The Science faculty supports the Monivae College Mission Statement by aiming to provide a Science education, in a Catholic school, which encourages all students to realise their unique potential in a caring environment.
To be human is to be curious about the world we live in, to wonder why it is that way, and to ask about our place in it. A fundamental goal of science education is to stimulate, respond to and nourish such curiosity, wonder and questioning. Science provides us with one view of the world - a view that changes as our knowledge and understanding of science evolve.
Science is a human process influencing and influenced by social values. Science has a long and fascinating history of human attempts to appreciate, understand, control and manage our world. Scientists use techniques of scientific investigation to create an understanding of the world. The resulting cumulative knowledge is part of our human heritage.
A major goal of science education is to develop citizens who are capable of engaging in informed debate about science and its applications. Science education provides opportunities for students to develop the skills and understanding appropriate to service and good citizenship. It also encourages students to articulate science values and accept the ethical principles embedded in science research. While only some students directly pursue a career in science and scientific research, all students need to appreciate the significance of science for the long-term future of our society.
The Monivae Science Graduate
Among other things, the Monivae graduate will have:
- an interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live
- an understanding of the vision that science provides of the nature of living things, of the Earth and its place in the cosmos, and of the physical and chemical processes that explain the behaviour of all material things
- an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry
- an ability to solve problems and make informed, evidence-based decisions about current and future applications of science while taking into account ethical and social implications of decisions and
- an understanding of historical and cultural contributions to science as well as contemporary science issues and activities.
Why study the subject?
Science is a compulsory part of a student's education and a sequential program of study developed from Year 7 through to Year 10. This study sequence prepares students to choose any of the VCE Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology.
- Year 7 & 8 Science
- Year 9 Science
- Year 10 Science
- Agricultural Studies (an optional semester-long unit that will be offered at Year 10 in either Semester, dependent upon interest).
- VCE Biology
- VCE Chemistry
- VCE Physics
- VCE Psychology
Science Faculty Leader
Ms. Nicola Crawford