Middle School

Students develop their knowledge and understanding to be able to explain a variety of scientific concepts. They continue to develop their scientific process skills and to evaluate practical activities undertaken.

The Middle School Science elective program consists of the following semester long subjects:

1. Introductory Psychology
2. Human Biology
3. Horticultural Science
4. How Stuff Works
5. Forensic Science
6. Exploring Chemical Reactions
7. Equestrian Studies
8. Food Experiments You Can Eat (Year 10 only)
9. Pre-VCE General Science (Year 10 only)
10. Pre-VCE Physical and Chemical Science (Year 10 only)
11. Pre-VCE Biology and Bacteria (Year 10 only)

Introductory Psychology

Students are introduced to the study of Psychology, the work psychologists perform and the comparison of psychology with the more traditional sciences. It will also focus on sports psychology, clinical psychology covering topics such as goal setting and motivation, personality and mental disorders, forensic psychology and statistics.

Human Biology

In this elective, students will investigate different systems of the human body including the nervous, respiratory and endocrine system. Students will study how the human body responds to different situations and the effects of different chemicals (hormones and drugs). They will also explore energy changes which occur in the human body along with the evolution of the human species (Homo sapiens).

Horticultural Science

This elective is designed to provide students with an understanding of the growth requirements of plants. In this elective students will be participating in a variety of hands on activities around seed propagation methods, planting and caring for plants, plant life cycles and explore the nutrients and energy requirements of plants.

How Stuff Works

This subject looks at the scientific basis for how a variety of how “things” work. Through the major topic of physics, students will explore the answers to various questions such as: How do rainbows form? How do rockets work? How does an electric motor work? How do solar panels work? As a major part of this unit, students will select a topic of their choice to investigate and prepare a detailed investigation including an oral presentation to the class.

Exploring Chemical Reactions

This elective is aimed at students planning to study Year 10 or VCE Science along with those students who are interested in learning more about chemical reactions. In this subject students will study matter through activities such as looking at firework colours, compounds in soft drink, and the different types of matter in various foods. Students then will explore writing chemical formulas and equations and participate in a variety of practical experiments to explore different types of chemical reactions.

Equestrian Studies

The course will provide students with an appreciation and deeper understanding of our equine friend as part of our lifestyle, Australian Heritage and importance in one of the fastest growing and richest industries today.

Equestrian Studies Elective overview

During the elective, students will have the opportunity to participate in a Horse Riding Camp or activities program tailored to their needs. The elective is designed to enable students to gain a basic knowledge for future requirements as a pathway to a career in the Horse Industry or a VET course in Equine Studies.

Forensic Science

This elective aims to cover the skills and knowledge of how forensic investigations work. Students will gain practical skills in topics such as fingerprints, ballistics, fraud, genetics and DNA and legalities of convictions. Students will have the opportunity to learn step by step how to analyse a crime scene and assess evidence that has been collected from the scene.

Pre-VCE General Science (Year 10 only)

This elective is designed to give students a sample of topics studied within VCE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In this elective students will investigate further chemical reactions, writing balanced chemical equations, electricity, alternative energy sources (eg solar power, hydroelectricity etc) Cells, respiration and photosynthesis. Topics will be covered in depth and assessed according to VCE in order to prepare students for future studies in VCE Science. Students choosing this elective in Year 10 are encouraged to study Exploring Chemical Reactions in Year 9.

Pre-VCE Biology and Bacteria (Year 10 only)

In this elective students will study the role of DNA and genes and explore different patterns of inheritance, including inherited genetic disorders. They will also investigate current biotechnology methods and how gene technology works. In the topic Microbiology, students will explore microorganisms – the good and the bad. They will investigate diseases caused by microorganisms (eg, malaria, HIV) and learn about the transmission and control of infectious diseases.

Pre-VCE Physical and Chemical Science (Year 10 only)

This elective is designed to give students an understanding of Chemistry and Physics in preparation for VCE level. In this elective, students will explore the chemical structure and properties of different materials, perform practical experiments and write balanced equations. In the Physics topic, students will explore the relationship between force, mass and movement, magnetism and optics. Students choosing this elective in Year 10 are encouraged to study Exploring Chemical Reactions in Year 9.

Food Experiments You Can Eat (Year 10 only)

This elective explores the application of science in Food Technology. The content includes the study of microbiology, the properties of the nutrients in the foods we eat, and the ‘How and Why’ of the principles in cooking. The students would participate in one to two practical sessions in the Technological Kitchen and the remaining lessons in the Science room with ‘hands on learning’ experiments and investigation tasks. Sample topics would be ‘raising agents used in baking’, ‘the nature of protein in whisking egg whites to make meringues’, ‘cultures used in yoghurt making’ and ‘the crystallization of sugars’ in sweet making.

During the semester students would gain the knowledge and understanding required to complete a Food Handling Certificate. They will also participate in an excursion to the Yakhult Factory as an integral part of their learning.

The elective is designed to provide the student with valuable life skills as well as a pathway to the Hospitality Industry or Food Processing and Manufacturing Trades.