Science Faculty News
2017 - We have another exciting year for the Science Faculty planned
The Project Based Learning class that have been accelerated into HSC Physics a year early have achieved some excellent results and produced amazing projects. They have a lot of hard work ahead of them as they prepare to sit the Physics HSC exam in nine months' time.
The success of the PBL class has led to the development of our Y8 STEaM class (STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths, with an "a" for AVID), as the humanities subjects will be using AVID strategies in their learning. The STEaM class will involve team teaching and cross-curricular activities with the Science, Maths and TAS faculties. Their first project relates to Agri-business.
Year 9 students have been given the opportunity to join an extension class that will work on developing their independent learning and study skills and will be extended up to senior levels. The idea is to get the students working at a senior level early so the step up is not so difficult when they get there.
We have lots of extracurricular activities planned. These include: a sleep over at the Zoo called ZoosnooZ, the Science and Engineering Challenge, Disease Museum, wetlands lagoon field study, Easter show and a number of University visits. The Biomechanics elective class will return to the School of Exercise and Physiology where they will undertake. We have another exciting year for the Science Faculty planned. a range of physical activities and gain a better understanding of the career prospects in the health industry.
The farm continues to expand with new animals and projects for the students, including: - • Goats: We now have 5 new goats, which are very friendly. These will be included into the Sheep Production unit as they have the same requirements and are closely related to sheep. • Layer Poultry: We have 12 new chooks who that will be used for the Poultry Production unit and will add to the farms egg supply. • The Hy-Lines chickens will be showed at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. They are coming along well and the students will be preparing these at the end of the term. • Seedlings ready to transplant from the Vege Pod. • The Pig has been away for the holidays at a piggery and will return in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully she will return pregnant and we should have piglets at the end of term. • The Yabbies are growing well and are almost ready to put into the aquaponics tanks. The students are building a breeding area to increase the production of the yabbies. • Barramundi fingerlings have passed through quarantine and are ready to move into the aquaponics system.