Science is a process not a body of facts. Science at ASHS emphasises understanding of scientific concepts through practical experience and experimentation. To this end our laboratories are well equipped and maintained. Students develop the skills of experimentation, starting in Year 7 with structured activities and progressing through to the senior school where open ended independent investigations are integrated into the programs. Scientific knowledge is developed through this experience. Application to real situations is seen as critical in consolidating this knowledge.
In Years 7 and 8, students study a common course. The focus is on scientific methods, experimentation and accurate and safe use of scientific apparatus. These skills are then utilized in the study of the traditional conceptual areas, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and Physics.
Year 9 programs continue to develop these understandings.
During Year 10 some differentiation occurs. Students who have shown aptitude and ability in Science study a more in depth course designed to prepare them for more rigorous study in senior school. Those who indicate less interest and ability continue to develop their understandings in a more general course.
Our senior school has traditionally provided rigorous courses in the Sciences. Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology and Physics are available for students to study to WACE standard.
The Science Department is proud of the academic extension program in marine studies. This award winning program provides for a group of specially selected lower school students to engage in first hand research in the environment. Selection to this program is highly competitive with students being chosen on the basis of their demonstrated ability, aptitude, commitment and perseverance.
After school tutorials
The Science staff offer tutorials after school for students in senior school studying towards their WACE exams. These are available to any students. Students should consult with their teachers about the dates and times of these tutorials. There is no cost.
Teachers are most willing to discuss student progress with parents. All can be contacted by phone through the school office.
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