Riverstone High School

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Science is mandatory for all students from Year 7 to Year 10.

Science develops students’ skills, knowledge and understanding in explaining and making sense of the biological, physical and technological world. Through applying the processes of Working Scientifically students develop understanding of the importance of scientific evidence in enabling them as individuals and as part of the community to make informed, responsible decisions about the use and influence of science and technology on their lives

In Years 11 and 12, students can choose from different science disciplines, including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Investigating Science
  • Physics
  • Marine Studies (non atar)

Science safety

All students are required to wear black leather enclosed shoes in order to participate in practical activities and experiments. This allows student to complete syllabus outcomes and allow for a deeper understanding of scientific concepts.

This is mandated by the Department of School Education Policy: Chemicals in Schools 3.2.2. Please be aware the tongue in shoes must say leather upper not synthetic or be made of fabric or labelled 'fabrique'.

Students not wearing enclosed leather shoes will be excluded from participating in practical lessons and are in jeopardy of not meeting educational outcomes.


Students in Year 8 also complete the VALID (Validation of Assessment 4 Learning and Individual Development) test. VALID is an interactive, multimedia and diagnostic test completed entirely on a computer. Students are tested on their:

  • knowledge and understanding of science
  •  understanding and skills in the process of scientific investigation
  • ability to evaluate evidence, make judgements and think critically
  • ability to access information and communicate scientific ideas.

Science Week

Science Week is celebrated every year in August with trivia competitions for each year level, practical activities run at lunch times and the paper plane flying competition.

Our Staff

  • Mrs D. Fairweather ( Head Teacher Science)
  • Mr Claus
  • Ms Seng
  • Mr Truong
  • Mrs Wimalasuriya
  • Mr Venables 
  • Mrs Kumar