The Science Department offers a comprehensive and diverse programme. It is designed to stimulate and equip our students with a sense of wonderment, curiosity, knowledge and life-enhancing skills. These attributes are encouraged by a staff that is enthusiastic, well qualified, experienced, and dedicated to offering a quality science programme to students.
The programme is delivered in well-equipped, modern, purpose-built laboratories with extensive computing capabilities. Our students are encouraged to participate in a range of science-related activities and competitions in which they consistently achieve excellent results whilst gaining a great deal of enjoyment.
The Science curriculum for Years 7 to 10 covers three strands: Science Understanding, Science as Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills, to help students develop a scientific view of the world. Under the Science Understanding strand, students look at a variety of content within the sub-strands of Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences and Physical Sciences. In Years 11 and 12, students select courses including Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, and Physics.
Years 7 to 10
In Years 7 to 10, Science is designed to provide relevant and interesting courses, to extend general education and to provide a sound basis for studying science at Year 11 and 12 levels. The science courses emphasise the idea of 'working scientifically' as a means of introducing students to the processes and rigours of science. Our first aim is to develop confidence, basic scientific skills and knowledge, ways of learning and an enjoyment of the subject.
In Years 7 and 8, all classes undertake a common, integrated course, which incorporates knowledge and scientific skills and relates them to everyday experiences. At the end of Year 8, students will be recommended into one of two science courses in Year 9 or may be offered a place in the Science Extension class.
In addition to the core Science, students in Year 9 and 10 can also opt to study Environmental Science and Marine Science.
Students are involved in investigating and solving some of the environmental problems that currently face the local community: conserving natural resources, waste management, energy conservation, reducing pollution, endangered species, water use, landcare, wildlife care and ecotourism. Numerous excursions and camps are held throughout the year where students are given an opportunity to get involved in applying conservation ideas to an isolated community.
Years 11 and 12
In Years 11 to 12 students may elect to study ATAR Biology, ATAR Human Biology, ATAR Chemistry, ATAR Physics and General Human Biology.
Biology extends our knowledge of the living world through the study of a wide range of related subjects from plants, animals and microbiology to genetics, biochemistry, ecology and physiology. It is recommended for students who wish to follow a career in areas such as botany, zoology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, agriculture, psychology, anthropology, environmental sciences, law or geology.
Human Biology is the scientific study of humans as individuals and as populations. It encompasses the study of the structure and function of the body, the human life cycle, the biological and cultural evolution of humans, human ecology and biotechnology. Human Biological Science is valuable preparation for tertiary courses such as medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and hearing science, nursing, human biology, human physical performance, human movement and recreation studies or education.
In Chemistry, students gain knowledge and understanding of the principles of physical and chemical change. Students gain an understanding of the world around them on an atomic level. There is a balance between theory and practice to encourage a clear understanding of properties, reactions and processes. For students heading to university, Chemistry is a recommended course for students planning to study medicine, biochemistry, pharmacology, chemical engineering, food science, geology or nanotechnology.
Physics is a fundamental branch of science concerned with the study of matter and energy and their interactions. It is essentially an experimental discipline and its methods rely on this to support theories and observations. This course is useful for students interested in heading to university to study astronomy, engineering, nanotechnology, biophysics or radiotherapy.
The General Human Biology course seeks to expose students to a wide range of scientific knowledge and give them skills to solve real-world problems. Students have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of activities including forensic science, road science and environmental science.