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 Who are we?

Tim Tania

Bush Primary Schools’ Technology Centre provides quality Technology education to Year 7 and Year 8 students in the Tararua region. 

The centre is run by two experienced teachers – Mr Tim Swale, who teaches Hard Materials Technology (metal, wood, plastics, electronics, jewellery making) and Mrs Tania McQueen-Davies, who teaches Food and Soft Materials Technology (cooking, food and nutrition, sewing, life skills).

Where are we located?

Located at the rear of Tararua College in Pahiatua, Bush Primary Schools’ Technology Centre is a modern, purpose built facility with a beautiful rural outlook that was completed in 2002.  The centre comprises of a large hard materials workshop, a central resource area/wet weather play area, a large, seven kitchen Food Technology classroom with a Soft Materials area, and an entrance lobby that comprises of a lunch area, bag storage and toilet/hand washing facilities.

What schools attend?

Bush Primary Tech provides Technology education to 11 schools in the local area who attend for an entire day once a fortnight.  Currently these schools are:

  • Alfredton
  • Ballance
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  • Kumeroa
  • Makuri
  • Mangatainoka
  • Pahiatua
  • Papatawa
  • Pongaroa
  • St Anthony's
  • Woodville

How does the day run?

Students attend 18 Technology sessions over a year – nine Hard Materials lessons, and nine Food and Soft Materials Technology lessons.





Students arrive by bus

 (apart from Pahiatua School who walk)

09.30-10.00 Theory related to the days’ unit of work with particular focus on background information related to the days topic and the Technology Process

Teachers demonstrate the necessary skills required for the day’s project, followed by students working on their individual or group creations

10.40-11.00 Morning tea – indoor and outdoor play equipment provided
11.00-12.30 Students continue working on their products with assistance and advice from their teachers if required
12.30-13.00 Lunch
13.30-14.15 Completion of projects, clean-up, evaluation and assessment, end of day quiz
14.15 Return to school


Can we visit?

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Yes! We would love to see you.  If you are a parent of a current Year 7/8 student who attends Bush Primary Technology you are more than welcome to pop in and see your child in action on the day they attend.  The best time is between 11.00-12.30 to ensure you see them completing practical work.

If you are the parent of a younger child who is due to attend in the coming year, please contact the college on 06 376 8344 and make an appointment. This ensures we are available to show you around and answer your questions.

Principals and teachers of contributing schools are also encouraged to visit with their students and see first-hand what occurs on a typical Technology day.  It would be great to see you all in person.

How do we contact you?

If you have queries or concerns regarding Bush Primary Technology you can contact us on:

Phone 06 376 8344 and ask for Primary Tech. 

If we are teaching please leave a message with your name and contact number and we will return your call

You can email us directly at:

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More information:

We have a Facebook page ‘Bush Primary Tech’ where we post information, photos and recipes relating to all the units we cover throughout the year.  Please click below for specific info:

  • The units of work we will be covering in 2020 and the 2020 calendar so you know when your child is next due to visit:

  • Background information about your Primary Tech teachers

We are passionate about teaching Technology and look forward to teaching your children.  We hope to meet you all really soon – Tim and Tania.

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Start of Year Details for 2020.

I would like to confirm the start dates for the 2020 year in order for you to enter them on your calendar.

All Year 11, Year 12 and 13 students who have not confirmed their courses are required to come to school briefly on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 January to confirm their courses for 2020. Course confirmation will take place from 9am - 12noon in the Library.

Year 13 Leadership Programme will run from Monday 2until Wednesday 29 January here at the College.

The first day for Year 9 students will be on Tuesday 29 January, please meet in the bus park at 8.50am, where they will be welcomed to school with a Pōwhiri. Students are to wear their college uniform and bring pens, paper, appropriate PE shorts, top, swimming togs and a towel.

Students from all year levels, families/whānau are welcome to attend the Pōwhiri.

All year 9, 10 and 13 students will be at school on Wednesday 29 January.  All students are to report to the school hall at 8.50am.

The first day for Year 11 & 12 students will be on Thursday 30 January.  This means that all year levels will have started. Students need to bring pens, paper and an appropriate school bag, ready to begin lessons.

All students are to be in correct, clean uniform and approved footwear.

If you haven't already ordered your uniform, please contact Kami Flitten at the college on 376 8344 ext. 213. Pre-ordered uUniforms will be available for collection from 21 January. 

A reminder that piercings are to be removed or a clear plastic retainer used, and hair must be of a reasonable style and natural colours with no shaved patterns.

School will start at 8.50am and finish at 3pm.

Please contact the school if you have any questions regarding any of the above.  The school office is open 9 - 4.30pm until 13 December and will reopen on Tuesday 21 January 2020.