The Sciences

The Science department at East Otago High School provides programmes of study that encourage the development of scientific skills and understanding from Year 7 to Year 13.

Science has an overarching strand which enables students to develop their skills in carrying out investigations, reading and understanding science information, communicating in science and understanding how society makes decisions based on science evidence.

These skills are developed through study in the four contextual strands of the New Zealand curriculum

  • Living World
  • Planet Earth and Beyond
  • Physical World
  • Material World

In Year 7 and 8 students begin to work with equipment to carry out investigations and explore ideas about Science focussing especially on our local area.

In Year 9 &10 students build on their experience and progress toward being confident in the application of skills in a range of topic areas. This allows for a stimulating practical approach, whilst supporting the basics required for NCEA Level 1 Science.

At Level 1 NCEA two Science courses are offered, dependent upon the student’s possible career requirements. The Life Science course (mixture of Science and Ag) aims to develop students understanding of science in every-day situations. There is also a course which forms the basis for study in the Level 2 Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) called General Science.

At Level 2 and 3 NCEA, specialisation occurs into Physics, Biology and Chemistry to allow students to gain access to tertiary education or further training in their chosen career.

The Science department also offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities including:

  • Entries to the Science Fair and hosting the Science Roadshow
  • Supporting students attending events such as Hands on Science and Otago University Senior Sciences Academy
  • Entry into competitions such as Teen Ag, Science Quiz
  • Science wananga for Māori students

The Science department has well qualified and experienced staff at all levels and they share a goal in actively supporting students to achieve their full potential in this subject.