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Penrith Selective High School

Penrith Selective High School

Altiora Peto - Striving for the highest

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Faculty Overview

In science, students explore the natural and made worlds. They learn how to apply scientific skills, knowledge and understanding across a broad range of contexts. Science provides a way of inquiring about the world around us. It explores evidence and investigates ways to discover, develop and produce solutions to real-world problems. The inquiry and skill-based nature of science opens doors to ideas and discoveries.

Courses Offered

  • Stage 4 Science - Mandatory
  • Stage 5 Science - Mandatory
  • Stage 6 Biology 2 Unit
  • Stage 6 Chemistry 2 Unit
  • Stage 6 Physics 2 Unit

Please note that Science is mandatory in Years 7 through to Year 10 (Stage 4 & 5). For Years 11 and 12 (Stage 6), students can choose to study any or all THREE Science disciplines.  

Key excursions and Learning Opportunities

  • Year 7 Snake Tails Incursion
  •  Year 8 Forensic Science Incursion
  •  Year 11 Biology – Exploring Ecosystems Excursion
  • Year 11 Biology – Australian Museum Excursion
  • Year 12 Chemistry – Sydney Water Recycling and Filtration Plant Excursion
  •  Year 12 Chemistry – Chemistry Kickstart Program at USYD
  • Year 12 Physics – Physics program at USYD or UNSW

Competitions and External Examinations

  •  ICAS Reach (Mandatory for Years 7 – 10)
  • VALID test (Mandatory for Year 8)
  • ICAS Science competition (select students based on ICAS Reach results)
  • Australian National Chemistry Quiz (Years 7-10 optional. Mandatory for Years 11 and 12)
  • Titration competition (Years 11 and 12)
  • Australian Science Olympiad Examinations for Years 10 and 11:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry 
    • Physics

Further details about additional opportunities for students

The staff of each faculty are highly involved in running and supporting student leaders to lead a wide variety of co-curricular, enrichment, clubs & societies as part of the school's strong commitment to  talent development opportunities. These programs also play a key part of ensuring that students work alongside not only their classmates, but with other like minded students from across the 6 cohorts within the school. 


For more details about Co-Curricular and Enrichment, please click here (Hyperlink)


For more details about Clubs and Societies, please click here (Hyperlink)