The Rotorua Girls High School Science Faculty Programme

Science is compulsory in the junior school during Year 9 and Year 10 and then optional in the following 3 years. The Year 9 and 10 programmes aim to develop the student’s skills and competencies as well as prepare them for Level 1 NCEA Science Standards. Junior courses include formative tired assessments to practise for the research and investigation standards at Year 11.

Year 9Year 10Year 11Year 12Year 13
Science Core Subject Level 4/5Science Core Subject Level 5/6NCEA Level 1 Physical ScienceChemistry Level 2Chemistry Level 3
NCEA Level 1Natural ScienceBiology Level 2Biology Level 3
Physics Level 2Physics Level 3

Science Competitions and Quizzes

These are a vital learning tool for the student. Questions are designed to challenge students to think critically and solve scientific problems using everyday examples. It provides them with formal testing experience and exposure to questioning techniques…as well as Certificates for their portfolios.

The Big Science Competition is sponsored by Rio Tinto with the chance of some big prizes – good luck to the students who are sitting later this month.

ICAS is also another international competition which is aligned with our Curriculum so the girls’ have every opportunity to perform to their best. This is also held later this month.

Education Outside the Classroom - Science Trips

Experiencing science is important and a number of successful trips take place during the year. Students may visit an Observatory to view the stars during Matariki – which will be a focus during our ‘Space’ topic, or a Zoo adventure to observe animal behaviour.

Year 13 Biology visit Auckland Zoo to look at how primates are related to Humans. The students examine gorilla skeletons and compare them to humans followed byan exploration of the zoo and the behaviours of the magnificent animals on display.

Fonterra Roadshow occurs during August and will provide a hands-on opportunity for Junior students.

Senior Chemistry students have a day out in industry to experience the science involved in the production of products eg FOOD

Level 2 and Level 3 Physics classes go to Waikato University for the annual Osborne lecture series

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