Riverside Girls High School

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A study of science is mandatory for all students from Kindergarten to Year 10.

In science, students explore the natural and made worlds. They learn how to apply scientific skills, knowledge and understanding across a broad range of contexts.

Science 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. The inquiry and skill-based nature of science opens doors to ideas and discoveries.

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

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

'The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.'

  • Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German physicist

Our aim is to provide students with an understanding of the scientific method and an appreciation of its application to both learning about the world and solving problems in the world.

Our programs:

  • encourage students to recognize the complexity of both the natural world and the created world but to perceive the basic patterns that underlie many systems.
  • enable students to develop coherent and well-reasoned opinions that are supported by accurate and reliable information.
  • challenge students to develop their skills in experimentation, problem solving and communication of their findings.
  • provide opportunities for students to consider the many aspects of the world that science impacts upon and the career opportunities available to those interested in Science.

'Science is simply common sense at its best that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.'

  • Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) English biologist.