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Concord High School

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Science

Science is mandatory for all students from Year 7 to Year 10.

Science 7-10 provides a way of inquiring about the world around us. It explores evidence and investigates ways to discover, develop and produce solutions to real-world problems. Science emphasises the skills for working scientifically, as well as critical and creative thinking to address scientific issues.

In Years 11 and 12, students can choose from different science disciplines, including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Investigating Science
  • Physics.

In Year 12, students who are studying at least one other science subject may also choose to study Science Extension.

New stage 6 syllabuses

New syllabus release

 

The new stage 6 syllabuses for Science were released in February 2017. The previous courses of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science and Physics were reviewed with extensive, positive changes made. In very exciting news, a new course will be offered for the first time in 2018. Investigating Science will explore in detail the nature and practice of science with a strong emphasis on working scientifically. The course can be studied on its own or in combination with the other Science courses where it is guaranteed to improve the learning experience in those courses through the consolidation of core scientific concepts. 

 

In 2017 the Science faculty will be actively programming to each of the new stage 6 syllabuses which will be taught for the first time to the 2018 year 11 cohort. In 2019, both the preliminary and HSC courses will be in effect from that point onwards.

'Street Art' project

The Science faculty is excited to share the results of a great initiative that has taken place over the course of term 4. Under the guidance of Ms. Fatma Bekheet, the project was designed to engage students and help them connect with their learning space.

 

A mural in common 7 was started by May Turnure and Maya Ralley during the term 3 holidays. It commenced with lettering around the boarder that read "science" in each of the languages our students speak at Concord High School. 

 

Nathan Taru orchestrated the major ‘street art' component and the beautiful background inspired by the concept of Outer Space. Nathan was never short of volunteers wanting to lend a helping hand. They included Miles Cheetham, Dylan Woodward, Aden Mcivor and Brenton Lowe.

 

May Turnure was the artist behind the portrait work of some well known scientists that flanked either side of the ‘street art', including Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin and Marie Curie. The outcomes of the project were extremely positive and included the transformation of both the Science learning space and the individuals involved.

 

On behalf of the Science faculty and the greater school community, thank you to all involved.

 

BeforeAfter

 

Sculpture by Jinnie Chang: Social commentary on the impact of humans on the planet.

Sculpture.

                                               by Jinnie Chang. 

Congratulations to all HSC science students on an outstanding performance in the HSC exams. 

The numbers selecting one or more sciences at the stage 6 level continues to grow with 10 classes in each of the preliminary and HSC courses. Results from the 2015 exams were one of the strongest in the schools history and this performance has continued through to the 2017 results.

Congratulations to those participating in the 2017 ICAS Science exam.

Another successful performance in the 2017 ICAS Science exam. All year groups performed well above the State backdrop with multiple credits, distinctions and high distinctions achieved.

COSMOS magazine

 

It is a genuinely exciting time to be part of the teaching profession. In 2009 the Digital Education Revolution (DER) began and has now been replaced by the BYOD initiative at Concord High School. In 2012 the NSW Board of Studies (BOS) released the new stage 4 and 5 Science Syllabus in response to the Australian Curriculum (http://syllabus.bos.nsw.edu.au/). Furthermore, the new stage 6 syllabus' are due for release in 2017 for implementation in 2018.

The Science faculty at Concord High has embraced these major educational reforms. The Concord High Science faculty was one of the first schools in NSW, possibly Australia, to genuinely modify faculty programs and assessment tasks to address the requirements of ACARA (see attached documents). These programs also embed, and actively encourage both teachers and students to utilise the unique teaching and learning opportunities offered by the BYOD implementation. This has involved the faculty moving to online texts and interactive resources.

baby bearded dragon

Another exciting initiative will be the continuation and expansion of the 'Animal Room'. The Science faculty received permission from the DEC and the National Parks and Wildlife to house a range of Australian native animals, including amphibians and a range of reptiles. The animals will prove invaluable during units of work exploring the concepts of adaptations and evolution. Selected students will be offered the very unique opportunity  to care for and maintain these animals enclosures.

In 2012, strong collaborative projects were initiated between the Science faculty and several local feeder schools. Each term members of the faculty hold targeted lessons around the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth & Space. Lessons are designed to provide year 5 and 6 students with 'hands on' experience and modified to bridge the divide between primary and secondary science. Results and feedback were so positive that the project will continue to expand in 2018 to further improve the sense of community.

In the classroom we actively encourage students to be critical in their thinking. When faced with a given problem students should work their way through it in a logical and reasoned manner. Their conclusions will be based on sound research and factual evidence. Evaluation of the validity and reliability of data is also important so that a judgement can be made as to the confidence they have in their conclusion. Students should also recognise that good research often results in more questions than answers. We hope that they embrace the 'How?''What?' and 'Why of the world around them?

 

Faculty members

Ms Surraya Anwary: Biology

Ms Tina Bean: Biology

Mr Richard Armstrong: Physics

Ms Gokce Celik: Physics

Ms Fatma Bekheet: Biology

Mr Anij Choudhary: Physics

Mr Tim Sloane (Head Teacher): Biology

Ms Madi Smith: Biology