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Science

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The Science faculty offers a variety of learning opportunities through direct teaching, digital formats, and inquiry and discovery-based approaches.

Classes offered to 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;
  • online digital pltform STILE wih links to COSMOS.

 

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.Science at the beach

In Science, our senior and transition years (Year 10) offerings include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Environment, and Marine Science.  In the middle school, students study the range of sciences following the Australian Science Curriculum. 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.
Students in all year levels have been engaged in a diverse range of scientific investigations, research projects and field trips in all five fields of Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Marine and Earth and Environmental Science.  Students have also been involved in the development of the Aquaponics system that integrates the existing Aquaculture fish farming system with Hydroponics.  The system will be used by a number of year levels to understand the science behind the challenge of providing food for the future while being efficient in our use of energy and water. 

As we look towards 2022 and beyond, we will be constantly reviewing our various units to focus on incorporating the cognitive verbs that are embedded  in the new ATAR programs as well as the key skills students need for the 21st Century including critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.

Science subjects offered for junior and senior students

Year level

Subjects offered

Years 7 and Year 8

Core Science

Crest

Year 9 and Year 10 Sem. 1

Core Science

Pipeline Project

Year 10 Sem. 2

Pre Senior Chemistry

Pre Senior Physics

Pre Senior Biology

Pre Senior Marine Science

Pre Senior Earth and Environment

Year 11

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Marine Science

Marine Aquatic Practices

Earth and Environment Science

Year 12

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Marine Science

Marine Aquatic Practices

Earth and Environment Science

Competitions and Excursions

Science competitions and excursions provide an opportunity for students to apply their skills and learn more.

Title

Year Level

Venue

Dates

Science & Engineering Challenge

Year 9 &10 extension

University of the Sunshine Coast

Ngungun

Year 8

Mt Ngungun

Term 2

Aquatic Prac. Camp
Year 12
Stradbroke Island
Term 2
Sea Life
Year 10 Marine
SealifeTerm 3
Rocky Shore
Year 10 Biology
Mt Coolum
Term 3
Aussie World
Year 10 PhysicsAussie WorldTerm 3
Maleny Biosystem
Year 10 Earth ScienceMalenyTerm 3

Forensic Science

Incursion

Year 7
SBSHS
Term 3
Sailing Training
Year 12 Aquatic Practices

Noosa Yacht &

Rowing Club

Term 4

Heron Island Research Investigation

Year 11 

Marine Science,  Biology, Earth Science

University of Qld Research Station

Heron Island

Term 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.


 

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Contact Details

Mr Martin Taylor – Head of Department

Telephone – 5440 4249

Email: mtayl137@eq.edu.au 

Curriculum leaders 2022

Subject Area

2022

Year 7 Science

Guy Villiers

Year 8 Science

Jason Fitzpatrick

Year 9 Science

Othelia Rowley

Year 10 Science

Rob Burton

11 Biology

Rosa Lohrish

12 Biology

Rob Burton

11 Chemistry

Geoff Hounslow

12 Chemistry

Othelia Rowley

11 Physics

Andrew Savage

12 Physics

Lachlan Kent

11 Marine Science

Kate Brown

12 Marine Science

Kate Brown

11 Earth and Environment

Rosa Lohrisch

12 Earth and Environment

Rob Funk

11 Aquatic Practices

Daryl Pierce

12 Aquatic Practices

Daryl Pierce

 

Staff

Mr Peter Allom
Email:  pall02@eq.edu.au

Mr Rogan Anderson
Email:  rande336@eq.edu.au

Mr Candice Bek
Email:  crbek0@eq.edu.au

Mrs Kate Brown
Email: khbro0@eq.edu.au

Mr Robert Burton
Email: rburt67@eq.edu.au

Mr John Burton
Email:  jburt110@eq.edu.au

Mr Stefan Butler
Email:  sbutl137@eq.edu.au

Mrs Rochelle Dawson
Email: rdaws18@eq.edu.au

Mr Marc Dudley
Email: mcdud0@eq.edu.au

Mr Jason Fitzpatrick
Email: jfitz62@eq.edu.au

Mr Robin Funk 
Email: rxfun0@eq.edu.au

Mr Lachlan Haynes
Email: lhayn37@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

Ms Peta McLeary
Email: pmcle23@eq.edu.au

Mrs Nicole Mecklem
Email: nmeck1@eq.edu.au 

Mr Daryl Pierce
Email: dpier7@eq.edu.au

Mr Tim Price
Email: tpric21@eq.edu.au 

Mrs Othelia Rowley
Email: orowl2@eq.edu.au

Ms Margot Reeve
Email: meree0@eq.edu.au  

Mr Andrew Savage
Email: ajsav0@eq.edu.au

Mr Mathew Sekfy
Email: mesek0@eq.edu.au

Ms Jane Treston
Email: jtres8@eq.edu.au 

Mr Guy Villiers
Email: gvill12@eq.edu.au

Laboratory Staff

Mr Craig Ellis
Email: celli85@eq.edu.au

Mrs Patricia Walker
Email: pwalk35@eq.edu.au

Mr Rod Echague
Email: recha1@eq.edu.au

Mrs Gail Eden
Email: geden5@eq.edu.au

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Last reviewed 25 November 2021
Last updated 25 November 2021