Agriculture provides people with food, fibre, fuel, shelter and the possibility of diverse lifestyles. Agriculture is a composite of rural and urban industries that are structured to produce both raw and value-added materials from plants and animals to meet identified consumer needs. Agriculture has a unique place in the history of human society. It underpins social structures and provides for basic human needs. It is fundamental to human progress.
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The study of Biology recognises that, while humans are part of nature, they continue to have a greater influence on the environment than any other species. The history and philosophy of science, as it relates to the development of the understanding, utilisation and manipulation of living systems by human species is an integral part of the study of contemporary Biology and assists students to recognise their responsibility to conserve, protect, maintain and improve the quality of all environments for future generations.
The study of Chemistry recognises that a study of the nature of materials includes natural and made substances, their structures, changes and environmental importance. The history and philosophy of science as it relates to the development of the understanding, utilisation and manipulation of chemical systems is important in developing current understanding in Chemistry and its applications in the contexts of technology, society and the environment.
Earth & Environment Science
The study of planet Earth and is environments recognises that while humans are part of nature they continue to have a greater influence on the environment than any other species. Earth and Environmental Science is built on the premises that the natural environment is the host to all local environments and that, therefore, an understanding of the natural environment is fundamental to any analysis of more specific local environments.
The study of Physics relies on the understanding and application of a small number of basic laws and principles that govern the microscopic an macroscopic worlds. The study of Physics provides students with an understanding of systems that is the basis of the development of technological applications. The interplay between concepts and technological and societal impacts is embodied in the history and philosophy of science and forms a continuum relating our past to our future. A high level academic course.
Senior Science Stage 6 caters to a wide range of students who wish to become scientifically literate citizens. The course encourages students to develop a range of practical skills including the use of current instrumentation, information technology and an increased ability to communicate understanding. Senior Science Stage 6 focuses on all of these areas framed within the principles of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Environmental Science.
Marine Studies provides an opportunity for the future custodians of this environment to study it and to appreciate its value. It gives them the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to use and protect its unique ecosystems, and at the same time communicate their appreciation to the community. It provides an opportunity to instill in students an acceptable ethical code towards use of the marine environment, increasingly demanded by the community and their governments. While this course is focused on oceans, it provides scope for the study of the full range of waterways.