The Science Department at Marist College is committed to developing a thirst for the exploration of the unknown and to develop the talents that will enable students to pursue an understanding of the vast body of knowledge that we call Science.
Science provides a distinctive view and way of thinking about the world. The study of science has led to an evolving body of knowledge organised as an interrelated set of models, theories, laws, systems, structures and interactions. It is through this body of knowledge that science provides explanations for a variety of phenomena and enables sense to be made of the biological, physical and technological world. An understanding of science and its social and cultural contexts provides a basis for future choices and ethical decisions about local and global applications and implications of science.
The Science staff at MCE aim to provide learning experiences through which students will develop:
- interest in and enthusiasm for science, as well as an appreciation of its role in finding solutions to contemporary science-related problems and issues
- knowledge and understanding of the nature and practice of scientific inquiry, and skills in applying the processes of Working Scientifically
- scientific knowledge of and about phenomena within the natural world and the application of their understanding to new situations and events
- appreciation of the development and dynamic nature of scientific knowledge, its influence in improving understanding of the natural world and the contribution of evidence-based decisions in informing societies’ use of science and technology.
All students study Science throughout Stages 4 and 5. The students study Science in a contextual manner that addresses all of the areas of science such as the Living World, Chemical World, Physical World and Earth and Space. Within the Junior Science course, the students are guided through the processes of developing and designing investigations and communicating their results in a variety of ways. Their skills in manipulating equipment and working in teams are reinforced.
Students will develop their Working Scientifically skills in the following areas:
- Questioning and predicting
- Planning investigations
- Conducting investigations
- Processing data and information
- Analysing data and information
- Problem solving
Students have the opportunity in Stage 6 to take a combination of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Investigating Science for their HSC. These courses allow students to specialise in an area of Science based on their interests and further develop their Working Scientifically Skills.
Ms Jasmine Akkari