Science

Through the study of science, students investigate phenomena that occur over a range of scales, from the subatomic to the cosmological, from events that take place almost instantaneously to processes occurring over billions of years, from the origins of the universe to contemporary phenomena.

At Seven Hills High School the Science faculty aims to equip students with the necessary tools and knowledge, and encourage appropriate values and attitudes, to allow students to engage at many levels with the world of Science.

The Science curriculum at SHHS is in line with the changes in syllabus requirements which now reflect the National Curriculum.

Stage 4

  • Welcome to Science
  • Fun & Games
  • Wild Things
  • What's The Matter?
  • Space Invaders
  • Abra Cadabra
  • Road Trip
  • All Systems Are Go!
  • Electric Shocks

 

Stage 5

  • Ecosystems & Change
  • Useful Chemicals
  • Light, Sound, Action!
  • Nature's Fury
  • Biotechnology
  • On The Move
  • Mystery Solutions
  • Star Wars
  • Forensic Science

 

As a result of these experiences students will be assessed and reported on outcomes in Science not only on their knowledge and understanding but also on their skills in working scientifically.
 

Assessment tasks in science will include:

  • Topic tests
  • Skill tests and activities ( eg. skills in drawing and analysing graphs, tables, etc.)
  • Practical tasks at school or at home
  • Research tasks
  • Homework tasks

Facilities

At Seven Hills High School we have state of the art Science Laboratories with lab benches, fume cupboards, emergency safety switches for electrical and gas as well as data projectors or Interactive Whiteboards. This allows Science student's to conduct experiments safely and learn using the latest technology.

Excursions

Taronga Zoo

Each year as part of the Year 7 Science Program, ‘Wild Things' a visit to Taronga Zoo enables students to experience and appreciate the diversity of animal life found on our planet. Students attend an interactive presentation given by zoo staff, covering topics such as diversity among vertebrates and invertebrates, classification and adaptations.

Opportunities in Science

ICAS Science Competition

An international test style competition run by The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools. It assesses students' skills in interpreting data, applying data and higher order skills including investigating, reasoning and problem solving. Students in Years 7-10 have the opportunity to participate in the Science Competition.

Streamwatch

Streamwatch is a long running water monitoring program initiated by Sydney Water and the Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA). In 2013 the Australian Museum took over the running of the program supported by Sydney Water. At Seven Hills a students can nominate to be a part of the Streamwatch program in Year 8. The group regularly monitor water quality at Lalor Creek through the testing of chemical and biological features of the waterway.

Victor Chang Award

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute School Science Award has been developed to encourage an interest in science among secondary school students and promote science as a rewarding career choice. This award is given to one Year 10 student per year.