The Friends' School

Science Faculty

Our new Chemistry Labs are now completed – click here for a virtual tour.

The Friends’ School prides itself on its strong Science faculty. Our teachers are all experienced and enthusiastic and we have strong links with professional organisations such as the Australian Institute of Physics, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, BIOTA and the Science Teachers Association. All of our teachers genuinely love science and enjoy sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with students.

High School

In line with the Australian Curriculum, all students in Years 7– 10 at The Friends’ School study:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Physical Sciences.

In Years 9 and 10, students study Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences as separate subjects, with access to specialist teachers.

Our students are taught to be critical thinkers who are willing to explore ideas and to question the way the world works. We emphasise inquiry-­based teaching and learning, integrating a range of technologies and experiences to help our students critically investigate and analyse the world around us.

Students have the opportunity to experience real-world, hands-on learning through field trips and excursions.

Staff and students participate enthusiastically in National Science Week each year with demonstrations, activities and science-themed entertainment.

The sciences are fascinating and constantly changing, with the 21st Century being a particularly exciting time as our understanding of the universe is constantly challenged through new research and technologies. Science asks questions about why the universe behaves as it does.

The Friends’ School has hosted world-renowned scientists such as Tamara Davies, Elizabetta Barberio and Nobel Prize winner Brian Schmidt to talk to our students about such exciting and thought provoking subjects as particle- and astro-physics, and the search for dark matter.


Students wishing to pursue Science in Years 11 and 12 can choose from TCE and IB courses in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science and Society
  • Physics
  • Physical Science (TCE only).

Enrolments in the Sciences at Clemes are very strong and a large number of our students pursue a science-related career. All of our Clemes teachers have extensive experience in both both curriculum and pedagogy and our students have access to a range of technologies including dataloggers and tablets. We emphasise hands-on learning to support theory and encourage students to critically evaluate their world.

There are a number of support structures in place for our students including mentoring and science study skills support.

Students are also invited to participate in external activities such as competitions and workshops. In 2015, two Friends’ School students were named Top Scorers in the Big Science Competition – only 44 of 46,500 international participants gained this recognition. An excellent achievement!


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