The Design & Technology team are committed to a secure, and caring working environment through an education which leads to an enrichment of mind and body as was envisaged by Edmund Rice. The department aims to prepare the pupils for their long difficult passage through life with true Christian values. Pupils are encouraged to develop their problem solving skills, creativity, flexibility, visual awareness through the use of technology and design in solving problems.

Technology & Design is taught to all pupils from Year 8 to Year 10. During this time the pupils cover a wide range activities and topics which include:
• Health & Safety in the workshop
• Electronics
• Materials (Wood, Plastic & Metals)
• Welding
• Computers (Information Communication Technology)
• CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled)
• CAD (Computer Aided Design)
Pupils are encouraged to express their creativity and design ideas in the manufacturing of practical projects. This year after designing and developing their ideas, Year 9 pupils produced Bird Boxes and Feeders placing them on trees within the school campus. 
Complementing pupils interest in Technology and Design, Enterprising students from Belfast schools were guests of honour at a special ‘Enterprise Showcase' organised by CCEA and presented by UTV's Julian Simmons. Year 9 students at St Colm's High School, St Louise's Comprehensive College and St Gemma's High School have been busy developing their own enterprising ideas for a new product or service to benefit their school or local community. Through their participation in the ‘Ready Steady Enterprise' programme, Year 9 students have been working in groups to develop and implement business plans for a range of enterprising initiatives. The programme aims to develop their creativity, teamwork and entrepreneurial skills.  The ‘Enterprise Showcase' in the Millennium Community Centre gave these budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to use IT, Art and Drama to present their ideas to other students, teachers, and business representatives.
The assessment of Technology & Design is through formal tests, set by the department, at five stages throughout the academic year. Progress of the pupils will also be assessed throughout the year via homework’s and the completion of practical projects within the classroom environment. 

At the end of Year 10 (KS3) pupils may choose BTEC.First Award in Engineering (2013 Specifications) from the T&D Department as one of their KS4 options. This creates a pathway to Post 16 study within the department allowing for continuity into BTEC National Award (Subsidiary Diploma) Engineering presently being delivered. These awards cover a range of engineering related topics such as Welding, Materials CAD and Health & Safety. This route further creates opportunities to progress into HNC/D at Further and Higher Education Providers such as College and University. As a department, Technology & Design encourages success in a range of related topics such as Literacy, Numeracy and the development of pupils' natural creativity.

St Mary's College offered a technology challenge to local schools and CBS were glad to accept their offer. All the pupils enjoyed the field trip and were very impressed with the facilities on hand. The day was very successful culminating in the presentation of certificates to all pupils.



©2010 Christian Brother's School - Glen Road   |   Child Protection Act Created by DarkHost Studios