICT initiatives.

Fairvale High is committed to providing all students with the essential ICT skills they need to be well equipped and prepared for the digital world of the 21st century. These skills are developed in numerous courses offered across the junior and senior year groups.

All students are also given access to the school E-Learning system which allows them to access resources and course materials any part of the day; at school and at home. This type of technology is the same that Universities have implemented within their institutions.

Stage 5

International software and technology

Students in Years 9 and 10 will learn about computer systems, networks, multimedia, artificial intelligence and coding as well as become proficient in the skills with computer use. The program has a theoretical component and a large practical component based on project work.

As part of this course students will:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of computer hardware and networks
  • Become a competent user of commercial software packages that include word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
  • Practice coding of intelligent systems such as robots and Microbit.
  • Create computer graphics using Adobe Suite.
  • Create simple computer games using block coding in Scratch block coding environment.
  • Design 3D environments using Sweet Home 3D software.
  • Design and print 3D objects using Autodesk Fusion 360 software.
  • Write, film and edit a short film/animation using Adobe Suite.
  • Develop basic websites using HTML and CSS.

Stage 6

Information processes and technology

What is the course about?

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn about information-based systems and how social, ethical and non-computer procedures resulting from the processes are considered. Students study different types of information systems and through project work and create their own information systems to meet identified needs.

  • The IPT stage 6 course teaches students about information systems.
  • It covers the process of collecting, organising, storing and retrieving, transmitting and receiving and displaying data as well as the technologies that support them.
  • With this background students will be well placed to adapt to new technologies as they emerge.

What can I do with this after I leave school?

On completion of this course, you will have a broad based knowledge of computer systems allowing you to consider a wide range of University and TAFE computing courses. Information systems and its functionality are emerging as exciting new areas of employment.

Stage 6 - software design and development

What is the course about?

SDD studies involves understanding the concepts and stages in the design and development of software projects, the social and ethical impacts of computer based solutions, how information is represented inside a computer, learning how to program in a windows environment, understanding computer based algorithms and considerable hands on programming with the aim of producing a computer based solution package. With this background students will be well placed to adapt to new technologies as they emerge.

Practical component of the course

The course involves the use of a range of computer languages such as Javascript, Alice 3 and Python to develop:

  • Websites
  • Basic Games
  • Data manipulation solutions

What can I do with this after I leave school?

On completion of this course you will have specialised programming knowledge allowing you to consider a broad spectrum of university and TAFE computing courses with a focus on computer programming, engineering and systems analysis.

Information and digital technology (VET – digital animation stream)

This 2 Unit VET course gives students a statement of attainment towards a Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology.
The course is offering the Digital Animation specialisation study.

As part of this course students will:

  • Use of commercial software packages such as Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Run standard diagnostics test and maintain computer systems.
  • Communicate effectively in the workplace.
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Develop 2D animation using Adobe Suite.
  • Create and animate 3D characters and objects using Blender 3D software.