The Science Faculty facilities consist of a purpose built block of 7 laboratories, used by Year 8 to 12 students and a Flexible Learning Area in the Junior Secondary (JS) Precinct, for Year 7 students. These are staffed by a team of 8 specialist science teachers, including 2 in the Junior Secondary Area, with other faculty teachers contributing in the JS area, whose second subject is science. The ACARA National Science Curriculum is taught in Years 7-10 with senior science subject electives in Years 11-12. We have the expert services of both a full- time and a part-time SOO’s (Scientific Operation’s Officers) or Laboratory Assistants, to facilitate the use of practical experiments; these operate out of a fully serviced preparation area.
As a Flying Start Pilot School, Year 7 students have been welcomed into science classes at Bray Park since 2013. A specially renovated Flexible Learning Area with scientific facilities has been set up in the Junior Secondary block, to allow for the implementation of the National Curriculum (ACARA) in Science with a practical based philosophy.
Year 8 and 9 students have their lessons in purpose built laboratories in the main science block. Lessons are differentiated to accommodate for the whole range of student abilities. Specialist Learning Support Teacher’s, take small groups of students from the SEP or with learning difficulties. Extra-curricular activities include visits to the Science Museum and students entering into the ICAS International Science Competition.
In year 10 the ACARA national Curriculum prepares students for senior sciences in years 11 and 12. The choices they can make for their science electives then are the OP subjects, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and the non-OP Science in Practice (SIP), which is an Authority-registered subject. Whilst all senior science subjects contribute toward the QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education), only the OP sciences can count towards an OP ranking for eligible students.
Also year 10 students have the opportunity to take elective extension science courses in addition to core ACARA science. These are Biological Science in semester 1 and Physical Science (Chemistry/Physics) in semester 2.
Faculty Enrichment Programs
Apart from the year 10 elective science courses, all students have an opportunity to take part in University sponsored science competitions. Science is also working this year, with the Mathematics Department to establish and develop an Academic Talent Program in the JS school. This will also make links with the Primary feeder Schools to enhance the learning of the Gifted and Talented science/maths students in these areas. We will offer practical, stimulating projects and activities, to develop the higher order thinking processes of identified students. We will also use a mentoring process between the primary and JS schools, extra-curricular visits and tutorials to fully engage and extend these students.
Head of Department
or 3881 6666