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Science is mandatory for all students from Year 7 to Year 10.

Science 7-10 provides a way of inquiring about the world around us. It explores evidence and investigates ways to discover, develop and produce solutions to real-world problems. Science emphasises the skills for working scientifically, as well as critical and creative thinking to address scientific issues.

In Years 11 and 12, students can choose from different science disciplines, including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Investigating Science
  • Physics.

In Year 12, students who are studying at least one other science subject may also choose to study Science Extension.

The study of science provides students with a contemporary and coherent understanding of some of the basic laws, theories and principles of biology, chemistry, physics and other scientific fields and their application.

It includes an examination of the technology that uses these laws, theories and principles and the impact of this science and technology on society. Courses reflect the interdisciplinary nature of science and focus on the interdependence of science, technology and society.

This subject aims to encourage students to develop a range of practical skills including the use of current instrumentation, information technology and an increased ability to communicate understanding.

  • It develops a student's understanding:
  • Of science as a continually developing body of knowledge;
  • Of the role of experimentation in deciding between competing theories;
  • Of the provisional nature of scientific explanations.

In addition, this course develops further understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of science, the complex relationship between evidence and ideas and the impact of science on society.

For more information please contact Mr Matthew Hathaway, Head Teacher Math/Science on 6872 2522.