Learning Innovation


The study of Science allows us to investigate important questions related to our world, ourselves and our interactions.

It provides;

  • Opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important scientific concepts and processes
  • Insight into practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in life
  • The opportunity for the development of rigorous analysis of data and information.

In line with the Australian Curriculum, the three strands covered are Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills.


Science Understanding

From the incredibly tiny particles within atoms to the vast expanses of the Universe, Science captures the curiosity and wonder of discovery, and searches for patterns, laws and connections.

Science also spans time, whether it be an understanding of the processes involved in the formation of the Earth, how the face of the Earth and life on it has changed over billions of years, to the exploration of space.

The questions of energy supply and the role of Science in emerging technologies and sustainability is also explored.

Science as a Human Endeavour

We investigate Science as a human endeavour, recognising how our current knowledge has been accumulated piece by piece from the working of others.

Students are taught the usefulness and limitations of theoretical models. Inspired by the advances made by past and current scientists, we hope that some of our students will go on to contribute to future development in Science.

Science Inquiry Skills

Students learn how to make testable predictions and how best to test these predictions. They analyse their findings and look for yet more questions. They undertake extended investigations often incorporating elements of student design. They develop technical laboratory skills, and an awareness of safety and environmental responsibility.

Four Disciplines

The content of Science units covers the four intertwined disciplines of;

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences (Geology and Astronomy)
  • Physics

Biology is the study of living matter. Topics include cells, classification, ecology, body systems, genetics and evolution. VCE units are offered in Biology and Psychology.

Chemistry is the study of matter. Topics include solids, liquids and gases, atomic theory, chemical reactions, development and use of the Periodic Table, organic chemistry.

Earth Sciences is the study of the Earth Topics, which include the rock cycle, seasons and tides, layers of the Earth, plate tectonics, global cycles, ages of the Earth and Astronomy.

Physics is the study of the behaviour of the Universe. Topics include the forces, machines, energy forms and transformations, kinetics, electricity and astrophysics.

Subject Choice

Interdisciplinary subjects such as Consumer Science, Environmental Science and Forensic Science are undertaken in Years 9 and 10.

VCE Science units are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology.

At Avila, students are also offered the rare opportunity to study Agricultural and Horticultural Studies with a dedicated ‘AgHort’ Centre for this purpose. Studies start with a semester length horticultural investigation offered for Year 9 Enviro Stream students leading through to VCE studies.