Science faculty focuses on developing young people who are highly knowledgeable of contemporary scientific learning and issues, who appreciate the scientific approach to solving real word problems and who in many cases, are inspired to pursue future career pathways in one of the many science related disciplines.
Science teachers prepare students for the social and technological challenges of the 21st century by personalising their learning through the extensive use of technologies in the classroom that both help them explore key scientific concepts and enhance their learning in and out of the classroom. All courses are supported by well-developed Virtual Learning Environments (VLE’s) while assessment and reporting information is provided online and in real time. Students have many opportunities to experience challenging and engaging learning tasks, where there is a heavy emphasis on hands-on practical activities. They sometimes work as individuals, but as most scientific advances are achieved by teams, our students are frequently provided with opportunities to work in groups to collaboratively meet an assessment challenge. Learning science at this school often allows students to demonstrate their creative talents and requires them to also clearly communicate their new understandings to others.
As the largest faculty in the school, students are offered an extensive range of science study options, both in middle school and senior secondary. All courses are fully aligned with either Australian Science Curriculum, the South Australia Certificate of Education (SACE) or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), where appropriate. Students in the school’s IGNITE Program also have a course uniquely designed for them that offers challenging learning at an accelerated rate, but that also prepares them well for senior secondary study.
There are clearly designed pathways to cater for both the academically minded student and for those on a vocational pathway. International students, who are often keen to further their studies in science are also provided pathway options to assist their successful integration into senior secondary science courses.
By studying science at Glenunga, students come to understand they are an emerging part of a wider, global scientific community that is committed to providing workable, well researched solutions to global issues such as climate change, to providing ethical improvements to our quality of life, but also to appreciate the intrinsic value of scientific research in its purest form.
For more information on the range of subject choices, please refer to our Curriculum Guide.