A study of science is mandatory for all students from Kindergarten to Year 10.
In science, students explore the natural and made worlds. They learn how to apply scientific skills, knowledge and understanding across a broad range of contexts.
Science provides a way of inquiring about the world around us. It explores evidence and investigates ways to discover, develop and produce solutions to real-world problems. The inquiry and skill-based nature of science opens doors to ideas and discoveries.
In Years 11 and 12, students can choose from different science disciplines, including:
Earth and Environmental Science
Science Life Skills.
Opportunities offered by the Science Faculty
7E & 7M
Student's in 7E and 7M engage in exciting group work extension, designing and assembling scientific equipment to solve problems in science and engineering.
Selected agriculture students raise a steer from the Tocal Agricultural College for presentation and judging at the college.
Science students from years 7 to 12 test their C.S.I. skills by investigating clues to find the guilty person from a list of likely suspects. And then join the winners who successfully solve the case.
Tocal Field Day
Agriculture students experience the latest farm equipment and farming techniques to assist them in their chosen field.
International Competition Assessment Schools
Science students from years 7 to 12 enter a science competition run by the University of New South Wales. Students receive a certificate and valuable feedback on their science knowledge.
Students from years 8 and 10 participate in an internationally acclaimed computer based science test knowledge and skills. Individual feedback and a certificate are mailed to each student.
Science and Engineering Challenge
Selected year 10 science students pit their skills in design and construction of solutions to engineering challenges organised by Newcastle University. Hunter schools compete to represent the region at state level.
H.S.C. Experiment Fest
Year 12 biology, chemistry and physics students undertake a range of experiments covering important parts of their HSC courses. To facilitate this Newcastle University makes available their science lecturers and their state of the art equipment.
Year 11 biology students undertake a field study at the Shortland Wetlands Centre. Here they utilize the staff and unique facilities of this important regional centre to develop this valuable skill set.