At the core of Science is its ability to help us understand the world we live in and to make it better. We want students to develop the skills with hands on activities and experiments to understand that process. 

In Year 9 and 10, Science is taught to all students. This course involves the study of biology, chemistry and physics, at each level with geology and astronomy as well. We believe it should be exciting and interesting while at the same time developing the skills in communication and content so that students can truly excel.

In Year 11, students study for Level One NCEA. We also offer to students who excel in Year 10, the option of completing a double Science option that includes Level One and Level Two standards.

Science Department


Chemistry provides students with an understanding of the material universe and our understanding of how substances interact with each other and how people can make use of them. 

Many students choose to study chemistry in conjunction with other science subjects if they intend to go on to tertiary level science or professions where it is applied. 

Chemistry leads on to many diverse occupations, from hairdressing, chef, photographer and nurse through to a forensic scientist, winemaker, volcanologist, psychiatrist, scientist, doctor, engineer and pharmacist.

Rebecca Boniface

At Rangitoto so far I have really enjoyed doing practical work in Science, which is the reason why I chose Chemistry.  I find all the different reactions with different chemicals really interesting.  I think that by doing Chemistry I have a good knowledge of Science which will be beneficial to my tertiary education and career.

Rebecca Boniface
Year 12 - Chemistry
Career Goal 
I want to go to university and get a degree in Science or Business, focusing on Chemistry, Biology or Accounting.


Year 12 Biology aims to give students a sense of the diversity of the living world and the environment in which they live with emphasis on New Zealand examples. A field trip to the rocky shore at Wenderholm and other beaches, enables students to get hands on experience of patterns in the community whilst laboratory based practical’s form an important part of the cell biology component of the course. 

Year 13 Biology extends the students’ understanding of genetics and evolution, investigates the various ways living organisms respond to their environment, begins to get an understanding of the biological and cultural evolution that the human species has undergone and explores new developments in biotechnology arena. 

Biology is a dynamic subject which encompasses not only the living world around every one of us but has links to almost every other discipline. With the many advancements in biotechnology, and medicine as well as environmental and conservation concerns, Biology as a subject, can serve as a focus in highlighting the important role humans play in our changing world. 

Biology opens the door to a diverse array of careers and occupations including archaeology, bacteriology, dermatology, entomology, gynaecology, herpetology, ichthyology, microbiology, oenology, pharmacology, radiology, taxi-dermology, x-ray crystallography, and of course zoology. But seriously from agricultural work, fitness trainer, food technologist to dentistry, biology can be an important subject to study. 


It provides students with knowledge of the fundamental concepts of light, waves, motion, electricity, magnetism and nuclear physics, as well as an understanding of how these physical concepts apply to our everyday lives. 

The varied interests and abilities of Physics students are catered for in the range of contexts used and activities offered. The courses at all levels emphasise practical work and hands-on demonstrations.

Physics uses mathematics as an important tool, and it is also linked directly to many aspects of chemistry, biology, earth sciences and astronomy. Physics is often chosen as a subject to support various study pathways at tertiary level, but it is also chosen by many students simply because it is interesting! 

Where can Physics take you? You choose! The skills used in Physics to solve problems and communicate ideas effectively are sought after by any employer. Physics is directly applicable to a wide range in careers: from the lofty heights of atmospherics and astrophysics to the more down-to-earth engineering and geology fields; from analytical uses in aviation, electronics and medicine to creative applications such as photography, sound engineering, lighting and architecture.

James Huang

Physics is a vital subject at school as it presents you with multiple university and career opportunities due to it's versatility.

James Huang
Year 12 - Physics
Career Goal 
I would like to study Civil Engineering at Auckland University and having a knowledge of Physics is vital to taking that next step with my studies.
Head of Department 
Peter Stewart

Bachelor of Science Auckland University

Winner of the 2012 Prime Minister's Science Teacher Prize Nominated for New Zealander of the year 2012
I have gone from running a section of a government department to being a stockbroker as well as being self-employed. I entered teaching just over ten years ago. I was Head of Chemistry at Papatoetoe High School, as well as Head of Junior Science. More recently I was a visiting curriculum specialist for Auckland University's Teach First Programme.
Personal Statement 
I want students to have a curiosity and sense of wonder for the world around them. To realise that everyone struggles at times and know that effort is the single biggest factor in determining success. This is a subject that touches all our lives and is where we look for answers. They can be a part of this and we will do our best to encourage, motivate and inspire them to be truly excellent.