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Irrawang High School

Irrawang High School

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Science is mandatory for all students from Year 7 to Year 10.

Science 7-10 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. Science emphasises the skills for working scientifically, as well as critical and creative thinking to address scientific issues.

In Years 11 and 12, students can choose from different science disciplines, including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Investigating Science
  • Physics.

In Year 12, students who are studying at least one other science subject may also choose to study Science Extension.


Mr Tom Stewart Head Teacher (Rel)

Mr James Bailey

Ms Josephine Mickle

Mr Liam Burdon

Ms Lauren Trumm

Ms Jamie Baker

Mr Matthew Johnston

Mrs Melanie Brenton (science assistant)

All subjects

  1. Science Year 7
  2. Science Year 8
  3. Science Year 9
  4. Science Year 10
  5. Biology
  6. Chemistry
  7. Earth and Environmental Science
  8. Physics

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.

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.

Shortland Wetlands

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.