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Canterbury Boys High School

Canterbury Boys High School

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

Science at Canterbury Boys High School 

We have an extensive science program at Canterbury Boys High School. It is designed to develop the skills and knowledge that help explain and make sense of the biological, chemical, physical and technological world. It also focuses on developing a sense of curiosity and encourages a spirit of enquiry.

Our aim is to develop critical thinking skills and creativity in all students. Student learning takes place within contexts which are familiar and relevant to them. Canterbury Boys' High School has five laboratories each catering for science from Years 7 to 12. Teachers challenge and support all types of learners in their classes so that the students develop a lifelong interest in Science and an awareness of the importance of science in their lives. Theory and practical work are supported by state of the art technologies including computers, data loggers and interactive whiteboards. The students are encouraged to participate in a range of Science related activities, competitions, excursions and fieldwork.

Canterbury Boys' High School is a University of Sydney teacher enrichment academy and the science faculty has embraced the ideas to utilise unique teaching and learning opportunities within a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) project in stage 5.

Canterbury Boys High School has an ongoing partnership with Tom Gordon, Science Communicator for the School of Physics, University of Sydney as part of the commonwealth science and industrial research organisation (CSIRO) Scientists in Schools program. We are privileged to work with Tom and together we share enthusiasm, expertise, and knowledge as we are a committed team striving to achieve high quality outcomes in science for all our students.

The science department also has an outstanding telescope – a computer controlled Celestron 8 inch reflecting telescope and staff with expertise in its use.

Science at Canterbury Boys' High School will equip students with strong foundations which will prepare them for further study in the various disciplines of science and related areas.

What subjects/courses do we offer?

The science faculty offers a wide range of subjects and courses that vary when it comes to the Year of a student. Which includes subjects and courses for different Year groups such as:

  • Stage 4 (Year 7 and 8) – 6 lessons/2 week cycle 
  • Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) – 5 lessons/cycle (for Year 9), 6 lessons/cycle in Year 10 (elective) and and technology (electronics, STEM, Kitchen Chemicals and Advanced Science electives).
  • Stage 6 (college classes) – biology (ATAR), chemistry (ATAR), physics (ATAR) and investigating science (ATAR).

Depending on the students Year group they will follow the science curriculum designated to best suit them and their level. Which have been rigorously designed and structured for the students to get the most out of their classes.

Download the Year 7 Science course stucture (PDF 122KB) for more information.

Download the Year 8 Science course structure (PDF 315KB) for more information.

Download the Year 9 Science course structure (PDF 120KB) for more information.

Download the Year 10 Science course structure (PDF 348KB) for more information.

What will students learn about in Science?

Through their study of science, our boys develop knowledge and skills to explain and make sense of their world, so they can make responsible decisions as individuals and as part of their community. Students examine the historical and continuing contributions of scientists and the implications of scientific research for scientific knowledge, society, technology and the environment.

What will students learn to do?

We teach the boys to think scientifically, applying investigative, problem solving and communication skills. The boys' learning is supported by an extensive program of experiments, information technology, excursions, incursions and guest speakers, Students work individually and in teams in planning and conducting investigations. They evaluate issues and problems, identify questions for inquiry and draw evidenced-based conclusions from their investigations. Through this problem-solving process students' develop their critical thinking skills and creativity. They gain experience in making informed decisions and in communicating their understanding and viewpoints.

For all science enquiries, please contact the Head Teacher of Science, Marilena Webster on 02 9798 8444.