Engadine High School

A bit about Science at EHS

Engadine High School has been providing a comprehensive secondary science education since it opened in 1969. Physically, the school is located between two very important landmarks in different aspects of Australian science:

  • The Royal National Park was the second national park established in the world (in 1879), to preserve natural ecosystems and wildlife, and to provide people with places for recreation and biological research (see National Parks NSW).
  • The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights manages the only nuclear fission reactor in Australia (OPAL, commissioned in 2006-07), and makes products and conducts research that the Australian community, in general, finds valuable (see ANSTO).

Surrounded by this scientific history and continuing practice, the Science Faculty at Engadine High School is committed to the provision of excellence in Science education for young people in a comprehensive high school. Student learning in Science at Engadine High School is centred on six student learning outcomes:

  • A student develops knowledge and understanding of science.
  • A student develops skills in planning scientific investigations.
  • A student develops skills in conducting scientific investigations, individually and in teams.
  • A student develops skills in gathering, processing and analysing scientific information.
  • A student develops skills in presenting scientific information.
  • A student develops skills in communicating clearly and confidently.

These outcomes form the basis of teaching, assessing and reporting in all courses in the Science Faculty.

Faculty Staff

  • Ms M LAVIDIS (Head Teacher Science)
  • Mr C ADAMS
  • Mrs M MASSEY
  • Mrs M MATHEW
  • Mrs J PUNCH


Overview Stage 4 and 5

Students in Years 7 to 10 follow a program based on the NESA  Science 7-10 syllabus. In Stage 4 Science (taught in Years 7 and 8), the main aim is to harness students’ natural interest and inquisitiveness, and engage students in scientific methods and ideas (although we never provide as many explosions as students would like). In Stage 5 Science (taught in Years 9 and 10), the main aim is to develop a more detailed and critical understanding of science and its place in the world, in preparation for adult life, or further scientific study. 

In Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10), the Science Faculty also offers the elective subject Marine and Aquaculture Technology. Marine Studies is also offered for Stage 6.

All students in Years 7-10 must follow the same Science syllabus. In Years 7 and 8, the better-performing students across core subjects are grouped in two graded classes. In Years 9 and 10, the better-performing students in Science are grouped in two graded classes. These students work on the same programs and learning outcomes as other students, but are offered study of the content to a greater depth and breadth, and are able to aim at higher levels of achievement of the course outcomes.

Stage 6

Years 11 and 12 students at Engadine High School are offered all five of the NSW Board of Studies’ Science subjects. All of these subjects can be studied for the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC), and contribute towards the Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank (ATAR). These subjects are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Investigating Science
  • Extension Science


Year 7 Topics

Year 10 Topics

Year 8 Topics

Year 9 Topics