Why is it so? Moree Secondary College has the exact science

WHETHER it is agriculture, medicine or engineering, the foundations for potential scientific breakthroughs are being built at the Moree Secondary College.

With a strong science curriculum embracing all major subjects including physics, chemistry, biology and agricultural science, engagement within the faculty by students and staff is vibrant.

Head Teacher Science at the Albert Street Campus, Mia Williams, has been teaching at the school for seven years and said the faculty boasts state-of-the-art rooms and equipment, and is staffed by experienced teachers, who are passionate about the curriculum.

“Personally I have always enjoyed science. It’s fascinating and it’s an area in which I am always learning,” Ms Williams said.

“As a child, science was my favourite subject and every book I read seemed to be science related.

“To be able to teach students who may then go on to pursue a whole range of science based careers is extremely satisfying. I love the fact that what we teach today could set them up for lifelong careers.”

Moree science faculty teachers Adrian Heard, Mia Williams, James Botfield, Peter Lyons, and at front, Yasmin Misic with Moree Secondary College principal Paula Barton in the Albert Street Campus Science lab (Image: Georgina Poole).

Albert Street and Carol Avenue Campuses both enjoy new, fully-equipped science rooms, and collaborate with tertiary institutions to ensure equipment and curriculum is directly in line with University prerequisites.

“We enjoy a great relationship with UNE in particular and our students take part in a number of programs annually, such as HSC booster days, which are three day intensive science workshops to prepare for final exams with the potential to secure internships post-graduation,” Ms Williams said.

Moree Secondary College principal Paula Barton said it was thanks to passionate young staff such as Mia that the science faculty thrived.

“Mia came to us as a young teacher from a farming background, passionate about ag science in particular. It’s extremely rewarding to see that through nurturing and mentoring she has developed into such a fine, high calibre teacher and now is leading her faculty as a head teacher,” Mrs Barton said.

“We’re never letting her go,” Mrs Barton laughed.

With a healthy percentage of students taking on science-based subjects for their senior studies, Ms Williams said it was not unusual for students to combine top tier subjects such as physics, chemistry and biology locally here in Moree.

“In recent years we have one student graduate fifth in the State in Primary Industries. This is a fantastic reflection on the passion of the students and calibre of staff – it’s a huge achievement,” Ms Williams said.

Adrian Heard, Head of Science at the Carol Ave Campus, agrees that teachers are highly motivated to get the most out of students.

“There’s a real collegiate feel to the science faculty at Moree Secondary College. We’ve been teaching together for a long time and there’s a wealth of experience that benefits both the junior and senior campuses,” Mr Heard said.

Yasmin Misic is one of the most recent recruits to the team, having transferred this term from the Gold Coast.

“It’s a fabulous school to teach in with really engaged students and staff and fabulous facilities, Ms Misic said.

“For a country school Moree Secondary College certainly holds its own.”

Words and Image: Georgina Poole