At St Mark’s we believe our school is a learning community. We offer a collaborative, discovery approach to Science and Technology learning and teaching. This promotes critical thinking and the enhancement of positive learning dispositions.
From Preschool through to Year 6, teachers weave STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) principles, The Nature of Science capabilities and the New Zealand Curriculum Framework for Technology into the Units of Inquiry across the year.
In Years 7 and 8, students have weekly Science lessons with a specialist teacher. They deepen their understanding of the Scientific Process through classroom investigations connected to their Units of Inquiry, participation in the annual NIWA Science Fair and Citizen Science Projects. They can also earn badges through the Science Award Trust by taking initiative and furthering their investigations in areas of science that are of interest to them.
Our senior school students also engage in weekly Technology lessons with a technology specialist. Through these specialised lessons, students explore the design process through a more responsive curriculum framework.
Our Technology programme supports our students to be innovative, reflective and critical in their designs. They learn to take into account the impact on cultural, ethical, environmental and economic conditions.
Our aim in Science and Technology is for our students to broaden their technical and scientific knowledge and dispositions. To make sure they are well equipped to participate in society as informed citizens. And to potentially pursue careers in scientific and technological fields.