Science (Pūtaiao)

At Southland Girls’ High School we aim to make our lessons relevant and useful, challenging our girls to make sense of the world around them through experiment and observation, with the hope that we create a lifelong interest in science.

The University of Berkeley capture the essence of science well in these points:

  • Science is both a body of knowledge and a process. Science is a collection of observations, facts and theories built up over many years. Just as importantly, science is also a process of discovery that allows us to link isolated facts into coherent and comprehensive understandings of the natural world.
  • Science is exciting. Science is a way of discovering what is in the universe and how those things work today, how they worked in the past, and how they are likely to work in the future. Scientists are motivated by the thrill of seeing or figuring out something that no one has before.
  • Science is useful. The knowledge generated by science is powerful and reliable. It can be used to develop new technologies, treat diseases, and deal with many other sorts of problems.
  • Science is ongoing. Science is continually refining and expanding our knowledge of the universe, and as it does, it leads to new questions for future investigation. Science will never be “finished.”
  • Science is a global human endeavour. People all over the world participate in the process of science. And you can too!

There are many opportunities for students:
IYM (Innovative Young Minds)
Science Badges
Otago Hands On
WiE CAN Residential Programme
Powering Potential
Science & Technology Fair
NZAS Tiwai partnership. Watch a video about the partnership here
Lunch time tutorials
Peer tutor sessions

Year 7  Year 8 Year 9
Learning areas covered include:

  • Innovation & magnets (Scientists/Physics focus).
  • Sound (Physics/Musical focus).
  • Well-being (Chemistry/Health focus).
  • Enviro-Watch (Biology/Sustainability focus).
  • Time Detectives (Geology focus).
Learning areas covered include:

  • Becoming a scientist
  • Heat
  • Biodiversity
  • Sport Science
  • Weather & Climate
  • What’s the Matter?
Mixed ability classes general science
Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
  • 10SCA Cambridge Curriculum
  • 10SC NZ Curriculum mixed ability classes, general science


  • 101 General Science
  • 102 General Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • General Science
  • Agriculture

Year 13

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • General Science
  • Human Science
  • Agriculture

Contact details

Book a Tour of Enwood House

Come and see all that Southland Girls’ High School offers boarders with a tour of Enwood House that allows you to see our facilities in action, while meeting the staff and the students.

To book in for a tour of the boarding house, please email Jenni Dennis, or telephone 03 211 6030.

RISKS Disclosure

This event contains risks, including possible injuries. This event is managed by school staff or other organisations who will manage risk and hazards according to the school’s/organisation’s safety management plan. This includes careful consideration of all procedures while carrrying out the activites. While risks can be maintained to acceptable levels they cannot be totally eliminated. Some risk is retained for its learning and experiential value.

If you wish to come in to school to see our safety management systems or have any questions please phone 03 211 6030.


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I agree to do the following to make this happen:

  • Show courtesy and consideration to others.
  • Follow the rules and instructions of staff and other supervisors at the events.
  • Look after myself and my personal belongings.
  • Declare medical conditions that could affect participation in the events.
  • Accept the rules set by the school for the events.

I understand that my parents / caregivers will be contacted and I may be sent home at their expense if:

  • My actions are considered unacceptable by staff / supervisors of these events.
  • I breach the behaviour / discipline standards of the school.
  • My actions put me or others in any danger.

Book a School Tour

Come and see all that Southland Girls’ High School offers students with a school tour that allows you to see our facilities in action, while meeting the staff and the students.

Student tour guides will answer questions and offer a student’s perspective, before meeting with a senior member of staff to discuss your child’s enrolment.

To book in for a tour of the school, please email Nicola Macpherson on or telephone 03 211 6030.

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