The study of Science at Somerville Secondary College provides students with a practical and hands on experience that immerses them in Science so they can develop their curiosities about the natural world. The students are encouraged to ask the important question “why” for every phenomenon they observe around them. Through the lenses of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and or Technologies, the students are set on a path to explore and satisfy these curiosities.
In Years 7-9, at Somerville Secondary College, all students are exposed to the various strands of sciences, to develop an understanding of concepts in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences. The curriculum supports students to 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 further studies of Science leading to related careers. Students are guided to use scientific inquiry and a range of scientific methods, including questioning, planning and conducting experiments. Students are encouraged to communicate their scientific findings to a range of audiences by providing platforms such as science competitions, science fairs and celebration of Science Week.
In Year 10 students can choose from a number of electives and continue to expand their scientific knowledge. They can even choose a VCE Science strand if their passion drives them towards that path. During this year students are extended to design their own experiments and trained to communicate their findings through skills such as analysing the data collected, evaluating results and drawing critical, evidence based conclusions to audiences.
During Years 11 and 12 students choose to immerse fully in Science that will lead them to their intended career pathway or just to satisfy their curiosities to become informed citizens of the world. Teachers work across disciplines to deliver a meaningful and challenging curriculum guided by the VCCA study design. Students are given the freedom to explore a current or future question of interest to them in order to develop skills such as problem solving, making informed, evidence-based decisions involving applications of Science while taking into account the ethical and social implications of decisions. In applying their understanding of scientific concepts to new situations and events, students appreciate the dynamic nature of scientific knowledge and its diversity in all walks of life, thus becoming life-long learners of Science.
Students are provided with a range of opportunities to express their passion for learning in any field they desire. They are encouraged to take part in competitions providing fuel to their fire of learning. Teachers are extremely passionate about catering to students’ learning outcomes and are constantly improving their own knowledge base to implement the latest and best strategies to achieve this goal. Students at Somerville Secondary College are provided with many platforms to showcase their learning.