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:
• acquire scientific knowledge and skills and develop understanding about phenomena within and beyond their experience
• develop an appreciation of science as a human activity and apply their understanding to their everyday life
• develop positive values about and attitudes towards themselves, others, lifelong learning, science and the environment.
All students study Science throughout Years 7 to Year 10. There are 5 classes in each year group. The students study Science in a contextual manner that addresses all of the traditional sciences such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, ecology and physics, in a way that links them together. 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.
The following courses are offered in Stage 6: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Environmental Studies and Senior Science, with many students opting to study one, two or even three of the Science courses for their HSC.