In Year 4, students begin hands-on, specialist science focusing on chemistry, biology and physics. We aim to develop an understanding of the scientific method, and most importantly a love of science.

Examples of previous projects include creating mini remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) with the help of Mr Brenton Binder, an engineer with the Australian Submarine Corp. As part of the CSIRO ‘Engineers in Schools’ program, Mr Binder assisted for two hours a week in Science and Design and Technology sessions. St Andrew’s School have participated in the program twice with Subs in Schools by RIE, who helped with the supply of the kits.

St Andrew’s are now part of the STEM Professionals in Schools completed video series. View the video below to see St Andrew’s School in action.

In 2022 we opened our brand new innovation space, 'The Collaboratory', where students explore their engineering abilities through inquiry and collaboration. This new facility compliments our dedicated Science facilities.

Many students choose to pursue their scientific interests through participation in the annual Oliphant Science Awards, and continue to successfully gain certificates of achievement.

Curriculum case study – St Andrew’s School from CSIRO on Vimeo.