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​Science

 
The Science faculty offers a variety of learning opportunities through direct teaching, digital formats, and inquiry and discovery-based approaches.
 
Classes offer students:
• supportive and productive relationships through investigating science as a team
• weekly experimental based lessons
• exposure to Science through models, displays, plants and other specimens
• learning through information and communication technology (ICT) and data collection methods
• group and individual investigation tasks
• challenges and extension activities promoting the process of high-order thinking.
• participation in CASE based challenges and STEM projects
 
 
At Sunshine Beach SHS, Science and Marine represent a substantial part of the overall subject offerings within the school. We have a highly motivated and dedicated team of teachers with extensive experience both in teaching and industry who are passionate about their subject areas. Our staff have worked hard over the years to make their subjects fun and real life by including many hands-on activities and excursions. Our laboratories and resources are modern and extensive.


Hydroponics and aquaculture systems provide students with the opportunity for research and our Marine Department has five vessels for on-water activities and powerboat licensing. Check out our individual subject areas to see these activities and resources.


In Science, our Senior and transition years (Year 10) offerings include the usual high level OP subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Marine Studies but also a vocational subject - Marine and Aquatic Practices. In the Middle School, students study the range of sciences. Many of our past students have gone into successful high paying careers like medicine, health sciences, engineering, architecture and international seafaring, to mention just a few.
 

Science subjects offered for Junior and Senior students 

 

​Year level ​Subjects offered
Year 7 and Year 8

​Core Science

Crest

​Year 9 and Year 10 Sem. 1

​Core Science

​Year 10 Sem. 2

​Pre Senior Chemistry

Pre Senior Physics

Pre Senior Biology

Pre Senior Marine Science

​Year 11

​Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Marine Science

Marine Aquatic Practices

​Year 12

​Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Marine Science

Marine Aquatic Practices

 

Competitions and Excursions

 
Science competitions and excursions provide an opportunity for students to apply their skills and learn more.
 
Title
Year Level
Venue
Term
Science & Engineering Challenge
Year 10 extension
USC
1
Science & Engineering Discovery Day
Year  7 Crest
USC
1
Forensic Science
Year 7
SBSHS
2
Ngungun
Year 8
Mt Ngungun
2
Boat Safe
Training
Year 11
Marine Science
Noosa River
2,3
Sea Life
Underwater World
Year 10
Marine Science
Sea Life
3
ICAS Competition
Junior School
SBSHS
2
Science Investigation Awards
Year 11 and 12
USC
3
Coastal Engineering Investigation
Year 11
Marine Science
Noosa Spit and
Sunshine Beach
3
Commercial Fishing
Year 11
Marine Science
Mooloolah River Fisheries and Boating and
Fisheries Department
2
Heron Island Research Investigation
Year 12
Marine Science and Biology
University of Qld Research Station
Heron Island
2
Physics Story Bridge and
Theme Park Physics
Year 11 and 12 Physics
Brisbane Story Bridge
Dreamworld
3
Sail
Training
Year 12 Marine Aquatic Practices
Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club
4

 

STEM

 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) touch almost every aspect of our lives.

We have smartphones and tablets. We have driverless cars and surgical robots. We have expeditions going on beyond our solar system. Innovations driven by people skilled in STEM are changing how we live, work and understand the world.

The Department of Education and Training is strengthening STEM education in Queensland state schools. This is to equip young Queenslanders to contribute to this changing world. Across the education system, we are using wide-ranging strategies to develop STEM capabilities.

We want our students to harness the opportunities and meet the challenges of the future.
 

CASE   Cognitive Acceleration in Science Education

 
Sunshine Beach has incorporated this program into the Junior Science Course for all students.
 
“Cognitive Acceleration” is a good description of the programmes which accelerate the development of students’ thinking so that they become more intelligent, faster.  They are sets of problem-solving classroom activities geared to different ages which provide learners with interesting and puzzling challenges. Carefully orchestrated by trained teachers, students tackle the problems collectively, reach their own conclusions, and reflect on the thinking processes they used. As they progress through the graded problems they become more confident, both at solving the puzzles and at knowing when they are “stuck” and seeking help from peers or from the teacher.
 
The programmes start from Year 7 current levels of thinking and extend them through lively scenes of interactions which accelerate the development of their thinking (based on the premise that the mind of the youngster develops through experiences and challenges rather than just maturing with age).
 
What do they look like?

Each CASE programme consists of from 15 to 30 activities intended to be used over the course of the Year 7, 8 and 9 Science course. The activities are grouped into particular types of thinking called “Reasoning Patterns” which underlie all high-level thinking and can be applied to many different contexts. Each activity has detailed instructions for the teacher and many have sample materials that can be copied for learners.

Tutorials

 
The Science Department Senior Teachers offers free tutorials to our Senior cohort in the Resource Centre from 1:45 to 3:00pm on various days depending on availability.
 
The aim is to help students with classwork and assignments. It should be emphasized that these tutorials are not just for students experiencing difficulty with their classwork. Many of our top students take advantage of this time to get additional support.

Enrichment Programs

 
Each year, we have a number of students who have shown outstanding ability in Science. Our school aims to support enrichment opportunities through numerous processes - differentiated curriculum, accelerated placement (if appropriate), extended project based learning.

These may include:
• extension Science classes in Years 8, 9 and 10;
• completing a university subject via the Headstart program at the University of the Sunshine Coast. If they pass this subject, they are granted automatic entry into the university, irrespective of their OP. The University of Queensland has a similar program.
• International, National and local competitions.
 

Interesting and exciting activities of Science and Marine

Aquaculture

 
Our aquaculture facilities include a self maintaining system for the production of fish and Red Claw Crayfish.  Students then learn how to handle, feed and collect data regarding their growth under varying conditions. In each of our marine classrooms, there are also banks of twelve aquariums.
 
Our Year 10 Marine students learn how to establish, care for and maintain these aquariums throughout the year. They gain an appreciation for living things and skills they can use at home as well. Students also are given the opportunity to visit several commercial aquaculture operations on the coast.

Hydroponics

These eight closed systems allow students to produce a range of vegetables, herbs and flowers under various conditions of nutrition, crowding and light. Because the eight systems are separate, they can study the impact due to lack of certain nutrients.  This is particularly useful for our Senior Biology and Chemistry students pursuing individual research projects.

Rocketry

Our future physicists and engineers love this topic. Students design and build their own rockets whilst learning about aerodynamics and propulsion. They then compete with each other to see whose rocket reaches the greatest height - several hundred metres is the record. Rockets are launched on the school oval.

Dreamworld Visit

Senior Physics students partake in an extensive unit on the design, construction and motion of theme park rides. The only way to completely understand the workings of theme park rides is to experience them first hand. A day trip to Dreamworld is an essential part of this learning.

Story Bridge Climb

 

This famous Brisbane icon will be climbed by Physics students as part of a construction unit focusing on bridge and building design. Students not only experience the dizzy heights of this bridge but also will also enjoy the wonderful history of the design and construction of this bridge.
 

Heron Island Field Studies

 

Ask any past Biology or Marine Studies student what the most memorable event in their school life has been and they will all say “Heron Island”.  Whilst on the island they complete their own individual marine biology extended experimental investigation. This forms a major part of their assessment in both subjects. Every student leaves the island with a far greater understanding and appreciation of the reef and its value to us as humans. Whilst there, they also have the opportunity to see firsthand the marine life through reef walks and snorkeling. To see some more photos and video of Heron Island see the camps and excursions page of the website.

 

Power Boating and Sailing

 

As part of our Senior Marine subjects, students are given thorough training in powerboat handling and sailing. Our Marine Department has four aluminium powerboats and a centre console rigid inflatable. Our teachers are accredited to issue Boat Safe Licences and students are tested at the end of Year 11.           
 

 

Dedicated team of Science staff 

Science Faculty telephone - 5440 4246

Mr Martin Taylor – Head of Department (Acting)
Telephone – 5440 4249
 
Mr Peter Allom
Email:  pall02@eq.edu.au
 
Mr Robert Burton
Email: rburt67@eq.edu.au
 
Mr John Burton
Email:  jburt110@eq.edu.au
 
Mr Kurt Barrow
Email:   kbarr118@eq.edu.au
 
Ms Katie Clewett
Email:    kclew7@eq.edu.au
 
Mr Ryan Daley
Email:  rdale41@eq.edu.au
 
Ms Madison Dohnt
Email: mdohn4@eq.edu.au
 
Mr Martin Dorey
Email: mdore6@eq.edu.au
 
Mr Jason Fitzpatrick
Email: jfitz62@eq.edu.au
 
Mr Robin Funk 
Email: rxfun0@eq.edu.au
 
Mr Geoffrey Hounslow
Email: ghoun1@eq.edu.au
 
Mr Lachlan Kent
Email:  lkent18@eq.edu.au
 
Ms Rosemary Lohrisch
Email: rxloh1@eq.edu.au
 
Mrs Tracy Mathews 
Email: tmatt30@eq.edu.au
 
Mrs Nicole Mecklem
Email: nmeck1@eq.edu.au
 
Mr Daryl Pierce
Email: dpier7@eq.edu.au
 
Mr Ben Pollari
Email: bkpol0@eq.edu.au
 
Mrs Othelia Rowley
Email: orowl2@eq.edu.au
 
Ms Jane Treston
Email: jtres8@eq.edu.au
 
Mr Guy Villiers
Email: gvill12@eq.edu.au
 
Laboratory Staff

Mrs Patricia Walker
Email:   pwalk35@eq.edu.au
 
Mrs Dianne McKinlay
Email:    dmcki33@eq.edu.au
 
Mrs Gail Eden
Email:   geden5@eq.edu.au