Science and Agriculture

Science and the SACE


Murray Bridge High School offers our students the opportunity to study Science from a number of different perspectives in their senior years. During the SACE program, our students will able to study the four main areas of Science, namely Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Scientific Studies. All four areas allow students at MBHS to undertake the subjects that best interest them. Obviously, those students who undertake Physics, Chemistry and Biology study these as a principal focus whereas students that choose Scientific Studies undertake a course of study that integrates all three areas into one and creates a broad-filled framework of study. All four subjects are available to students in both year 11 and 12 and can be taken in sequence to progress through the school. 

As part of their studies, students are exposed to a myriad of competitions and quizzes that are designed to test their knowledge and abilities in numerous ways. We encourage them to take part as we feel it builds on their learning and allows them to compete against students from all over Australasia. 

In each subject they are exposed to not only learning via the course outcomes but also through practical experiences as well. As a Science faculty we have encouraged the expansion and further usage of digital technologies to expose students to real world applications.

Science and the Australian Curriculum


The Middle school program at MBHS allows our students within the framework of Science to undertake studies in the four main areas of Science namely, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth Science. All four areas allow the students to study how the world operates and their part in it overall. They undertake an examination of a wide range of topics each designed to build upon one another so that at the end of Year 10 they have a comprehensive appreciation of the world and their part in it. 

In Physics, students examine concepts such as electricity, forces, light and sound, with each building upon experiences gained from Years 8, 9 and 10. Practically, they observe and explain energy transfers & transformations, the application of forces, examine wave behaviour including light and sound, and investigate electricity.

In Chemistry, students undertake the study of areas such as reactions, the chemical state of matter and how materials are created and evolve. These concepts lead to further studies in the senior years. From a practical perspective, students examine chemical reactions, changing states of matter and associated energy transfer, and the role of chemistry in the production and recycling of materials.

Biology allows the understanding of our physical world and the myriad of relationships that occur. Students are exposed to concepts such as genetics, ecology and physiology. In all areas, the application of practical concepts further enhances their understanding of the world as a whole, and how we are a part of it. They look at ideas such as the inheritability of traits, food webs and chains, as well as how the body works. 

Earth Science allows an appreciation of the world, its structure and its place in the universe. Students undertake studies from a practical nature in volcanoes, weather and climatic patterns amongst others.

Tied in with all of these concepts is the framework of the Australian Curriculum which underpins all of our knowledge base. It is the framework through which we apply our understandings and interpretation of the area of study.



At MBHS, students are able to undertake the study of Agriculture from Years 8 through to 12 as they wish. Agriculture is a dynamic subject, as it is one of the true multi-disciplinary subjects undertaking input from numerous areas including science, mathematics and technology. 

In Year 8 and 9 students are given the opportunity to examine areas of interest from an introductory point of view. As they progress through the senior years the study becomes not only about the physical understanding and husbandry focus but also the managerial and application of concepts. 

As part of our focus MBHS takes part in not only the development of conceptual ideas but also the hands on and physical nature of the subject. We participate in a range of competitions, so that the students learn a range of skills that enhance their knowledge base. The agriculture staff involve themselves and their students in competitions at the Royal Adelaide Show and local shows where we have achieved a great deal of success through our involvement. We have, as a group, won a number of awards and trophies from exhibiting cattle, sheep and goats in both the carcass competitions as well as the display of livestock for evaluation sakes. 

We run a project farm where practical studies take place. The students get involved in hands on activities with sheep, cattle , goats, poultry and alpacas from a livestock perspective but also the hands on tasks involved with a range of horticultural enterprises. Overall, our philosophy is that students learn in a number of ways but the hands on application and involvement in the field give them, by far, the greatest enjoyment from a subject perspective.

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