Science

Science is involved in everything we do daily. From the time we wake up, to the time we go to bed, science is part of our lives, literally. Anything you consider has a science base, even the thoughts you are having whilst reading this has a scientific basis.

Why study Science

Science involves our curiosity and we are all curious about the world and our place in it.

Students embark on a pathway of systematic inquiry about the world in which they live. As their understanding of science develops, students become increasingly able to make informed decisions about themselves and their world.

This enables them as adults to become informed citizens capable of distinguishing scientific fact from fiction and understanding the scientific basis of important social, economic, and environmental issues.

Across the world, there is an increased demand for those qualified to pursue the careers in science, technology, and engineering that drive the innovation necessary for economic growth and for improving quality of life. Our subject choices in the senior sciences helps prepare students for advanced study in these areas.

Our Science teachers are:

  • Talesa Ellery
    BSc, Dip Tchg, Dip Librarianship

  • Eleanor Elkington
    MSc , BSc, Dip Tchg

  • Stacey Andrews
    BSc, Dip Tchg

  • Joseph Kunnil
    PhD, Dip Tchg

  • Peter Green
    BSc, BIT, Dip Tchg- our highly qualified technician

Science 1 (1SCI)

This course is designed for students who require a science subject at Level 2 the following year, and for those who have a general interest in finding out how things work.

The course will contain both external and internally assessed topics, predominately tailored to suit students strengths and interests.

Science is both a body of knowledge and a logical process. It is a journey of discovery that allows students to link isolated facts into coherent and comprehensive understandings of the natural world.

Science is a way of students discovering how “things work” in a constantly changing and technologically challenging world.

Students will develop the language of Science, begin to understand the complexities of this world often within the contexts of their daily lives.

Biology

This course covers four aspects of Biology: investigating eco-systems and biodiversity; biotechnology and resource management; cell biology, genetics and evolution; plant and animal form and function.

Assessment
External Achievement Standards will be assessed in an end of year exam.  Internal Achievement Standards and Unit Standards that support the externals will be assessed through the year.

Pre-requisites
12 credits in Science; 8 credits in English and Mathematics.

Leads on to
NCEA Level 3 Biology (3BIO)

Fees
Course Manual $25.00 and fieldtrip.

Chemistry

Chemistry offered at Level 2 & 3 is at the centre of the Sciences, it is at the centre of our understanding of the fundamental composition of substances, how these materials interact with each other, Energy being at the centre of much of this subject. Strong links to all other science areas. A sound understanding of Chemistry enables a unique insight into how the world operates at the atomic level and provides access to employment in numerous and diverse areas.

Description
Atomic Structure & Bonding, Quantitative Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Reactivity, Aqueous Solutions

Assessment
Selected from both internal and external Achievement Standards practical and research components are included. A full course contains 20 credits.

Pre-requisites from a variety of topics: 12 credits in Science, 8 credits in Level 1 English and Mathematics or HOD approval.

 

Physics

Physics offered at Level 2 & 3.
Description
In Level 2 the students must study Mechanics (a study of forces and motion) and Electricity. Further units in Experimental Technique, Waves and Optics, and Atomic and Nuclear physics are offered.

A full course contains 20 credits.

In Level 3 the students must study Mechanics (a study of forces and motion), Waves and Electricity. Further units in Experimental Technique and Atomic and Nuclear physics are offered.

A full course contains 20 credits.

Pre-requisites
To study at Level 2 students must show aptitude in Level 1 Science and Maths by gaining at least 12 credits in Level 1 Science (particularly recommended is Achievement Standard 90940 Mechanics) and credits in Algebra and Graphing.

To study at Level 3 students must show aptitude in Level 2 Physics by gaining at least 12 credits in Level 2 Physics (particularly recommended is Achievement in Standard 90252 Mechanics and Electricity).

For both Level 2 & 3 it is recommended to have 6 hours of study a week. Four hours of this are provided at school and the remaining time is a homework expectation. With this in mind, a text book at a cost of $20 is essential to the course. Further stationary requirements are a refill pad and a graph pad and, of course, a scientific calculator.

More possible career pathways for Chemistry & Physics:

Engineering, Medicine, New Materials science, Geochemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Biotechnology, Forensic Sciences Agrochemical industry, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Law, Food Chemists, Polymer Industry, Teaching, Software Design, Technical Writing, Pharmaceuticals and many others

Agriculture/Horticulture

Students learn about modifying the environment for plant production, techniques used to modify soil water content to optimize primary production and manipulations to influence productivity in livestock or plants.

They are taught and experience practical skills in agricultural and/or horticultural production – this includes sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings, growing vegetables and pruning roses. They learn about New Zealand’s Primary industries, rural industries and rural employment opportunities.

The importance of a good diet, hydration and sleep on the body is an important part of the Level 1 course and we also deal with Health & safety in the workplace. Hazards and hazard control form a big part of the Level 2 course. Soil Science is another hands-on and exciting topic.

We are a Primary ITO school which means that the course consists mainly of Unit Standards which are taught by the Ag/Hort teacher and then gets moderated by PITO.

Students can gain about 20 credits per year – this excludes some externally provided courses offered – like a quadbike and tractor safety course for Level 1 students; and a chainsaw and LUV course for Level 2 students.

We also offer an Apiculture (beekeeping) course, which if successful, results in a NZ certificate of Apiculture.