The school of choice for our community, one of the best schools in Western Australia, and a driving force in the development of the dynamic Pilbara region.
We take pride in the all-round achievement of our students and strive to instil high personal goals through various academic and sporting initiatives and extra curricula programmes.
Science provides a practical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world. Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of our world through exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems. (Western Australian Curriculum: Science: Rationale)
Science educators at St. Luke’s College are committed to developing the students’ enthusiasm and engagement with the world around them, through a range of engaging lessons across all year levels. In the Science Learning Area, students develop skills that can be applied across all disciplines, such as investigating, understanding, and communicating. Literacy and Numeracy skills also remain an important focus in the development of programs in Science.
In 2015 the Science Department at St Luke’s College adopted a STEAM education framework. STEAM education has a dual purpose linked to two major aims; on the one hand it sees the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum brought to the forefront of our teaching through the Arts, on the other, it engages students in STEM which is a critical component of a 21st Century education.
STEAM Education Aims
While our Accelerated Programs are designed to prepare students with the Science Understandings that they will need to be successful in ATAR Science, our core STEAM curriculum focuses on enhancing scientific literacy, numeracy and ICT capabilities and developing each student’s intercultural understanding, ethical understanding, personal and social capability and critical and creative thinking. Our aim is to equip each student with the tools s/he will need to become an active and engaged citizen, with a critical, compassionate conscience.
In a time when Science and Technology are changing our economic and environmental landscapes, it is vital that each student feels that science is accessible and relevant to their lives. Our STEAM curriculum allows us to deliver a more personalised learning experience that, above all, boosts engagement, understanding and enjoyment in the science classroom.
Lower School Curriculum
In Year 7, 8, 9 and 10, the Science is organised into three broad areas based upon the newly introduced Western Australian Curriculum:
Upper School Curriculum
In Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to study the following subjects based on the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).
Science in the Community
As a regional school, St. Luke’s College students are provided with fantastic opportunities from organisations such as the Karratha Science Engagement Network and Scitech’s outreach programme. This year, these will include presentations by visiting Forensic Scientist Adj. Prof. Haydn Green, involvement in the SciSpy Competition, and the first Science 48 Hour Film Festival, hosted by KSEN. In 2015 the inaugural ST∑@M competition was a huge success, and culminated in students presenting their work at the KSEN Astronomy Night. Over the last few years we have also participated in the Beijing Bound Science competition which has seen four St Luke’s students travelling to Beijing as part of an international delegation. In 2016, the observatory that forms part of the new Performing Arts Centre at the college, will also be completed, and will become an exciting and valuable addition to the teaching and learning experience for all students.