Science is a compulsory subject from Year 7 through to Year 10. Since the implementation of the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum from K – 10 students across all their compulsory schooling years will be engaged in the learning of Science as a continuum thus allowing a thorough development of the lifelong skills of critical thinking, logical process and scientific literacy. These skills, which are transferrable to many aspects of their daily lives, will enable them to be more informed young adults who will, in a very short time, be the decision-makers of the country.
a-curricular activities. Students have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities such as the RACI Crystal Growing competition, STANSW Young Scientist competition, Wollongong Science Fair, RACI National Titration competition, Women in Engineering events, the Brain Bee challenge, the Education Perfect Science World Series as well as the Big Science competition.
Science in Years 7 – 10
Science allows students a different learning environment to a regular classroom. Lessons are taught in a laboratory which serves as both a practical and a theoretical learning space. Practical experiences teach students about fair testing and results analysis in order to provide them with the ability to make considered decisions about issues that may arise in their lives. Theoretical lessons are designed to develop student ideas by allowing them to question the world around them and to engage with real-world issues.
Real-world issues covered in Science include environmental stewardship with particular emphasis on clean water, ecosystem destruction and resource use; human health and safety, particularly safety in cars, diseases and the new technology areas of biotechnology, nanotechnology and nuclear medicine; space science of our Solar System and our Universe; and the study of matter from atoms to chemicals we use every day of our lives.
Science in Years 11 and 12
Four science courses are offered in Years 11 and 12: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Senior Science.
Students may choose to study up to 3 of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Senior Science cannot be selected with any other Science course in Year 11 but can be studied in Year 12 with any of the other courses. Senior Science in Year 12 is a stand-alone course that does not require the completion of the Year 11 course for Senior Science.
In 2018 Aquinas Catholic College is undertaking a new student information system called Compass. It is a cloud-based program that will be implemented in all Sydney Catholic Schools, over the next 3 years. At the beginning of this year we will be opening the Student and Parent Portals and you will have access to parts of Compass. Throughout 2018 you will be sent instructional guides and information about Compass via the College newsletter.
The Compass Parent Portal is an integrated, online portal that allows you to access up-to-date and meaningful information about our school and your child's progress. Compass includes many different features, including the ability to:
Monitor your child's attendance, and enter an explanation for absence or lateness
Communicate with your child's teachers
Update your family contact information
View your child's timetable and the school calendar
Monitor your child's homework and assessment tasks
Download and view your child's Semester Reports and Progress Reports
Book Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
For more information please read the brochure, "Welcome to Compass - a guide for Parents and Families" found here: tinyurl.com/SecondaryParentBrochure
For instructions on how to download the Compass School Manager App, open this document.
For instructions on how to record an approval for your childs absences & lateness this 4 minute film:
Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2017
First Place in Systemic Sydney Catholic Schools (Archdiocese of Sydney)
Gia Di Pietro: Ancient History and Biology
Natasha Krois: Hospitality and PD/H/PE
Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2017 … 87% of subjects above state average
Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2017 … 61% of subjects more than 5% above state average
Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2017 … 72 Band 6s / E4s
Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2017 … 253 Band 5s / E3s
Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2017 … 325 Band 5s / 6s or E3s / E4s
College Dux Gia Di Pietro
HSC Results 99.30
Aquinas Catholic College Menai is a co-educational, Years 7-12, Catholic High school, established in 1993. The present accommodation includes the Administration Building, College library, general classrooms and the full range of specialist rooms.
College Dux Gia Di Pietro
HSC subjects above state average
Band 6's / E4's
Band 5's / E3's
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