Science is an integral part of our everyday lives, and so learning in science is essential in understanding the world in which we live and work. In recognition of this, Science is one of the areas of learning deemed to be “essential” for all New Zealand students. High levels of student achievement in science are seen as vital for the economic well being of the country. Some students develop a strong interest and ability in some aspect of the subject, some choose a science-related career, and some become scientists, technicians or science educators. More fundamentally, the dependence of our society on science and technology demands a high level of scientific literacy for all New Zealanders and requires a comprehensive science education for all students.
At Avondale College the science department draws on a range of strategies to maximise the learning of our students in science by fostering confidence, curiosity, and enjoyment so that our students are able to understand and use science for benefit in our society. The department is staffed by professionals who contribute to science education not only within the school by also at a national level. There is constant improvement in the programmes that are offered so that all students who study science at Avondale College have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The department offers courses in science, chemistry, biology, physics, human biology and horticulture, at various levels up to Year 13. Within these courses, learning programmes have been developed to cater for the wide range of students’ learning needs and abilities.
Director: Mr P Irwin, BSc(Hons), PGCE, CPhys