Why study science? If you like solving problems, being challenged and answering big questions then science can be a great way to go. Many of the major challenges and opportunities that confront our world need to be approached from a scientific perspective, considering social and ethical considerations.
Science is a way of investigating, understanding, and explaining our natural, physical world and the wider universe. It involves generating and testing ideas, gathering evidence – including by making observations, carrying out investigations and modelling, and communicating and debating with others – to develop scientific knowledge, understanding, and explanations.
At James Cook we provide a framework of learning in science for all students from year 9 to year 13. At Level 1 students can choose between Science Applied including Agriculture and Horticulture; Science and Health Academy. At Level 2 and 3 Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Science are also available.
What is Health Science Academy (HAS)?
The HSA at James Cook High School is funded by the Tindall Foundation with the aim of increasing Maori and Pasifika workers in the health industry specifically in Counties Manukau.
The curriculum is strongly science-based (to align with tertiary course entry requirements). The academy allows for cross-curricular and contextualised learning as the students remain together for most of their classes.
The students are further supported with free course books, health career related trips, after school homework sessions, tutoring, mentoring, study skills all provided by a dedicated team of teachers and staff.
At year 11 the student does a double Science course so that it gives them opportunities to find success in Physics, Biology and Chemistry at year 12 and then year 13.