Welcome to James Hargest College Science
At James Hargest College students attend year 7, 8, 9 and 10 core science classes. Core Science is taught at Levels 3, 4 and 5 of the New Zealand Curriculum in years 7 to 10.
In year 11 students are required to participate in NCEA Level 1 Science. Year 11 students select which course they wish to enter. There are three course available:
- Red: 20 credits all internally assessed.
- Gold: 20 credits, 12 credits internally assessed and 8 credits externally assessed.
- Black: 20 credits, 8 credits internally assessed and 12 credits externally assessed.
The Gold and Black courses have identical content. The Red course has some content that differs and is designed for students wanting to take L2 Science the following year who do not intend attending university.
In Level 2 Science is available. In Levels 2 and 3 Biology; Chemistry and Physics are available.
In January a number of students attended Hands On Science at Otago University for a taste of what tertiary Science is all about – an exciting opportunity for students as they live in a hostel for a week and get to experience lots of different areas of Science that we are unable to expose them to at school.
Another group attended the Rotary National Science and Technology Forum at Auckland University for 2 weeks in January. All Y13 students, they have returned to school full of ideas and inspiration. With a number of them intending to study at Auckland University now. One member of the group selected for this forum got the opportunity to spend the two weeks in Canberra at the Australian National University.
Ten Y13 Students went to Melbourne for 8 days in February for an intensive Science week visiting and taking part in hands on activities in various institutions in Melbourne, for example at the Synchrotron at Monash University. Followed by a flight over Antarctica before heading home. An awe-inspiring flight. Any students wanting to take part in this trip need to be building up their CVs by taking part in Science activities outside the classroom every year while they are at JHC.
Former James Hargest student awarded Robertson Scholarship
Micheal Zhang, 2015 Deputy Head Boy at James Hargest College, has been awarded a prestigious Robertson Leadership scholarship to study at Duke University in the United States.
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2015 PRIME MINISTER’S SCIENCE TEACHER PRIZE WINNER
2015 PRIME MINISTER’S SCIENCE TEACHER PRIZE WINNER
Science students at James Hargest College have had another successful year. With very good results in the NCEA exams and seven scholarships in the department, three in Chemistry including one outstanding; two in Physics and one each in Biology and Science we had a great start to the year.
We had four students at the Rotary Forum (Auckland University) Nat O’Neill, Mike Robbie, Charlotte Jensen and Natasha Belling, with 2 former students there as councillors – Erin Hughes and Liam O’Connor. Nat was selected to attend the London International Youth Forum and also got to visit the Large Hadron Collider, Cern in Switzerland. What fantastic opportunities this forum offers up for students. We also had a number at Hands On Science (Otago University) in January this year and, as always, these students came back to school buzzing about the huge scope of opportunities offered to them.
This year for the first time we offered an overseas Science trip. In week 2 of Term 1 a group of 10 students along with Mrs Lineham and Mr Bowie spent a week in Melbourne visiting different Science Institutions, culminating in a flight over Antarctica. That was an awesome trip and opened the students’ eyes to even more career opportunities in Science. Another group of 10 students will be taking this trip next February.
There were major successes this year in ICAS competitions for Science over both campuses. These included in Year 7, (Distinction) Benjamin Branaman, Rachel Checketts, Nina Nakano-Broers, Maxwell Nally and Nathan Russell. With an outstanding group in Year 8 (High Distinction) Stephen Potter, (Distinction) James Billows, Declan Cruickshank, Kaela Harley, Jaewon Lee and Kate Loan. Once again it has been very encouraging to see a number of students participate in the Science Badge programme at the Junior Campus. To date there have been many badges awarded to students. They have included Food Technology, Home Chemistry, Large Animals and Meteorology. This year all Year 8 students have completed the Conservation Badge as a part of their Deep Cove studies.
The Science Roadshow was set up at the Junior Campus for two days in early November. Many students from Hargest and schools in and around Invercargill took the opportunity to visit and have a lot of fun interacting with the exhibits.
From the 2014 NZAS Southland Science and Technology Fair we have seen many students take up the opportunities that are offered across the year. Students from across Year 8, Year 10, Year 12 and 13 entered the fair, with great results. There were a large number of successful JHC students at the Fair with Hargest students from Y8 to Y13 scooping a lot of the awards. For the fifth year in a row, Hargest has had students accepted into the national event recognising Excellence in Research in Science and Technology, ‘Realise the Dream’. This year we have three students out of the 16 students selected nationally invited to attend. A huge coup for these students and the school. Maria Burnett (Year 12), David Jagoutz (Year 10) and Emily Jagoutz (Year 10) were all nominated and accepted. Their projects are all outstanding technology projects.
In 2015 we have invited prospective Year 11 students to select their Science course for 2015. We are offering 3 courses. The Red course is aimed at students who know they will not attend university, so will be assessed with only internally assessed standards. The Black and Gold courses are designed to meet the needs of students intending to attend university and will be very similar courses with the only differences that one course, the Black course with have 3 of the 5 assessments externally assessed (exams) and Gold will have 2 externally assessed, so students should select their course based on how confident they are about sitting examinations.