Leader of Learning Science – Mrs Margaret Wright

The science program at St Mary’s seeks to grow students’ natural curiosity of the world in which they live. In exploring the wonders of the Earth and cosmos we hope to nurture a lifelong love, appreciation and care for the natural world.

Each unit of work has a strong practical emphasis, with students experiencing a wide range of hands-on activities. These activities are designed to foster the growth of science skills and knowledge. Throughout each course of study, students are encouraged to develop their ability to apply critical thinking skills to real-world problems, work collaboratively and understand the importance of making ethical decisions to complex issues.

For example, in the Stage 5 Ecology Unit, students identify some of the living things in and around Kennedy Creek, which runs along the side of the school oval, and analyse water and soil samples to assess the overall health of the creek. Our study then goes global, evaluating the scientific evidence for climate change. Finally, student groups produce a video on practical ways to promote the sustainability of our Earth.

Science is studied by all students in:

  • Year 7
  • Year 8
  • Year 9
  • Year 10

Students in Years 11 and 12 have the opportunity to study:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Investigating Science
  • Physics
  • Science Extension (Year 12 only)

Students have the opportunity to engage in a range of extra-curricular activities including:

  • Year 7 excursion to Taronga Zoo
  • Year 10 excursion to Luna Park
  • Science and Engineering Challenge
  • Biology excursions
  • Earth and Environment field trips
  • ExperimentFest at University of Newcastle (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Landcare days