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Bream Bay College—Te Kura Tuarua o Whanga-ā-Tāmure

About Us

Digital Technologies is one of the six specialist knowledge and skills strands in Technology in the New Zealand Curriculum.
The six are:

  • Design in technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction and mechanical technologies
  • Design and visual communication
  • Digital technologies
  • Processing technologies

The Digital Technologies strand focuses on understanding, developing and using digital software, hardware and electronic systems across a range of contexts including school, the home and wider community settings. Students develop understandings and skills related to producing quality digital outcomes or environments.

The Technology learning area has been revised to strengthen the positioning of digital technologies in The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. This is for all students from year 1–13. Students have the opportunity to specialise from year 11–13. The goal of this change is to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to become digitally capable individuals. The change provides a greater focus on students building their skills so they can be innovative creators of digital solutions, moving beyond solely being users and consumers of digital technologies. In 2020, the Ministry of Education expects that schools will be using the revised learning area to provide students with even broader opportunities to learn in and about technology, informed by the new content around computational thinking and designing and developing digital outcomes.

In the Technology Learning area there are two new technological areas:

  • Computational thinking for digital technologies – Students will develop an understanding of computer science principles that underlie all digital technologies. They’ll learn core programming concepts so that they can become creators of digital technology, not just users.
  • Designing and developing digital outcomes – Students will learn how to design quality, fit-for-purpose digital solutions.

Bream Bay College is a Year 7–13 state co-educational school in Ruakaka, Northland. It was established on its present site in 1972.
Before this, the school was called Waipu District High School and was located in the township of Waipu. School History.

In 2014, we celebrated 75 years of secondary education in Bream Bay.

Just 30km south of Whangarei City, Bream Bay College serves the communities of Ruakaka, Waipu, One Tree Point, Takahiwai and Mata.

For more information, please check out the Bream Bay College website.

This website was developed by Peter Sim, teacher in charge of Digital Technologies at Bream Bay College until 2017. It is now maintained and updated by the current teacher in charge of Digital Technologies at Bream Bay College, Emma Scobie-Jennings.

The website is written in PHP with a MySQL database. It also uses the Bootstrap 3 responsive framework.
The news ticker on the home page is jQuery WebTicker—thank you, Jon Mifsud.

The reason for creating a new website in this environment is that the old one had only hard-coded HTML pages which have to be individually edited for every update.

The plan is that the new website will have links to the student resources in a database, so that adding new resources will only require database updates.

The website features amazing photos of the local scenery. Several of them were shot by Vicki Holton of SouthPaw Photography. Thanks heaps, Vicki.

The website utilises the school colours of red and yellow. The red (#C80000) is from the McFarlane tartan, while the yellow (#E8C000) is from the McLeod tartan.
See the Tartans page on our school website for the significance of these tartans.

The main fonts used on the website are Bree Serif for headings and Open Sans for body text. Both are from Google Fonts.
Not only is Bree Serif an attractive-looking slab-serif font, the descenders on lowercase g and y look like fish hooks which are symbolic to the history of this area.
Open Sans is crisp, clear and works well with Bree Serif.