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Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of our world through exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems.

At Forest Lake State High School the curriculum is designed to develop students’ interests in science and an appreciation of how science can help students to explore and understand the changing world in which they live. In each student, we encourage scientific inquiry methods, build a foundation of knowledge across the disciplines of science; and develop an ability to communicate scientific understanding. Students will use evidence to solve problems and make evidence-based decisions.

In Years 8 to 10 we follow the Australian Curriculum for Science. The curriculum is organised in six core areas:

  • patterns
  • order and organisation 
  • form and function
  • stability and change
  • systems
  • scale and measurement
  • matter and energy.

In Years 11 and 12 Forest Lake state High School offers five senior science subjects:


Students study of the natural systems of the living world.  We study the origin, development, and functioning of living things and the environments in which they live.


Students engage in an exciting and dynamic investigation of the material universe.. Students enhance their understanding of the world around them and develop their laboratory knowledge and skills. Chemistry links to all the branches of science and is a stepping stone for further study.


Discoveries in this branch of science have produced some of the most revolutionary changes to the way people live and the way they think about the world. It is a very mathematical branch of science and students learn to define important aspects of the physical world using mathematical relationships.

Science 21

This exciting course includes many branches of science. It has been designed to spark students’ curiosity and interest in discovery and to encourage them to challenge and test ideas. In Science 21, students will learn through an inquiry-focused approach developing their ability to work and think scientifically through real-life experiences.

Science in Practice

This is an opportunity for students to engage in the vocational applications of science and gives students the opportunity to develop skills which can be used to further their vocational training. Students participate in hands-on projects that focus on the issues and impacts of science while building their ability to use and apply a range of technologies.

If you require any further details, please contact:

Meagan Ferguson – Head of Department (Science)

on 3714 2333 or