Bellingen High School

Truth Triumphs

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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 staff 

There are seven science teachers. This includes the Head Teacher Science and the Agriculture teacher. There is also a science laboratory assistant and and an agriculture assistant. Together, the science staff work effectively as a team to deliver the highest quality learning experiences available to the students. The science teachers have a wealth of teaching experience and are ably supported by their assistants.

Science facilities

The school has four well-equipped, modern science laboratories. With the purchase of three data loggers, the science staff ensure senior students are offered learning experiences which are essential to the completion of their courses. There is also a science room which is set up with computers with internet access. The school has an outstanding agriculture plot which is surrounded by the picturesque Bellinger Valley.

Science courses

We base our science courses on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NSEA), for the syllabus details and information visit the NESA website for:

We offer these subjects as electives in the years shown:

  • Agriculture in Year 8, 9 and 10 
  • Marine studies in Year 9
  • Electronics in Year 9

In Stage 6 our students can choose to study:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • senior science 
  • VET primary industries.

Year 10 students may also choose Earth and Environmental Studies' and Agriculture for their preliminary Year 11 studies. These courses run when numbers permit.