Through the teaching of Science at Ellesmere College we aim to:
- Stimulate and encourage critical thinking, questioning and independent learning.
- Apply the Scientific Method to real life situations.
- Show and encourage an enjoyment of science, an interest in the world and an appreciation of the beauty of the universe.
- Have programmes that are adaptable, flexible and aim to meet the learning needs of all students.
Science in Years 7 and 8
Our Science programme aims to build on the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of students of this age with contexts of learning that are relevant and rich in interest. Sports Science, The Oceans and Nemo, Insects, Floating and Sinking, Biodiversity and Forensics are some of the topics in our Year 7 and 8 programme.
Science in Years 9 and 10
In year 9 we continue with topics that are relevant to the students’ lives, practical and rich in Science: The Atmosphere, Astronomy, Plants, Body Systems and Heat
Our year 10 programme is designed to provide a good foundation for further study at NCEA Level 1 and to include some topics that expand the horizons of scientific thinking. In the programme we include Earth Science, Atomic theory, Acids and Bases, Electricity, Forces, Continuity of Life and Variation and Change.
Science in Year 11 [NCEA Level 1]
In Year 11 students study four core topics: Genetics and Variation, Acids and Bases, Mechanics and a practical investigation. The first three of these are assessed externally while the forth is internally assessed. In addition they can attempt up to three other internally assessed topics: Microorganisms, Chemical Reactions and Electricity. Students have the potential to gain 28 credits at NCEA level 1.
Chemistry [NCEA Levels 2 and 3]
The course covers Structure and Bonding, Oxidation and Reduction, Organic Chemistry, Thermochemistry, Qualitative Analysis and Equilibrium. Extensive practical work is a vital part of the course. At each year level students can gain up to 24 credits from a mixture of internal and external assessments.
Physics [NCEA Levels 2 and 3]
Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Waves, and Atoms and Radioactivity are studied in Physics at levels 2 and 3. Practical work is a feature of these courses. At each year level students can gain up to 22 credits from a mixture of internal and external assessments.
Biology [NCEA Levels 2 and 3]
The focus of the Level 2 course is on living organisms, genetics and cell chemistry while the Level 3 programme focuses on living organisms, evolution, and biotechnology. Study is based on a field trips, investigations, and analysing information. The level 2 and level 3 programmes offer 26 credits and 22 credits respectively based on internal and external assessments.
Agriculture and Farming Skills
Farming Skills is a two year course offering 41 Level 2 credits. Half of the course is theory based and half practically based. All assessments are Agriculture or Horticulture ITO Unit Standards and do not qualify for subject endorsements or University entrance. The course is structured to give students a wide a range of practical knowledge and essential skills for a career in the Primary Industries.
Agriculture [NCEA Level 1]
The Level 1 course offers 22 credits and covers the following areas: practical skills in agricultural or horticultural production, pasture and crop management, primary production in New Zealand, soil management practices and livestock management.
Agriculture and Horticulture [NCEA Level 2 and 3]
The level 2 course offers 24 credits and the topics covered include a practical investigation, livestock reproductive techniques, livestock behaviour, landscape planning, plant production and commercial management practices.
Level 3 Agriculture offers 24 credits with 10 credits being internally assessed. Topics include: the profitability of a New Zealand Primary Product, an investigation of a primary product, production processes and the market requirements for primary agricultural and horticultural products.
Science Staff at Ellesmere College
Head of Science
Assistant Head of Science
Junior Science, Agricultural Science and Farming
|Junior Science and Biology||Carolyn Waugh|
|Junior Science and Physics||Craig Anderson|
|Junior Science and Chemistry||Scott Woyak|
|Junior Science||Nigel Amyes|
Selwyn District Water Supply
Selwyn District Council have advised that the water in Leeston is drinkable. Drinking water is now available to students at the College.
How Cybersafe are you and your Family?
Term Dates 2013
Term 2 Mufti Days
Friday 24 May