The complete Science curriculum at Fairhills is delivered both on site at school and at KIOSC.
Year 7 students are introduced to science in a very hands on curriculum. Topics studies at Year 7 include states of Matter, the Senses, Energy & Classification.
The Year 8 curriculum includes studies in Chemistry, Human Biology, Ecology, Geology and Energy & Robotics.
The Year 9 science curriculum focuses on 4 main topics including Chemistry, Energy, Forensics and Dynamic Earth.
The chemistry unit extends upon concepts that students have developed in Years 7 and 8 and is an excellent prelude to students wanting to continue the chemistry stream into Year 10.
The energy unit looks at alternatives to fossil fuels and renewable energy. Students design and make an electric car.
The forensic unit provides an introduction to many of the concepts seen by most students on commercial television. A visit to KIOSC allows the students to put their skills together to solve a major crime.
The dynamic earth unit traces the history of Australia from when it was once part of a supercontinent to present day. An understanding of continental drift helps the students understand why Australia has such unique flora and fauna. The unit looks at dramatic examples of plate movement resulting in earthquakes, tsunamis and mountain formation.
Students are able to choose from the science electives:
- General Science
The aim of these courses is to give students wishing to pursue these subjects in VCE a taste of the content to be covered and introduction to some key concepts.
The VCE science subjects offered at Fairhills include Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology. Students have the opportunity to participate in rich learning activities off campus. The biology students always enjoy their visit to GTAC (Gene Technology Access Centre).
Students are able to participate in the 'University of New South Wales International Science Competition'. Each student receives a certificate in recognition of their efforts from participation to high distinction.
Every year the Fairhills' Open Night provides the school and in particular science, the chance to showcase the exciting activities science has to offer - a fantastic snap shot of science at Fairhills.