The home economics department opened its new facilities in 2013. The Forbes building seen the introduction of the state of the art equipment with which students can develop their skills.
Home economics is more than just ‘cooking’. Students have the opportunity to examine key concepts in relation to healthy eating, home and family life and consumer issues. This incorporates areas of nutrition, practical cookery, science, family life, finances and the management of resources. This curriculum skills young people to make positive choices for adult life and for life-long learning.
Home economics is delivered to year 9 and 10 at KS3. We also currently offer KS4 CCEA GCSE Food and Nutrition.
The focus in the curriculum is healthy eating. Shimna offers a ‘Shimna Bakers’ Club in which students can tantalise their sweet tooth and extend their baking skills.
Every year we have the Livestock and Meat Commission demonstrate their cooking techniques and highlight the importance of using local farm quality produce.
Students also enjoy a presentation from various speakers from Tasty Careers NI. The students are given an insight into the potential opportunities within the Food and Agricultural Sector within Northern Ireland and the relevance of studying food and nutrition at GCSE.
What we do well
In addition to the high quality education students receive, they gain the knowledge and skills to prepare and cook a wide variety of dishes.