Aims & Ethos
Our aim is to provide the highest quality of learning and teaching for all our pupils. The focused work of the department is based around encouraging good practice in design, planning and preparation, and carrying out practical activities. Pupils work with both food and fabric in S1 and S2 and then specialise in food in S3-6.We aim to teach our young people important life skills which will allow them to successfully live not only as individuals and as part of a family, but also to allow them to go onto to develop successful careers in the food industry.
The Scottish Food Industry has an annual turnover of £13.9 billion, with an export value of £5.1bn, employing an estimated 360,000 people, making it one of the largest sectors in Scotland. Studying Home Economics can benefit you to pursue a number of careers at all levels across this sector. See attached booklet with career information here.
A number of former pupils are now studying and working in the food industry.
A variety of courses are offered at qualification level including National 5/Higher Health and Food Technology and National 4/5 Hospitality. In S3 we offer the nationally recognised REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate. We are continually looking for ways to raise achievement and attainment, developing courses and new recipes which will enthuse and interest our young people.
The Department has succsssfully established links with the local community e.g. Windlestrae Hotel, and with the food industry e.g. Seafood Scotland, Sainsbury, Sodexho. We also have close links with Andrew Scott, Heaven Scent and Emma Niven, Loch Levens Larder.
Pupils have the opportunity to come along and take part in a number of extra curricular activities such as cookery clubs - " Come Dine With Me", "Big Cook Little Cook", take part in cookery competitions - "Springboard Future Chef", or join us on a trips such a the Royal Highland Show.
In order to ensure consistency we supply all food stuffs and containers for pupils to transport food home, for which there is an annual contribution requested. We try to keep this as low as possible and hope that you feel that it represents good value for money. Without this contribution we would not be able to offer your child the amount of practical cookery that we do. We regularly hear from pupils/parents/carers that they value this part of their school week. Payments should be made via Parent Pay, either in full or in installments through the school year. For session 2017/18 the contributions requested are:
S1 - £30.00
S2 - £15.00
S3 - £40.00
S4 Practical Cookery - £55.00 plus an additional £10 for those going onto sit National 5 exam.
S5/6 Health & Food Technology - £15.00
S5/6 Practical Cake Craft - £65.00
We take food safety very seriously and encourage pupils to leave food in the school chill until the end of the school day, when it can be collected to take home. Please ensure that food is reheated thoroughly until piping hot.
We take our responsibility to pupils with allergies very seriously, and ask that if your child suffers from a food related allergy that you ensure that you notify the school through the Guidance staff. When notified we will provide copies of recipes that your child will use throughout the school year, and work with you to identify any possible problem areas. We will always try to offer an alternative ingredient/recipe/separate equipment to ensure that your child is not excluded from any practical cookery lessons.
If your child is vegetarian or has any other specific dietary requirements we would appreciate it if you could let us know via Guidance staff to allow us to plan ahead to offer alternative ingredients e.g. non meat alternatives such as Quorn.
We promote a "love food, hate waste" philosophy and ask that you encourage your child to collect and bring their cooking home, and not leave it in the school chill. The school chill is cleared out on a Wednesday and on a Friday, with any food left behind being placed in the food recycling bin.