Science Faculty

Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our innate desire to make sense of our world through exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems.

Head of Faculty

Miss Elisabeth Schaefer

Subjects Offered

Science News

Science Week fun at Jimmies with Physics Experiment - Levitation - Meissner Effect

St James College students celebrated National Science Week 12-20 August.

Students witnessed demonstrations using liquid nitrogen to demonstrate some fun Science activities.

The Year 7 and 8 students made ice-cream and the Year 11 and 12 Physics students proved levitation is real by showing how to make a magnetic field around a ceramic disk that acts as a superconductor when it is cooled. A Neodymium magnet was levitated above the ceramic disk. 

Watch the Physics video here
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Junior Science

At St James College Junior Science is a core subject and the curriculum taught is supplied to us from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 

  • Biological Science
  • Chemical Science
  • Earth & Space Sciences
  • Physical Science
Biological Science

The biological sciences sub-strand is concerned with understanding living things. The key concepts developed are:

  • a diverse range of living things have evolved on Earth over hundreds of millions of years
  • living things are interdependent and interact with each other and their environment
  • the form and features of living things are related to the functions that their body systems perform
Chemical Science

The chemical sciences sub-strand is concerned with understanding the composition and behaviour of substances.

The key concepts developed within this sub-strand are:

  • the chemical and physical properties of substances are determined by their structure at an atomic scale
  • substances change and new substances are produced by rearranging atoms through atomic interactions and energy transfer.
Earth & Space Sciences

The Earth and space sciences sub-strand is concerned with Earth’s dynamic structure and its place in the cosmos.

The key concepts developed within this sub-strand are:

  • Earth is part of a solar system that is part of a larger universe
  • Earth is subject to change within and on its surface, over a range of timescales as a result of natural processes and human use of resources.
Physical Science

The physical sciences sub-strand is concerned with understanding the nature of forces and motion, and matter and energy. The two key concepts developed within this sub-strand are:

  • forces affect the behaviour of objects
  • that energy can be transferred and transformed from one form to another

For more details please see the ACARA curriculum documents on the links below.

F-10 Australian Curriculum Science

Senior Science

St James College offers the following Senior Science subjects:

Biology

 Biology provides students with opportunities to engage with living systems:

  • Topics studied are:

    • cells and multicellular organisms
    • maintaining the internal environment
    • biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life
    • heredity and continuity of life.

For more information please see the QCAA site on the links below.

Senior Biology

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of materials and their properties and structure.

Topics studied are:

  • chemical fundamentals — structure, properties and reactions
  • molecular interactions and reactions
  • equilibrium, acids and redox reactions
  • structure, synthesis and design.

For more information please see the QCAA site on the links below.

Senior Chemistry

Physics

Physics provides opportunities for students to engage with classical and modern understandings of the universe.

Topics studied are:

  • thermal, nuclear and electrical physics
  • linear motion and waves
  • gravity and electromagnetism
  • revolutions in modern physics.

For more information please see the QCAA site on the links below.

Senior Physics