Science (Pūtaiao) is the study of how the universe works and what it is made of. It explores the natural world and the place of humanity in that world. Science relies on testing ideas with evidence gained from the natural and physical world.
Scientists discover, invent, adapt, and apply ideas through inspiration, careful observation, and critical thinking. Science explanations are inextricably linked to culture, politics, and economics because scientists are part of communities and cultures that view the world differently.
By studying science, students learn to be vigilant concerning the impacts of science in the world and engage with the significant issues that confront scientists – issues that affect the health and well-being of individuals, society, and ecosystems.
The Science Department of St Mary’s College provides an engaging and challenging program for students. In Years 9 and 10, we focus on developing student's skills and understanding of scientific investigations and, through several engaging topics, grow their knowledge and understanding of the world around us. We also consider the implications of scientific discovery.
In Year 11, students can choose between two courses; Senior Science and General Science. In Years 12 and 13, students can choose between four courses; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and General Science. All courses are designed to foster an interest and understanding of more complex scientific ideas and how these can be applied in practical applications.
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