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Science is a mandatory subject for all Year 7-10 students. All Science classes are conducted in fully equipped Science laboratories. The Science staff have developed school programs designed to meet the needs and interests of all students. These programs also fulfil all the requirements of the Stage 4 and 5 Science Syllabus.



  • The Science course allows students to expand their knowledge and understanding of the scientific world. Students are exposed to scientific concepts, encouraged to think critically and analyse problems.
  • Students are provided with practical work to allow students to understand abstract concepts and to develop the necessary skills to enable them to work effectively in the laboratory.
  • Students will work both as individuals and within group situations. Safety issues are emphasised and all students are expected to obey safety rules, follow procedures as instructed and to develop the skills to work in a safe manner. Students are required to wear enclosed leather shoes in the laboratory at all times.



Student learning will be assessed throughout the year in a number of different tasks. Assessment tasks may include examinations, group work skills, an individual student research project and skills test. Students will be issued with an assessment schedule at the beginning of the year.

The Individual Student Research Project (SRP) is conducted by each student, at home, and is based on an experiment they conduct. A scientific report of the experiment is completed by the student and submitted for marking.

Each student will be expected to maintain a workbook which is neat and up to date. This provides them with material to revise and study for tests and examinations. 


Useful weblinks:  ESSA;  Science & Engineering Challenge;  Board of Studies

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