The SJFC Science Department believes that to become informed members of society and leaders in the world each person should have a basic understanding of science. Thus, our main goal is to guide students along their path to becoming global citizens who are well versed in the methods and ideas of science. To achieve this aim, student's use scientific reasoning and thinking skills to communicate effectively, work cooperatively, problem solve and use technology to allow them to become lifelong learners who can thrive in a world that is becoming increasingly dependent on scientific knowledge and technology.
Our philosophy is that the best way to learn science is by doing science. Our courses emphasize hands on engaging activities and students are also encouraged to express their own ideas in an environment that is both supportive and respects the individual's right to hold different opinions on issues. They are also taught to recognise that scientific knowledge is dynamic and must be adapted to reflect new discoveries and ideas.
All students study Science in Years 7 to 10 which is broken down into specific modules that challenges and extends them and forms a strong foundation for the rigour of Senior school science. In Year 11 and 12 students can study the subjects of Biology, Chemistry or Physics which promote awareness of our place in, and impact on, the Earth and our society.
Several of our girls attend Science Club where they have the opportunity to do all sorts of enjoyable experiments that are not necessarily linked to the scheme of work covered in lessons. They may also participate every year in Science Week where they share their interest with the rest of the college community. It is our sincere hope that all of our students will retain their natural sense of wonder and curiosity but also develop skills that will be used whether or not they pursue higher education or future careers in science.