Tauhara College


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The word science comes from the Latin word "scientia," meaning knowledge. What does that really mean? Science refers to a system of acquiring knowledge. This system uses observation and experimentation to describe and explain natural phenomena. The term science also refers to the organized body of knowledge people have gained using that system. Less formally, the word science often describes any systematic field of study.

At Tauhara College, the Science Department aims to help prepare students for citizenship and pre-profressional careers through engagement in Science.  The following courses are offered: 

Subjects and Levels Taught
Science Years 9-11
Biology Years 12-13
Chemistry Years 12-13
Electronics Years 11-13
Environmental Studies Year 10
Land Based Studies Years 11-13
Physics Years 12-13
Faculty Staff
Mr Russell O'Brien Head of Faculty, Science, Biology
Mr James Lamb Science, S.T.E.A.M
Land Based Studies 
Ms Rachel Smith  Science, Chemistry
Mr Jason Butterfield Physics
Ms Andrea Mertens Science
Mrs Pamela Lambert Science Technician

Career Pathways

Science is the gateway for many careers - see our Careers Advisor for further information

- Scholarships: Biology - 2010, 2011 and 2012
- Distinction Awards in I.C.A.S
- Merit Award in Otago University Science Quiz
- Prize winners at the regional Science Fair 
- National finalists for the ‘Make it Fly’ competition.

Special Activities
- Science Club: special trips/activities available to all students interested in Science
- Level 2 Biology students go to the Pureora Forest to study the forest habitat each year
- Level 3 Biology students go to Liggins Institute & Auckland Zoo
- Level 3 Physics students travel to the Osbourne Physics lectures at Waikato University each year
- Land Based Studies students go to the Mystery Creek Field Days each year