The study of science at Sacred Heart College provides opportunities for students to build their knowledge of key science concepts, understanding the chemical, physical, and natural world around them, through a mixture of explicit learning and hands-on learning activities.
Students will develop skills in questioning and investigating answers to these questions through the collection and interpretation of data and information providing the foundation for students to use evidence to solve problems and make evidence-based decisions. Students also gain an appreciation for the real-world contexts of science through the study of important scientific discoveries and the people behind them, and how these discoveries contribute to our culture and society.

Learning Opportunities:

Students are supported to become more independent inquirers, using their skills in questioning and investigation to develop a deeper understanding of the science concepts explored. Students start to explore microscopic and atomic structures and their basis in all living and non-living matter, and how this energy and matter flows through different systems and interacts due to forces.

Our staff and students also love to explore the fun side of science too, and enthusiastically participate in National Science Week each year with hands-on activities, demonstrations, science challenges, and mini-science fairs. We encourage and support our students to engage in extra-curricular science activities and are continually exploring further activities to expand our student’s abilities.

Our ultimate goal is that our students will develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in STEM-related careers.

Elective courses in Years 9 and 10:

STEM: an extension course offered in both Year 9 and Year 10 and explores topics in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) with a focus on hands-on practical activities where students can learn theory through experimentation and project-based activities. These electives are designed to better prepare students wishing to continue their science studies in Year 11.

  • Year 9: Topics covered include chemical reactions (acids and bases and factors that influence these reactions), body systems, electrical circuits and simple machines, and construction.
  • Year 10: Topics covered include chemical reactions (redox and combustion), physics (force, motion and energy), environmental science and biology, construction, and their own STEM inquiry project.

Marine Science: In this course, students will study living marine organisms from microscopic to macroscopic. We will do this with the aid of microscopes, dissections and discussions around how some of the weird and wonderful marine creatures came to be through genetics and evolution.

We will also explore the behaviour and interactions of plants and animals within a marine ecosystem, and how we measure, monitor and respond to the impact human society has on the Earth’s natural resources in these marine ecosystems.