Science

The Science department has nine fully equipped Science labs. 

At Freyberg students can study Science from Year 9 to Year 13, with Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and Physics all available in both Year 12 and 13. A variety of courses are offered at Year 11 to allow for differing needs of students to be met.

The junior science programme for Year 9 and 10, focuses on developing students understanding of the Nature of Science strand of the New Zealand Curriculum, using real world contexts which relate to students lives as contexts in which to develop thier understanding of the Nature of Science but also content knowledge of science. Students are likely to be familiar with the Science Capabilities from their science work at Primary and Intermediate, and we continue to develop these skills.

Each learning block will focus on a particular science capability, namely:

  • gathering and interpreting data
  • using evidence
  • interpreting representations
  • critiquing evidence
  • engaging with science

More information about the science capabilities is provided below.

Students with a passion for science are encouraged to join the Freyberg S.T.E.M. Academy, which provides students the opportunity to explore their passion further with an external mentor, and develop a project which will provide them a CREST Award, from the Royal Society of New Zealand. Students also compete in the Tournement of Minds, and other competitions which come up during the year.

Mairi Borthwick is the HOD Science at Freyberg and works with a team of 12 highly qualified and enthusiastic Science educators.