Scientific literacy enables students to gain an understanding of the natural world, investigate and solve problems - essential skills for the 21st century learner. Students are offered a broad range of theory and practical work with an emphasis on engaging real-world activities, including laboratory-based experiments, field studies and ICT based activities. The faculty has an extensive range of scientific equipment that is used by students in practical sessions and for teacher demonstrations, including a brand new state of the art photographic microscope, a range of optical telescopes, wireless dataloggers, a full aquaponics system and much more.
All students in every year group receive an interactive electronic text that they can access on their devices at anytime. Students also access a range of digital resources and interactive tools delivered through our Learning Management System, Schoology.
For many students the Year 7 course is their first introduction to working in a science laboratory. The course develops a foundation in scientific safety, literacy and numeracy skills to ensure students can meet the expectations and demands of later years. As students progress in developing their scientific literacy, we cover a broad range of topics from the Australian curriculum each year, covering a unit from each of Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Biology. In our Lex@s classes students take on extension materials and projects, such as the year 10 students who complete a university based online Astronomy course.