Earth and Space Science (Papatūānuku takiwā)

Mai i te Kōpae ki te Urupa, tātou ako tonu ai.

From the cradle to the grave we are forever learning.

The study of Earth and Space (ESS) covers a range of key strands in Science, including Geology, Astronomy, Marine Science, Environmental Science, Antarctic Studies, and Earth System Science. It will allow Year 12 and 13 students to understand the interconnections between the land, ocean, atmosphere, and the wider universe.

Students who take Level 2 Earth and Space Science will explore:

  • The historical effects of meteorite impacts on Earth and wider solar system
  • How humans and animals adapt to survive in extreme environments
  • The life cycle of stars and other planetary bodies
  • The unique geology of Castle Hill
  • How tsunamis’ earthquakes and volcanic eruptions shape the natural world. 

The Level 3 course is highly flexible and allows students to take ownership of their learning. They will investigate:

  • Current socio-scientific issues of interest
  • Potentially habitable moons and exoplanets 
  • The likelihood of a megaquake at the Alpine Fault
  • The importance of the ocean to humans and ecosystems
  • A relevant practical investigation of their choice

Right now it is more important than ever for young adults to understand the complex  systems of our universe. As Jay Inslee said, "We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it."