Consumer Studies

All good things must come to an end in Consumer Studies.

All good things must come to an end in Consumer Studies.

At the end of August the Grade 12 Consumer class of 2020 performed their last practical with me in the kitchen. This practical is the culmination of weeks worth of work, including market research and concept development.  The girls had to come up with a product that would be suitable to sell at an outdoor movie night held by a[Read More…]

The show must go on in Consumer Studies.

The show must go on in Consumer Studies.

The Grade 12 Consumer Studies students managed to fulfill all social distancing criteria whilst doing their second last practical of their school careers – their PAT first production.  The prac was their first attempt at a product that they believe filled a gap in the market and fulfilled certain skills and techniques prescribed by the IEB for a Grade 12[Read More…]

Grade 11 venture into plant based cooking and eating!

Grade 11 venture into plant based cooking and eating!

There is such a huge emphasis on plant based cooking and eating these days that I thought it would a good idea to introduce the Grade 11 ‘s to this concept. We started this journey by making Red Bean curry.  Many of the learners had not even tasted tinned red beans and so that was something new too. The curry[Read More…]

Consumer Studies off to a roaring start!

Consumer Studies off to a roaring start!

Consumer Studies Grade 10 and 11 students showed me their skills last week, and I was impressed.  The students were invited to do a practical of their choice that would showcase their abilities. They really impressed me with the way in which they helped each other and worked together as a kitchen brigade.  Some of them displayed very impressive skills[Read More…]

One week into exams and things are looking good.

One week into exams and things are looking good.

Almost a full week into their first set of FET High School exams, and the Grade 10’s are taking the whole situation in their stride. The exams are a lot longer in Grade 10, some of them up to 3 hours in length.  The other major difference is that the exams counts 75 % of the term mark and the[Read More…]

Biscuits up for grabs!

Biscuits up for grabs!

Consumer Studies has started with a bang this year.  The Grade 11 students did very well and baked over 150 Chocolate Choc-Chip biscuits for a promotion at the Sun Valley Primary School Grade 6 Assembly.  We set up a very successful production line and the batch production concept from Business Studies was seen very clearly. In Consumer Studies in Grade[Read More…]

by February 28, 2019 Consumer Studies, High School
2018 PAT draws to an end.

2018 PAT draws to an end.

The Grade 12’s did their final Consumer Studies Practical during the June exams.  It was part of the PAT process and they really did a good job.  They had to come up with an original product for a high tea, covering certain practical skills that they have learnt since Grade 10 in the practical side of Consumer Studies. The criteria[Read More…]

High Tea at the award winning Vineyard Hotel

High Tea at the award winning Vineyard Hotel

As a treat and an educational experience, the Grade 12 Consumer students were treated to High Tea at the 4 star award winning Vineyard Hotel in Claremont.  Their Practical Assessment task this year is to come up with a product suitable for a high tea. In order to give them first hand experience of this kind of function, we booked for[Read More…]

And we start 2018 with a culinary BANG!

And we start 2018 with a culinary BANG!

The Grade 11’s had their first practical of 2018 today and it was a great success.  I always tell them that their first practical is a time for them to show off and show me what they can do.  Rachel made chicken skewers and a Thai inspired peanut butter dipping sauce and baked garlicky broccoli.  Findlay made Chicken Milanese with[Read More…]

Consumer Studies off to a flying start in Term Three.

Consumer Studies off to a flying start in Term Three.

The third term has had a tremendous start.  The Grade 11 Consumer Studies class baked bread and I was rather impressed with the results.  The bread made the entire school smell like Albany and made many mouths water.  I started with this practical as it is one of the skills/techniques that is required for a Grade 12, and was the[Read More…]