striving for excellence, aiming for personal best.
understanding, celebrating and respecting cultural and linguistic differences.
consideration for the rights and beliefs of others and valuing oneself.
The study of Science aims to develop an understanding of the role of science and technology in society; the capacity to apply technology and operate equipment with an understanding of the scientific principles involved; the capacity to analyse a problem and apply problem solving strategies, especially in situations where critical thinking and a creative approach is required; an understanding of and concern for balanced development of the global environment.
OUTCOMES FOR STUDENTS
Through an exposure to many scientific areas, a knowledge of the key ideas of science and the ability to recognise the coherence of science.
Knowledge of the interactions between science, technology and the environment and an awareness of and interest in the interaction between people and their environment.
Development of the ability to solve problems and, particularly, the use of scientific explanations to solve problems in their environment.
Development of scientific literacy (i.e. the ability to read and understand material of a scientific nature).
Vocationally useful knowledge and skills which can be used to develop a basis for further study.
Development as individuals, with the capacity to interact effectively with other people.
All students are encouraged to extend themselves in competitions such as ICAS (UniNSW) and Rio Tinto Big Science held Australia-wide.
Other extension activities available to students include, the Science & Engineering Challenge and the National Youth Science Forum for outstanding Maths and Science students.
Science is a compulsory subject in Years 8 and 9. A general science program including units of
work from the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and the Earth Science is offered. In Year 10
five semester subjects provide wider choice for students to pursue interest areas before selecting
a SACE course in Years 11 and 12.
There are four 50 minute lessons of Science each week for all students, held in purpose built laboratories with a strong emphasis on practical work.