General Science

Science education contributes to the growth and development of all students as responsible and informed members of society, and as productive contributors to New Zealand's economy and future.

Years 9 and 10

All students at St John’s College study a General Science course in Years 9 and 10. The programme utilises the Achievement Objectives set at Levels 3 to 5 of The New Zealand Curriculum, building on work already achieved at intermediate school level. Running through the course are the Key Competencies: thinking, using language, symbols and texts, managing self, relating to others, participating and contributing.

The course develops students' listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and presenting skills while teaching the concepts essential in Year 11 Science.

Year 11

A Science course is highly recommended in Year 11 where students will be required to make a choice between:

  • Year 11 External Science, which covers aspects of biology, chemistry, and physics
  • Year 11 Internal Science, which covers a mixture of science topics, which are all internally assessed
  • Year 11 Horticulture, an NCEA Level 1 course.

Year 12 

On successful completion of Year 11 External Science, students will then choose which of Year 12 Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics they wish to continue with. 

Year 11 Internal Science students can choose one or both of Year 12 Science or Year 12 Horticulture, both of which are entirely internally assessed.

Year 13

The Year 13 Science course is geared to obtaining qualifications that lead to tertiary courses.