Science / P.E / Outdoor Ed



Is at the heart of the processes that sustain our life and allow us to learn, work, keep warm, and travel. In fact Chemistry is vital to most of the activities in our lives. Understanding the chemical processes that maintain life and control the events in the world around us is essential to our continued well-being. The chemistry we study here will help you to understand the fundamental models of chemistry, show you how chemistry is involved in the real world, develop your chemical knowledge and help you develop your skills as a problem solver. Our program has a strong practical component to support the theory studied in classes.

·         Chemistry1: The introductory unit of Chemistry to ensure that all incoming students have the same information to build their understanding of the topic.

·         Chemistry 2: Physical Chemistry and Redox

·         Chemistry 3: Organic Chemistry

·         Chemistry 4: Atomic Structure and bonding

·         Chemistry 5: Equilibrium and Periodicity

·         Chemistry 6: Electrolysis and Spectral Analysis

·         Chemistry 7: Analytical Chemistry


Physics is the most fundamental and all-inclusive of the sciences, and those who study it will gain an understanding of the basic laws that govern everything from the very small subatomic scale to the very large cosmic scale. The study of physics provides us with an unparalleled power of analysis that is useful in the study of the other sciences, engineering and mathematics, as well as in daily life. Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles, quarks to the vast distances between galaxies.

·         Physics 1: Introductory Physics 

·         Physics 2: Motion, Forces and Newton's Laws 

·         Physics 3: Heat and Electricity

·         Physics 4: Wave Motion and Sound

·         Physics 5: EM Radiation, Induction and the Atom 

·         Physics 6: Atomic and Nuclear Physics

·         Physics 7: Biomedical Physics

·         Physics 8: Astrophysics (under development)


Biological Science:


Biology is the study of living things- the range of organisms found on our planet, how they work, and how they interact with each other. 

The Human Biology course at Narrabundah is a unique course that allows students to study Biology with a medical focus on the human body. The course draws in new advances in medical research and current clinical practise.

In Year 11 students study the anatomy and physiology of all the body systems with a special focus on symptoms, causes and treatments for pathologies and diseases of each system.

In Year 12 students start with molecular biology and genetics, with significant investigation into genetic diseases and genetic counselling, this is followed by evolution with particular emphasis on the evolution of hominids and modern humans. Students are able to explore reproduction and development, drawing their knowledge of body systems discussed in Year 11, to explore comparative physiology between infant, child, adolescent and adult and clinical impacts. In the final session, immunity, infectious diseases and epidemics are studied.

·         Human Biology 1: Cytology and the Circulatory System

·         Human Biology 2: The respiratory and digestion system, movement by the muscular-skeletal system and the excretory system are studied.

·         Human Biology 3: The Endocrine and Nervous Systems

·         Human Biology 4: DNA and Mendelian Genetics

·         Human Biology 5: This session students explore where and how humans developed as a species and how we develop as individuals.

·         Human Biology 6: Microbiology, Epidemiology and Demography

Students can combine certain units to do a combined biology course


Environmental Systems looks at the interconnectedness of all things on our Earth, some of the problems that we are encountering as a species, and how we can make changes for a more sustainable future. 


Environmental Systems 1:  Systems, models and ecosystems

Environmental Systems 2:  Global Cycles and Populations

Environmental Systems 3:  Conservation and Biodiversity



Forestry will be offered in 2013.

If you want a major in Environmental Science you will need to do Forestry in 2013 then Environmental Systems in 2014.

Please note : Forestry will not be offered again until 2015.

Rae Pottenger

Executive Teacher Science.

Australian Science Olympiads
Certificates are awarded for outstanding achievement, with the top 20 students to attend a two week training school in January. The ultimate award is selection in the Australian team for the international Chemistry, Physics and Biology Olympiad. Year 11s are invited to nominate.

Questacon Explainer/Training
The National Science and Technology Centre runs a training program for senior students in the ACT. We have many participants in this scheme and they gain some points, as well as enjoying the interactions with other science enthusiasts. Other Exciting Opportunities and Activities offered in the Science Department:


  • CRS National Youth Science Forum - a career orientated youth program for students interested in science. This program occurs in January.
  • Engineering games at the National Science and Technology Centre. An evening organised by the Institute of Engineers, to advise students on the facets of engineering as a career, and to allow students to demonstrate their skills in building straw towers, mousetrap races, etc.
  • National Engineering Summer School.
  • ACT Science Fair.
  • BHP Student Science Award.
  • NSW Young Scientist Award.
  • Chemistry Titration Competition.
  • Chemquiz

Physical Education

Narrabundah College offers a wide variety of Physical Education courses. Students of any interest or ability can find a level that is suitable to their needs. Courses have been designed to take into account existing expertise in the college and community resources. Each course will provide worthwhile and challenging study for a wide range of students.

Registered recreational units are also offered during, before and after school, at lunchtime and on weekends. the Accredited PE course also provides opportunities to focus on the principles and procedures of many sports.

The college enters teams in the inter-college knockout competitions and the sports program on Thursday afternoons, all day carnivals, and Australian Indoor Soccer and the Australian Schools' National Volleyball Championships. Competitions are also held in the gymnasium at lunchtime.

Human Movement

This T course provides opportunity for an in-depth study of human physical performance, personal health and fitness. It is designed for students with aspirations to further studies in physical education, coaching, physiotherapy and sports studies. Emphasis is placed on sound theoretical and practical knowledge of all aspects of human movement.  Human movement is studied within the Human Biology Course as units 7,8 & 9.

Sport Studies

This T course is aimed at students who are interested in sport, personal fitness and recreation. The course will have a practical orientation and will enable students to focus on vocational opportunities by completing coaching awards, gaining experience in sports administration and participating in selected work experience placements. It provides a suitable foundation for students wishing to undertake various courses at CIT or the fitness/recreational industry.


This T and A course is designed to cater for students who wish to choreograph, perform and appreciate dance in a variety of forms. Most of the work done in dance is aimed at helping you improve your skills in these areas and in the development of self confidence and improved levels of fitness. It is recommended for those students interested in pursuing careers or further study in dance, theatre arts and teaching.

Physical Education

This A course is designed to provide students with access to, and support for, a program of regular activity. The emphasis is on participation with 80% of the course practically orientated. There are nine units within the course and students are able to do them in any order. Units include coaching, team sports, racquet sports, footy codes, modified sports and individual sports.


The college has a number of ways students can become involved in some form of structured sport. Any involvement in these units enables students to earn points toward their Year 12 Certificate. The options are:

Intercollege Sport: Each Thursday afternoon is set aside for students to play sport, as there are no regular classes offered at this time. Competitions in a wide variety of sports are arranged each term on a home and away basis.
One Day Carnivals: Held at various times throughout the year, eg. softball, soccer, hockey, triathlon, Australian rules, waterpolo, athletics.
Recreational Sports: Held weekly during school time, eg. badminton, volleyball.

Outdoor Education

I think the billy has just boiled! Anyone for tea? Bring your cup over here, have you seen the sponies? Can someone get some more wood! Are we there yet? No, it's just over that next rise.

Outdoor Ed is the living subject area. Outdoor Ed students embark on a journey that takes them back to the basics of human existence. Eating sleeping and walking can take on a new importance. It's an opportunity to challenge yourself, see beautiful places and do amazing things.

There's a wide range of adventurous things to do like: climbing up big cliffs, climbing 90m up a rope, crawling around in holes or face planting into the snow on skies. Surfing the tubes, going over the falls. And don't forget to go "arrrrrrrrrrrrrr" as the sea spray hits your face while the boat beats out into the NE wind. Maybe you could face off a cuttle fish in Jervis Bay while scuba diving or speed through alpine plains on your mountain bike.

Each year we do an expedition trip, which usually goes to a unique place. Like walking the south coast track in Tasmania or crossing The Gammon ranges in South OZ or diving at Musgrave Island in QLD.

Outdoor Ed is not competitive, it's just a fun way to get new skills and see great parts of Australia's natural environment.

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