Science



Biology | Physics | Chemistry | Psychology

Science at Thornbury High School offers a variety of subjects designed to meet the needs and interests of our students. Core science curriculum is taught from Years 7 to 9, while a differentiated science program tailored to meet the needs of all students is offered at Year 10.

Alongside the standard Year 7 to 10 curriculum, we provide students with the opportunity to study Forensic Science and Horticulture as Year 9 electives. Advanced Year 9 and 10 students are also given the opportunity to extend their understanding of science through the Emerging Science Program, run through the John Monash Science School, where subjects such as Astrophysics, Quantum Physics, Nano Science, and Biotechnology are undertaken.

Units 1-4 of core science subjects, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Psychology, are offered at VCE level.

Students at Thornbury High School are fortunate to be part of many exciting events and extracurricular activities run by the school. Regular experiences include the Big Science Competition, Science Talent Search, National Chemistry Quiz and Titration Stakes Competition. Currently we are organising an inaugural NASA Space Camp Tour for early 2017 and numerous students have expressed interest in this trip. We hope to run this tour every two years and grow the program in future years.

Highlights from 2015/2016 include:

  • Science Week is held in Term 3, and celebrates science-based study through a variety of lunchtime activities and competitions. The theme for 2016 is “Drones, Droids, and Robots”.

  • Junior science students were involved with robotics workshops at Quantum Victoria.

  • Opportunities for students to participate in an extracurricular science program run by John Monash Science School called “Emerging Sciences”.

  • Organisation of a 2017 study tour to NASA in Florida, USA.

  • Science demonstration/activity day with local primary schools.

  • Junior science students were involved in an excursion to Melbourne Museum exploring Rocks & Minerals, and The Human Body Systems.


Head of Science – Lisa Pieropan

With over 13 years teaching experience, Lisa has been working hard to improve student outcomes in Science since she arrived at the school in 2015. Her passion is pedagogy and improving instructional practice leading to improved student outcomes. She regularly runs professional development for staff in areas such as Formative Assessment (Dylan Wiliam), Differentiation (Carol Ann Tomlinson) and Gifted & Talented education, and is a passionate supporter of the Understanding by Design (UbD) model for unit designs. Her overall aim is to provide the students with a learning environment that ensures all students have the greatest opportunities to achieve their best.

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo