Hard Materials – Wood

Kia-Ora Team, 

Welcome to Hard Materials technology – Wood and Metal

Your Hard Materials teachers this year are Joe Carey (0.6) and Gavin Dodunski-Wiid (0.4).

In this room students will be challenged to learn various techniques and skills that will enable them to solve practical real world problems. The hard materials room is a dangerous environment with many tools designed to cut so safety is very important. This requires personal responsibility. A room full of sharp objects is safe until someone steps onto them. 

This means that, along with learning practical problem solving skills, students will learn valuable skills to keep themselves out of harm’s way. Consider this room’s environment a stage for students to challenge themselves and discover ways of interacting with the material world within a supportive context.

Guided by the New Zealand technology curriculum, students will grow their skills across all core subject areas as they use a combination of skills and knowledge to produce solutions to technological problems.

Joe Carey says:

“As their teacher in Hard Materials technology, I have a passion for student learning and growing our youth to achieve success. I believe in working with the students to foster a desire to become lifelong learners. It’s not always easy in the workshop but with a bit of hard work and determination, students can successfully be as creative as they like.”

Gavin Dodunski-Wiid says:

“I believe the classroom should be a place full of creativity, imagination, practical exploration and inquiry. As a teacher my challenge is to negotiate a trusting cooperative partnership with each student to facilitate this. This can be achieved by promoting ownership of the learning experience through an interactive approach and good management that negotiates classroom boundaries around the concept of respect for ourselves, for others and the workshop environment.”


Nga mihi nui

Joe Carey and Gavin Dodunski-Wiid