The Science Learning Area at Applecross Senior High School includes an extensive range of experienced and enthusiastic specialist teachers. In lower school, we offer differentiated pathways for students with a broad range of abilities to cater to their individual needs. In upper school, we have both ATAR and General courses so students with a passion for Science can choose the area of science that interests them and will allow them to achieve their future ambitions.
Science provides a practical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world. The knowledge it produces has proved to be a reliable basis for action in our personal, social and economic lives. Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour that arises from our desire to make sense of our world by exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems. Science aims to understand a large number of observations in terms of a much smaller number of broad principles. Science knowledge is contestable and is revised, refined and extended as new evidence arises.
The Western Australian Science Curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. The curriculum supports students in developing the scientific knowledge, understandings, and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.
We also offer electives in Year 9 and 10, including Shark Tank, Science of Flight, Global Citizenship and Sustainability, and Psychology. We encourage our Academic Extension and Acceleration students to enter a number of competitions throughout the year and participate in camps, excursions and incursions to broaden their knowledge and understanding.