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École Riverside Secondary School
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
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Home Economics

Do you…
-have a passion for food or a flair for fashion?
-enjoy being with children or have a curiosity about families and what makes them great?
-want to learn about eating for a healthier lifestyle?
l-ike to design and make your own clothes?
-like to be creative and enjoy hands on activities?
-have a desire to learn new skills and techniques?

 If you answered yes, to any of the above, then Home Economics is for you! Our courses can help you meet graduation requirements, learn life long skills, provide an opportunity to explore career options, give you a chance to express your individuality and creativity and have fun all at the same time. Come join our dynamic department in learning new skills in the areas of food studies, textile studies, textiles arts and crafts, family studies, and child development. Home Economics is the PLACE YOU WANT TO BE! 


Home Ec. offers three subject areas. Their descriptions are below:

  1. Food Studies
  2. Textiles 
  3. Family Studies


It’s time you learned your way around the kitchen!  Surprise your family and friends with lots of delicious treats.  We have yummy breakfasts, terrific lunches, sensational snacks and delicious dinners on the menu. Principles of food preparation are introduced and applied with an emphasis on healthy food choices. We start simple and work up to all your favourites.  Grab an apron and join us in Food Studies 10.


This course is for everyone!  From those who have never set foot in the kitchen to the accomplished chefs out there.  With a quick review of the basics, it’s time for some real tasty treats.  Whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner, there is always something delicious happening in Food Studies 11.  Looking for a part time job in the food industry? Not only will you gain valuable food handling experience but you will also have the opportunity to be certified for the industry recognized FoodSafe program.


Do you enjoy cooking?  Are you willing to try new foods?  This advanced foods course will tingle your taste buds with new flavours.  Whether it’s food with a foreign flair or gourmet treats, you will experience advanced techniques designed to impress and create tasty treats.  Bon appetit!


Learn about the process of garment making—from design to marketing. Learn how to use a sewing machine, different hand sewing methods and more. Projects involve drawing designs in a sketchbook, creating thematic marketing projects, and learning sewing techniques while making their own garment designs and while following a commercially made pattern. Gain knowledge and experience with different fibres, and textiles. (Open to grades 9 to 12).​


Elaborate on the principles of design, inquire into careers of fashion designers, fashion history, and fashion marketing. Develop more complex sewing techniques. Sew from commercial patterns and make your own. This course relies heavily on inquiry-based projects: What do you want to make? Let’s find a way to make it happen. This is a great course for those considering continuing their studies in Fashion in post-secondary or for those who enjoy working with their hands to create wearable art. Completion of  Textiles 11 is required.​


WHERE DO I FIT? Family and Society 10 offers an opportunity for you to understand yourself and your relationships better.  This course explores family, community, values, beliefs, culture, self-concept, healthy relationships, stress management, and conflict resolution through a variety of avenues.  Participate in discussions, listen to lectures, watch videos, write journals, and create keepsake projects that you will keep for years to come such as your own Personal Scrapbook. Students will also have opportunities to put their new self-awareness into play by interacting within the community.​


BABIES, BOTTLES, DIAPERS, PINS, THIS IS WHERE THE FUN BEGINS! Everything you wanted to know about young children and more. Child Development 11 is an in-depth look at parenthood, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and the early school years. It examines the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of each stage. Along with theory, this course provides opportunity for hands-on projects and interactions with young children. Students also have the option of participating in the RealCare Baby program (parenting simulation with computerized baby) in which they experience parenthood first hand. This is a great course for anyone who hopes children will be part of their future, whether at home or as a career.


BE A PEOPLE PERSON! This course offers an opportunity to learn about relationships and build skills to maintain positive connections with others. You will explore communication, committed relationships, love, and marriage through a variety of activities including discussions, lectures, videos, projects (such as the Wedding Planning Project) and hands on activities. Students will also learn about careers in the field of Family Studies and will have opportunities to gain experience towards those potential careers through interaction within the community.



École Riverside Secondary School

2215 Reeve Street, Port Coquitlam BC
V3C 6K8
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