Science provides students at Star of the Sea with a powerful tool to understand how their world operates and how they can interact with their physical surroundings.
Through learning science, students acquire scientific skills and conceptual knowledge. They use the skills of scientific investigation, reasoning and analysis to ask questions and seek solutions. They develop scientific attributes such as flexibility, curiosity, critical reflection, respect for evidence and ethical considerations.
They learn to interpret and communicate scientific ideas effectively and they develop an appreciation for the dynamic role of science in social and technological change.
Science in Year 7 to Year 10 is a core subject where all students study the same course.
The content, teaching methods and learning activities are chosen to provide a relevant and enjoyable course that is accessible to all students of a wide range of ability. It offers a variety of tasks that cater for different learning styles.
Some scope for enrichment and extension is built into the course where students have opportunities to choose alternative research options or topics. This is negotiated on an individual basis with the students. Modified curriculum and assessment is offered to individual students according to need.
VCE studies allow students to specialise in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology in both Year 11 and Year 12.
Assessment is based on a range of methods that include classroom, laboratory, homework and research activities carried out individually and in groups, together with topic tests.
Emphasis is on completion of set tasks together with recognition of higher levels of achievement on particular assessment outcomes.