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Faculty of Science

Rationale

In keeping with St. Clare’s High School’s mission to educate young people within the context of Christ’s mission and the traditions of St. Clare and the Sisters of St Joseph, we, the members of the Faculty of Science, seek to develop and inspire students to:

  • embrace the diverse challenges of life
  • strive for personal excellence
  • develop a strong sense of social and ecological responsibility
  • be empowered to fulfil their potential
  • understand a distinctive, scientific world view
  • create opportunities to succeed
  • and, develop scientific skills and literacy to facilitate participation in the world community.

Aim

The basic aim of Science Education at St. Clare’s High School, Taree is:

To provide experiences in Science that will contribute to the development of the students.

The following six aims identify aspects of development appropriate to that basic aim:

  • To foster the development of values and attitudes, that will provide a context for students to make informed and reasoned decisions about issues concerning science, technology and society.
  • To develop scientific knowledge and understanding about phenomena within and beyond their experience.
  • To develop practical and investigating skills that are useful now and will be useful in the future.
  • To develop the ability to apply information and solve problems relevant to present and future activities in all aspects of life.
  • To develop expression and communication skills in a variety of media to enable effective participation in all aspects of life.
  • To develop positive values about and attitudes towards themselves, others, lifelong learning, science and the environment.

Catholic Perspective in Science

The following values are among those readily integrated into the teaching of Science:

Responsibility - Being accountable for one’s own actions, resolving differences in constructive, non-violent and peaceful ways, contributing to society and to civic life, taking care of the environment.

Care- Caring for self and others

Awe and wonder - An ability to marvel at the complexity of the created world.

Stewardship - Respecting and sharing the resources of the earth, since we are all part of the community of creation. By our work we are co-creators in the continuing development of the earth

From A Sense of the Sacred, CEO Sydney website
http://senseofthesacred.ceo.syd.catholic.edu.au/Science/science.html {Online: 07/12/07}

To this end students should be given the experiences to develop in the following areas:

  • Show awareness that scientists must be accountable for their actions.
  • Show awareness of the need for and accept a level of responsibility for the safe personal and community work practices in the home and workplace.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and be willing to interact cooperatively with others in problem solving.
  • Value openness and the scientific quest for knowledge and truth.
  • Develop a sense of personal and public responsibility for safe waste disposal at home, in the lab and in industry.
  • Appreciate the challenge of the unknown and the value of scientific development in the field.
  • Appreciate and respect for the environment in which we live, honouring the created universe as a gift from a loving God.
  • An ability to marvel at the complexity of the created world, which is a sign of the goodness of God.
  • An awareness of the continuing dialogue between Science and Religion.
  • An ability to make choices, which reflect the individual and social implications of the Gospel.
  • Show awareness of the need to share the earth and its limited resources for the good of all.
  • The fundamental moral imperative is that good is to be pursued and evil be avoided.