Science means knowledge. In reality this means that it is about observing the world that we live in, questioning the parts that you don’t understand and then searching to find the answer. At St Brigid’s students of all ages are provided with a variety of opportunities to learn about science and therefore understand the world in which they live.
At St Brigid’s we are privileged to have five fully equipped scientific laboratories for the students to work in. Each laboratory is set up to enable both practical and theoretical classes, with safety always the highest priority. Students from Year 7 up are timetabled into the laboratories for their classes. Students in the Junior School also visit the laboratories for special occasions such as Science Week as well as some individual lessons.
Technology is becoming increasingly important in everyday lives, and science is no exception. Each laboratory has a data projector and is set up to be utilised with laptops and interactive hardware and software available to the staff. Students also have access to their own laptops connected to the network via wireless connections. This enables students to access online resources, interactive programs and use data probes in experiments as well as general computer programs.
Students from Pre-primary to Year 10 study the Western Australian Curriculum. Through the strands of Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills students come to understand how scientists investigate and see how the knowledge is applied in the real world. With a large inquiry focus, students enjoy a balance of practical and theoretical learning opportunities. The Science Understanding strand is presented in four areas; Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Earth and Space Sciences. These are all assessed with equal weighting which promotes a well-rounded learner.
Once students enter Year 11 and 12 they are able to specialise in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics and/or Psychology. They are provided with a variety of learning opportunities to cater to all learning styles and assist students in broadening their range of skills, knowledge and understanding. These include practicals, research tasks, investigations, modelling as well as theory lessons. Assessment types range from tests, examinations, assignments, investigations and other specific tasks. Field trips or excursions supplement class teaching and enable students to experience relevant aspects of the content. Teachers work intensively with the students to assist them with developing a good understanding of the concepts covered and assessment expectations so that each student has the opportunity to reach their potential.