Marine sciences at schools

2018-12-04 06:01

Simon’s Town High School is one of three schools that will be launching Marine Sciences as a new pilot subject as of January next year.

The Marine Sciences pilot subject will be launched at the node schools, which include South Peninsula High School and Gansbaai Academy, as part of the Grade 10 curriculum. This is being done in partnership with the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Marine Sciences will be offered as an “after-school” eighth subject at the node schools, over two afternoons per week (as determined by the school). The subject will also be available to interested Grade 10 learners from neighbouring schools and nearby areas. A minimal cost for students will apply and will be payable to the node schools’ governing bodies.

These three schools have been selected as “Marine Sciences node schools” and will offer the new subject to Grade 10 learners. These learners will be the pilot group and successful candidates will be awarded a Two Oceans Aquarium Grade 12 Marine Sciences Certificate when matriculating. This pilot will guide teachers to introduce this subject as an official matric subject for Grade 10 students in 2020.

Michael Peters, Simon’s Town High School deputy principal, says they are excited about offering the subject. “We are more than ready to start offering the subject as of next year. We are just finalising on getting the teacher for the subject and we have already put the subject on our timetable, so we are excited. This is something new for us, but we feel it is important and it must be done for the better of our learners. We are glad that our school was chosen as a pilot because it gives us a head start to everything. We have given all our Grade 9s a 10-page worksheet to give them an idea of what this is about and what the syllabus will entail. With the worksheet they will make an informed decision,” he says.

For Russell Stevens, head of education at the Two Oceans Aquarium, this is a significant milestone in the work towards the development of the subject, which will be implemented in schools across the country from 2020.

“This project is gaining momentum and the process has put the Two Oceans Aquarium on the map for the most senior officials in the country. Our team has worked very hard at developing partnerships with the Department of Basic Education and in the provincial education departments (WCED; Eastern Cape; KZN and the Gauteng Education Department). All are now familiar with our programmes and the significance of our offering in the South African education landscape. Support from senior officials in the departments of education has shown recognition for the contribution made by the Two Oceans Aquarium staff in the partnering with South Africa’s formal education sector.”

The Two Oceans Aquarium has a very active and respected education department that sees approximately 70 000 learners visit the aquarium each year to be introduced to the wonders of the marine ecosystems.

Peters says the maritime industry is growing and it only makes sense to give learners an option at an early age. “They will have better opportunities when it comes to finding jobs.” They hope learners will opt for the subject. The Marine Sciences curriculum covers five sub-disciplines: Marine Geography and Geology, Marine Chemistry, Marine Physics, Marine Biology, and Humans and the Ocean.

Node schools are currently inviting prospective Grade 10 learners who wish to take Marine Sciences from 2019, to apply. Each application will be considered in conjunction with the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Applicants need to submit the following to the Marine Sciences coordinating teacher at each of the node schools:

. Letter of motivation

. Supporting letter from Geography/Natural Sciences teacher or grade head

. A certified copy of a Grade 9 June report

. A letter from parent/guardian, undertaking to pay after-school fees

The following criteria will apply:

. Current Grade 9 learners who will be studying Grade 10 in 2019 can apply

. A maximum of 40 suitable candidates per node will be selected

. Candidates must be taking Grade 10 Maths and Physical Sciences

. Candidates must have reliable transport to attend the programme.

.If eighth subject, it must not interfere with any of the learner’s other subjectsV Call the node schools, Simon’s Town High on 021 786 1056, South Peninsula High on 021 712 9318 and Gansbaai Academy on 028 384 2370.

Simon’s Town High School is one of three schools that will be launching Marine Sciences as a new pilot subject as of January next year.

The Marine Sciences pilot subject will be launched at the node schools, which include South Peninsula High School and Gansbaai Academy, as part of the Grade 10 curriculum. This is being done in partnership with the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Marine Sciences will be offered as an “after-school” eighth subject at the node schools, over two afternoons per week (as determined by the school). The subject will also be available to interested Grade 10 learners from neighbouring schools and nearby areas. A minimal cost for students will apply and will be payable to the node schools’ governing bodies.

These three schools have been selected as “Marine Sciences node schools” and will offer the new subject to Grade 10 learners. These learners will be the pilot group and successful candidates will be awarded a Two Oceans Aquarium Grade 12 Marine Sciences Certificate when matriculating. This pilot will guide teachers to introduce this subject as an official matric subject for Grade 10 students in 2020.

Michael Peters, Simon’s Town High School deputy principal, says they are excited about offering the subject. “We are more than ready to start offering the subject as of next year. We are just finalising on getting the teacher for the subject and we have already put the subject on our timetable, so we are excited. This is something new for us, but we feel it is important and it must be done for the better of our learners. We are glad that our school was chosen as a pilot because it gives us a head start to everything. We have given all our Grade 9s a 10-page worksheet to give them an idea of what this is about and what the syllabus will entail. With the worksheet they will make an informed decision,” he says.

For Russell Stevens, head of education at the Two Oceans Aquarium, this is a significant milestone in the work towards the development of the subject, which will be implemented in schools across the country from 2020. “This project is gaining momentum and the process has put the Two Oceans Aquarium on the map for the most senior officials in the country. Our team has worked very hard at developing partnerships with the Department of Basic Education and in the provincial education departments (WCED; Eastern Cape; KZN and the Gauteng Education Department). All are now familiar with our programmes and the significance of our offering in the South African education landscape. Support from senior officials in the departments of education has shown recognition for the contribution made by the Two Oceans Aquarium staff in the partnering with South Africa’s formal education sector.”

The Two Oceans Aquarium has a very active and respected education department that sees approximately 70 000 learners visit the aquarium each year to be introduced to the wonders of the marine ecosystems.

Peters says the maritime industry is growing and it only makes sense to give learners an option at an early age. “They will have better opportunities when it comes to finding jobs.” They hope learners will opt for the subject. The Marine Sciences curriculum covers five sub-disciplines: Marine Geography and Geology, Marine Chemistry, Marine Physics, Marine Biology, and Humans and the Ocean.

Node schools are currently inviting prospective Grade 10 learners who wish to take Marine Sciences from 2019, to apply. Each application will be considered in conjunction with the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Applicants need to submit the following to the Marine Sciences coordinating teacher at each of the node schools:

. Letter of motivation

. Supporting letter from Geography/Natural Sciences teacher or grade head

. A certified copy of a Grade 9 June report

. A letter from parent/guardian, undertaking to pay after-school fees

The following criteria will apply:

. Current Grade 9 learners who will be studying Grade 10 in 2019 can apply

. A maximum of 40 suitable candidates per node will be selected

. Candidates must be taking Grade 10 Maths and Physical Sciences

. Candidates must have reliable transport to attend the programme.

.If eighth subject, it must not interfere with any of the learner’s other subjectsV Call the node schools, Simon’s Town High on 021 786 1056, South Peninsula High on 021 712 9318 and Gansbaai Academy on 028 384 2370.

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