“The important thing in SCIENCE is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.”
Sir William Bragg, 1915 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics
At MMCC, the Science Department aims to stretch our student’s way of thinking to solve real world problems, through a range of scientific investigations and inquiry-based activities, within and beyond the classroom.
Science is a mandatory subject in Years 7-10. Students will be assessed on their achievement of outcomes and will receive a grade for Science on their report each semester. Satisfactory completion of all mandatory course outcomes must be achieved prior to progression to Stage 6. At MMCC, the Science Department aims to stretch our student’s way of thinking to solve real world problems, through a range of scientific investigations and inquiry-based activities, within and beyond the classroom.
Within the classroom, our learning programs are continuously developing to meet student interests as well as engage them in current issues that face them. In Year 7, students develop basic scientific skills but at the same time learn what it is like to be a scientist, focussing on the work of past and present scientists. In Year 8, in Taking A Closer Look, students undertake a research project of a current technology involved in the treatment of diseases and propose. Year 9 students explore current and possible future technologies to meeting the energy needs of Australia in the unit on Earth Hour. This year, Year 9 Newman students also raised awareness in our College community how electricity was wasted in our classrooms and led the school in a one-hour shut-down of all lights on the eve of the annual Earth Hour event across the World. (see Earth hour movie made by students showing the number of classrooms in MMCC that had electricity left on in the classrooms during lunch and recess in folder) In the unit on Crash, our Year 10 students learn how a study of the physics of motion can make them better drivers as many students are taking on their Ps during that time.
Year 11 -12
At our College, we offer the following 2-Unit Stage 6 Science subjects:
In Year 11, students cant take a maximum of 6 units f science from Biology, chemistry and Physics. alternatively, students can choose to select Senior science, which cannot be taken in combination with the other 3 sciences at the Preliminary level. However, for the HSC, students may choose to take Senior Science with either one or two of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All four science courses are very rigorous Board Developed courses, and our students have consistently obtained above state average results in the HSC for a number of these courses.
Beyond the classroom, students are involved in a range of activities and excursions. Biology and Senior Science students embark on a field trip to Mt Keira as part of their study of a local ecosystem in Year 11, and then again In Year 12 to the Museum of Human Diseases to study diseases and the range of technologies to treat diseases. Physics students visit Sydney University to engage in a series of kickstart Physics activities, whilst Chemistry students visit Maritime Museum as part of their course on Shipwrecks.
Examining a leaf as part of the Ecosystem fieldwork Biology and Senior Science students at Mt Keira
This year, a record number of 80 students from Year 10 participated in the Neuroscience Brain Bee online Competition in March. Three students made it into Round 2, which was held at the School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Campbelltown campus on Monday 22 August 2016. The students were: Sandra Aboui, Duong Pham and Anja Yousif. Although they did not win make it through to the finals, the girls did our College proud.
In 2017 all our Year 10students from Newman will be sitting for this exam. Students from Core classes who got a B in Science will also be invited to attend this competition. Participants are encouraged to go to the website http://www.abbc.edu.au/ and download the pdf for Round 1, to study for the first round test,a and online test, which will be held in March 2017.
Every Year, we identify only our brightest Year 11 Science students in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to participate in the Science Olympiad Qualifying Exams. These exams form the Australian Science Olympiad Competition, which is a national extension program for top performing secondary science students.
It is with pleasure to announce that the results for 2016 were fantastic: Cattleya Mai achieved Distinction in Chemistry and Credit in Physics, Lana Balqa and Tiffanii Tran received Credits in Chemistry, and Jenny Nguyen received Credit in Physics. The other students who participated in this rigorous competition and received participating certificates were Cindy Nguyen, Cynthia Trang, Olivia Chum, Carmel Gutierrez, Rose Amanouil, Diana Al-Tawel and Tanisha Balgos. Australian Science Olympiad Competition ,
The Stars Thinking and Research Skills Challenge (STARS) is an annual 3-day program for Gifted & Talented Year 9 and 10 Science students, organised by Sydney Catholic Schools, to research current issues in a competitive way.
Last year’s challenge was centred on future developments in 21st Century Transport. As in the previous two years, our girls won the challenge over other Catholic Schools in the Southern Region, with the team of Gabriella Perovic, Allyn Puente and Alana Giovinazzo winning first place for their winning Imovie presentation on “How does car to car communication between driverless cars provide a safe experience for drivers and bystanders.” The other team of Dzung Pham, Rand Amanouil and Amy Ho won second place for their Imovie presentation on the “How could the use of hydrogen fuel cells in vehicles be sustainable through the use of solar panels?” The girls spent a number of lunch times at the College as well as at home to research the science behind their proposals. Thanks also to their teachers, Miss Kennedy and Ms Mathieu for mentoring the girls in this project.
Education Perfect Science Championships
Last year, MMCC students did very well in the Education Perfect Science World online Competition with Lord Balqa and Duong Pham getting the Elite awards, answering more than 10,000 questions correctly over a one-week period; Cindy Duong, Merna Matti, Dzung Pham, Mariam Polis, Kathy To, and Rachel Nguyen receiving the Gold Awards; Rand Amanouil, Marya Nafea and Alana Giovinazzo got the Silver Award; Aleesha Bunrith, Julyana Hadad, Amy Ho and Madeline Youekana got the Bronze Award; Maryanne Anoya, Lana Balqa, Lucilla Dos Santos, Tuyet Huynh, Sophiline Khun and Cynthia Trang received the Credit Awards. Well done to all those who participated. They answered in total more than 80,000 questions on science correctly over a one-week period.
Look out for next year’s competition in August. Visit the website: http://worldseries.educationperfect.com/world-series.html
Students receiving Awards for Olympiad, Education Perfect and STARS at the school assembly
This is a wonderful experience to current Year 9 & 10 students will be soon open at the end of Term 1. Interested students are to see Ms Mathieu or Mrs Tungul for further information. In 2016, 25 Year 9 and 10 students attended the 3-day activities at Sydney University in January, where they experienced being a forensic scientist for a day.