“The hardest thing of all to see is what is really there”
– J. A. Baker, The Peregrine
Science is the study of finding out what is really there. It is a quest to uncover the hidden realities underlying the world of our experience. The story of Science is one of individuals and groups of individuals putting aside myths and superstitions, to be risk-takers, and use their intellectual strengths to formulate models and theories to explain natural phenomena, which in turn drives our natural curiosity.
All we have today has been driven by Science and the advances made over the past 5000 years, from Islamic scholars thousands of years ago to discoveries being made today in a myriad of fields.
Middle School (6-8)
“The actual state of our knowledge is always provisional and there must be, beyond what is actually known, immense new regions to discover” (Louis de Broglie)
In the Middle School, we use the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate to teach the Australian Curriculum. In Years 6 and 7, Science is taught through an inquiry based approach. In Year 8 the specialisations of Science come to the fore, with the units of Chemical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Earth Sciences the focus of our teaching.
The Approaches to Learning are central to our teaching and learning programme in the Middle School.
Senior School (9-12)
In the Senior School, Scotch College provides a diversity of courses that vary in intellectual demand, workload and content. Science provides courses that can appeal to any student, and they form the foundation for further study in those courses that are so vital to Australia’s national prosperity.
In Year 9, all students follow an identical course, whilst in Year 10, courses are differentiated on the basis of the mathematical content in the Physical Science units.