Science is the way of knowing and doing that helps students to gain a deeper understanding of the world. Scientific knowledge is a set explanation for things in the world that are continually tested and changed in the light of current evidence. Scientists work in ways
which influence the conclusions they make. People who understand how scientists work are more likely to make thoughtful and critical decisions about lifestyle, health and environment. Working scientifically in involves investigating, understanding and communicating. PLHS
has recently undergone a multi-million dollar upgrade in facilities to make Science a fantastic and exciting journey for our students.
Physically, the department has 6 laboratories including specialised Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Research labs, with ICT facilities (wireless internet, two laptop trolleys each with 20 laptops) and a fully equipped Aquaculture Centre which provide pathways to the local fishing industry.
Teachers also use mobile interactive whiteboards as resources to further enhance effective teaching and learning. The dedicated Science staff members are specialists in their own scientific fields and deliver an integrated curriculum with a Literacy focus.
Middle School Pathway:
Science in the Middle School is based on the National Australian Curriculum.
Science teaches students to investigate, understand concepts and theories as well as the scientific method which is used to define, expand and improve what is currently known.
The skills of communication, Inquiry Learning, use of practical equipment and working in groups are practiced. Embedded literacy skills in Science expect students to explore types of text/genres (cause/effect, problem/solution, compare/contrast, defining and describing), learn scientific terminology, practice communication skills (effectively analyse, argue, justify and generalise) and use texts types appropriate to Science such as reports, essays, expositions and multimedia presentations.
Embedded ICT skills assist students to use the Internet for research and the programs Word, Excel, Click View and PowerPoint etc. to present their assignments.
The curriculum covers the four distinct areas of Biology, Geology, Physics and Chemistry with an Introduction to Aquaculture in Year 9.
Senior School Pathway
Science is rewarding! Students who study Science in the Senior School begin to answer the eternal and fundamental questions of “How?”, “Why?” and “What If?”, which all of us have been thinking about since before we began to talk. Science is one of the most exciting and challenging subjects in the PLHS curriculum.
The following courses are offered:
Science General (Semester 1): Elements & Compounds, Cells, Disease, Our Future Energy, Exploring the Universe, Geology/Rocks and Mining Science for SACE (Semester 2): Genetics, Species Survival, Chemicals in Environment, Road Science, Space Travel, Introduction to Psychology unit
Aquaculture: History, Local farm produce, Growing aquatic organisms and Animal Husbandry
Year 11 (Stage 1):
The following are all semester/full year subjects. We strongly recommend that students who wish to study certain science subjects in Year 12 should also study a full year of that subject in Year 11.
Chemistry, Physics, Psychology (Semester or full year subjects), Biology: General, Biology: Physiology, Scientific Studies: Marine (Semester subject), Scientific Studies: Earth Science/Geology (Semester subject)
Year 12 (Stage 2):
Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Psychology, Scientific Studies: Marine Science and Aquaculture (through Workplace Practices)