Science has become such an integral part of everyday experience that a comprehensive knowledge of Science has become more necessary for each person to be able to understand the world around them and to make informed decisions about a wide range of everyday activities. There are so many new developments and many of these require informed ethical decisions – from global warming to the cost of medicines, to genetic engineering to name a few! We must all become capable and informed enough to take part in these decisions. No longer can anyone abandon the study of Science simply because they do not imagine themselves following a Science-based career. The Science that students undertake at Sacred Heart College is directed at arming them with the information and skills to be able to make a meaningful contribution to society in the 21st century.

Years 7 to 10
Years 7 to 10 have a general Science course, covering a range of topics within the headings of 'material world', 'physical world', 'living world' and 'planet Earth and beyond'. This is compulsory for all students.

Year 11
Science is divided into three areas and all students must undertake a course in one of these. The three courses are Applied Science for those who find Science quite challenging, General Science for those not intending to follow a Science-related path in their career, and Advanced Science for those who expect to be undertaking a career path that does require more-advanced Science knowledge.

Year 12 Science is offered to accelerated students who have completed a Level 1 Science course in Year 10.

Years 12 and 13
Year 12 Chemistry and Year 13 Chemistry are offered to students who have reached a suitable level of Chemistry in Year 11; similarly, Year 12 and Year 13 Biology and Physics are available to students who have reached a suitable level in these disciplines in Years 11 and 12.

Where Does Science Lead?
Science can lead to careers in astronomy, meteorology, geophysics, medicine (e.g. surgery, general practice and radiology), chemical, mechanical and civil engineering, architecture, surveying, telecommunications, computing and teaching. Also, it can allow students to become pilots, technicians, electricians, laboratory technicians or technologists.

The Science Department Staff
Mr Chris Rillstone             


Head of Department
Years 8 to 11 Science
Year 11 Advanced Science
Year 13 Chemistry 
 Mr Jason Cornford Assistant Head of Department
Year 10 Science
Year 13 Biology 
Mr Paul Keestra Years 8 to 13 Science 
Mr Nico Vaunois  Years 8 to 13 Science
Years 12 and 13 Physics
Mr David Gray Years 8 to 11 Science
Years 12 and 13 Biology 
Ms Anna Mortiaux Years 8 to 11 Science 
Mr Chris Greaney  Years 8 to 11 Science
Year 12 Physics
Mr Rob Pepping Years 12 and 13 Physics 
Mr Patrick Lee Years 8 and 9 Science
Year 12 Physics
Mr Jack Newman Years 9 to 11 Science
Year 12 Biology
Mrs Florinda Petterson           Laboratory Technician