Bush Primary Technology

Who are we?

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 Matthew Wood, who teaches Hard Materials Technology (metal, wood, plastics, electronics, jewelry making) and Mrs Tania McQueen-Davies, who teaches Food and Soft Materials Technology (cooking, food and nutrition, sewing, life skills).

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:










St Anthony’s


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.

09.30 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
10.00-10.40 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?

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:



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.

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


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