Our Science teachers believe it is vital that all students receive a grounding in current scientific processes, knowledge, values, and skills for them to function in our complex, changing society. Science at the college also provides students with the opportunity to gain a level of understanding sufficient to pursue tertiary studies in any major scientific discipline.
The curriculum in Years 7, 8, 9, and 10 is closely aligned to the Science learning area statement in the Australian Curriculum. The Inquiry Strand address the skills of scientific investigation and the ways people use scientific information, whilst the Understanding Concepts outcomes cover distinctive scientific understandings, theories, ideas and knowledge, and draws from the traditional scientific disciplines.
Students in Years 7 & 8 are placed in non-streamed classes where they are offered a generalised course designed to give them an overview of the major scientific disciplines and a solid foundation in scientific problem-solving methods and scientific communication. In Years 9 and 10 students are streamed into ability pathways that lead to particular combinations of upper school subjects.
Year 12 WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education) subjects on offer are Chemistry, Physics, and Human Biology. In Year 11 the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) Units 1 & 2 are offered in Chemistry, Physics, and Human Biology. These lead to Units 3 & 4 in Year 12 and the WACE examinations. All courses are designed to match closely with the Standards authority’s guidelines on assessment and content.
All Science students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories that are serviced with fume hoods and electronic whiteboards. The computer laboratory ensures that students have immediate access to the latest research and developments in the scientific world.
Students have opportunities to be involved in scientific events like the “Science Rocks Careers Expo” for Years 9/10 and the Year 9 University Camp. Many guest speakers are made welcome to further enrich scientific learning.
Curriculum Leader Science – Steve Bedford