SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

The department comprises the following subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Psychology.
Chemistry, Physics and Biology are done at all the Secondary levels from Year 7 to Year 13, but Psychology is only offered at AS and A2 Levels. In the early years, that is, Years 7, 8 and 9, the Science subjects are taught at the foundation level, laying emphasis on understanding the language of science, both theoretical as well as experimental. Students learn every aspect of the subjects experimentally and hence they appreciate how to gather evidence in various ways and thus are able to learn how to research and to present their findings quite early.
Syllabus:
The syllabus for Years 7, 8 and 9 for the three Sciences is based on Cambridge curriculum secondary 1 and appear for the check point test at the end of year 9. Our students shall be appearing for the check point test starting from April 2014.has been developed at the workshop organised by the Science Head of Department and all the Science teachers were involved. The syllabus forms a foundation for IGCSE Cambridge that is taken at the end of Year 11. The Check point exam is taken at the end of the second term. Third term of year 9 is used to start the IGCSE syllabus. All the topics are presented in an experimental approach to make them interesting and easy to learn. At Years 10 and 11 the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus is started and completed by the first half of the second term of Year 11, that is, by the month of February, when the students seat for their Mock Examination. In the next half of the term, the teachers are busy revising all the topics of the syllabus and instilling examination skills to the students. Strong candidates sit for the Extended Syllabi which are more challenging and give opportunity for the student to pursue the subject at AS and possibly at A2 levels. Weak students do the less challenging Core Syllabus and stop the subject at Ordinary Level. Years 12 and 13 are the advanced level years, where the lifelong learning occurs, from where the students join the various Universities of the world. To qualify for a science subject at Year12 level, the student must score at least a B in that subject at the Cambridge IGCSE level or at the KCSE level, which is the local curriculum. The Year 12 level is called AS level or Advanced Subsidiary Level and the Year 13 level is called Advanced level. AT the AS and A2 levels, the Edexcel GCE Syllabuses are preferred to the Cambridge Syllabuses for all the four science subjects. At the end of the second term, the teachers ought to have finished the syllabus of each science subject before the students sit for their Mock Examination. After the Mock Examination, teachers undertake revision of the syllabuses and equip the students with examination skills in readiness for the Final Examinations. Year 12 students sit for the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Examinations and Year 13 sit for the Advanced Level Examinations. To qualify to do the Advanced level in a science subject, a student must score at least a C grade or above in that subject.
Assessments:
We use both formative and summative methods of assessment in the department. 50% of the term mark comes from formative assessment in form of CATs and assignment and 50% comes from summative assessment in form of the End of term test that comprises questions from all the topics that were covered in the term.
Achievements
Our students participated in the International Science Fair that was conducted at Oshwal Academy Nairobi and came home with many prizes. Many of our A level students of 2013 are currently pursuing courses in many prestigious universities of the world.  (Mrs. Sudha Rao - Head of Department)