“Science is, at its best, a creative pursuit driven by a search for meaning and better understanding of the world around us”
(The Awa book of Science; R.Priestley.Ed.)
The vision of the Science department is to develop our students into citizens who have the skills to navigate our information-heavy world. It is more and more important for our young people to be able to think critically about information, and have a solid grounding in scientific concepts, in order to be able to make informed decisions for themselves and as responsible citizens.
Year 9 and 10 focuses on developing skills required to understand the Nature of Science, an overarching goal of the Science curriculum, by using a variety of contexts from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Space Science.
These have been defined as the Science Capabilities, which are woven throughout the learning contexts used. More information about the Science Capabilities can be found here
Year 11 Science aims to continue developing a broad understanding of the different fields of Science while working towards NCEA at level 1. Students cover a range of contexts and are assessed internally and externally. This course will prepare students for the separate Science subjects in year 12 and 13.
Year 12 and 13 Biology, Physics and Chemistry:
These courses allow students to learn using more in-depth contexts from these Scientific fields.
Year 11-13 Agriculture focuses on gaining practical skills and knowledge needed to start a career in.