Figtree High School

Crescere Fidere Statuere

Telephone02 4271 2787


Science is mandatory for all students from Year 7 to Year 10.

Science 7-10 provides a way of inquiring about the world around us. It explores evidence and investigates ways to discover, develop and produce solutions to real-world problems. Science emphasises the skills for working scientifically, as well as critical and creative thinking to address scientific issues.

In Years 11 and 12, students can choose from different science disciplines, including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Investigating Science
  • Physics.

In Year 12, students who are studying at least one other science subject may also choose to study Science Extension.


Science develops students' knowledge, understanding and skills to explain and make sense of the biological, chemical, physical and technological world, enabling them to make informed choices and responsible decisions as individuals and as part of the community.

Through their study of Science, students develop a knowledge and understanding about the living and non-living world.  Students examine the historical and ongoing contribution of scientists, including Australian scientific research.  They examine the impact on their lives of scientific knowledge and its applications to their communities and surroundings. 

Students plan and conduct investigations. They analyse data and information, evaluate issues and problems, identify questions for inquiry and investigation and draw evidence-based conclusions. Through this problem-solving process students develop their critical thinking skills and creativity.

Students apply and communicate their findings, understandings and viewpoints in a scientifically literate way when making informed decisions about the natural and man made environment and the technological world.


Staff Information

  • Mr C McGavock - Head Teacher
  • Ms K Borst – Supervisor of Girls 
  • Mr Blake Thomas
  • Mr C Hardy 
  • Ms J Harvey
  • Ms A Henderson 
  • Mr B Hudson


Subjects Offered

Science is a mandatory course that is studied substantially in each of the Years 7 to 10.  Marine Studies is offered as an elective option in Year 9 and 10. Science is offered for selection in Years 11 and 12 as Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and Investigating Science.


Extra Curricular Activities

  • The Big Science Competition

  • National Youth Science Forum

  • Solar for Schools Program

  • Staff are significantly involved in the Duke on Edinburgh scheme

  • University of Wollongong Science Fair

  • University of Sydney Eureka short films