Science is a way of investigating, understanding and explaining our natural, physical world and the wider Universe (New Zealand Curriculum). It has become an integral part of everyday experiences and it is necessary for students to understand the world around them and make informed decisions.

The Science that students undertake at Hawera High School, is directed at supplying them with the information and skills to be able to make a meaningful contribution to society, in the 21st century.

Year 9 and 10 Science

Years 9 and 10 have a general science course, covering a range of topics within the headings of ‘Material World’, ‘Physical World’, ‘Living World’ and ‘Planet Earth and Beyond. This is compulsory for all students.

Year 11 Science

Science is divided into three areas and all students can to choose a course in one of these. There is also the option to take two science subjects, for those intending to go on into sciences at the tertiary level.

The General Science course is designed for students who find Science quite challenging and do not intend to continue on in the Sciences at the senior level, or follow a Science related career pathway.

The Physical Science course is for those intend to take senior Chemistry and/or Physics and who expect to be undertaking a career path that requires more advanced knowledge of Physics and Chemistry.

The Biology course is for those intend to take senior Biology or Environmental Science and who expect to be undertaking a career path that requires more advanced knowledge Biology.

It is recommended that students who intend going on in all three Senior Science take both Biology and Physical Science but this is not a requirement.

Year 12 and 13 Science

Environmental Science caters for students with an interest in Geology, Astronomy, Resource Management and Environmental issues. This subject is available to all students who have achieved the required pre-requisites from any Year 11 Science course. This includes students who have achieved at a high level in General Science.

Chemistry Physics and Biology provide advanced pathways for tertiary study and require students to have achieved the required prerequisites in Year 11 Physical Science and/or Biology.

Science Department Staff

Mrs Anna Campbell - Joint Head of Department 

Ms Jasmine Bastin-Lindsay - Joint Head of Department

Mrs Debbie Fern 

Mr Virendra Prasad 

Mrs Dilani Arachchige

Ms Fiona Putt

Miss Chelsea Snow