Science in Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8) provides an introduction to general scientific concepts programmed around the areas of Earth and Space, and the Physical, Chemical and Biological Worlds as per the new Australian Curriculum. Students are given access to ideas, taught new skills, and encouraged to explore their world through the eyes of a scientist in the hope they will broaden their understanding and develop the critical thinking skills needed in the higher years.
Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) build upon the concepts introduced in Stage 4, refine their skills, and delve deeper into the nuances of Science – looking at the larger ideas, the topical and occasionally controversial issues that impact the scientific community, whilst gaining a greater understanding of the interconnectedness and intricacies of higher level concepts in preparation for senior high school.
At San Clemente, we continually aim to provide the students with rich and diverse experiences. The students may avail themselves of opportunities to compete in several competitions, some of which include the University of Newcastle’s Science and Engineering Challenge, the Aurecon sponsored Bridge Building National Competition, The ICAS Science Competition and the International Robocup where students program robots to complete a range of challenges. There are opportunities for a five day Forensics Camp, Science Poetry Prize and much more.
Stage 5 Elective
Marine Studies is a project-based, practical subject relating to coastal areas and other water-related environments, as well as water-related enterprises and leisure activities.
Marine Studies aims to provide an opportunity for the future custodians of the marine environment to study it and to appreciate its value. It develops the necessary knowledge and skills to use and protect the marine environments unique ecosystems, whilst at the same time providing an opportunity to instill in students an acceptable ethical code towards the use of the marine environment. Students studying Marine Studies will be enabled to make informed arguments for the maintenance of biodiversity and the sustainable use of marine ecosystems.
By studying Marine Studies students develop advanced computer skills and scientific literacy through experimentation. They increase their capacity to think critically by calling upon a wide range of knowledge, procedures and approaches to analyse issues pertaining to marine environments, in the process developing solutions. Students also increase their collaborative and creative skills by engaging in the group-based activities on offer.