Topic outline

  • Science Department

    What is science about?

    Science is the study of how the universe works

    Science is a systematic process used to discover how the universe works and what it is made of. Science relies on testing ideas with evidence gained from the natural and physical world. Scientific explanations are accepted as reliable only when they have been subjected to rigorous testing.

    Scientific knowledge is dynamic and evolves over time

    Scientific knowledge builds on previous ideas and innovations and is continually being updated and expanded as new evidence comes to hand. This means that our understanding of the universe has changed over time and will continue to change.

    Science is a collaborative activity

    Scientists interact with each other and with the wider world and as they try to validate new explanations. Science explanations are inextricably linked to culture, politics, and economics because scientists are part of communities and cultures that view the world in different ways.

    Science is both logical and creative
    Scientific investigation makes use of multiple approaches, creative as well as logical. Creative scientists “think outside the box”, shift perspective as they view problems, and examine different views of the same problem. Through inspiration, careful observation, and critical thinking, scientists discover, invent, adapt, combine, and apply ideas. Knowledge gained from scientific research finds its way into countless practical applications/technologies that benefit humankind.


    He aha tēnei mea te pūtaiao?

     Ko te ako o te āhua o te taiao mahi Pūtaiao

    He tukanga pūnahanaha kia kite e pehea ai te hanga o te Ao. Ka whakawhirinaki ki runga i ngā whakaaro ki te whakamātautau i ngā taunakitanga kua riro i a tātou te Ao. Nā te hurihanga o te taiao, ka tini ngā mōhiotanga o te Putaiao, ā, kei te tini tonu. Kei te whakaae i ngā whakamārama Pūtaiao rite pono anake, no te mea kua oti te pehi i a ratou ki te whakamātautau pakari.

     Te mātaranga Putaiao

    Ko te hihiri o te matauranga Pūtaiao e whakahoutia, ka whakawhānui anō hoki i ngā taunakitanga hou ki te ringa. Koia nei te tikanga e puta atu tatou i te ao nā runga anō i ngā whakarerekētanga o te Putaiao.

     Te mahi ngātahi

    E pāhekoheko ana te Putaiao ki a rātou, ki te ao whānui, ki te taumata o ratou ki te whakamana i ngā whakamāramatanga hou. Kei te tūhonohono te whakamāramatanga o te Pūtaiao ki te ahurea, te tōrangapū, me te ohaoha nō te mea he wāhi o te hapori me ngā ahurea e tirohia i te ao i roto i ngā huarahi rerekē o te kaipūtaiao.

     He arorau, he auaha.

    He maha ngā auaha me te arorau hei tūtuki. Ko tā te kaipūtaiao "me whakaaro i waho o te pouaka", kia whākawhanui te tirohanga atu ki te ao, kia ahukahuka i ngā raruraru, waihoki, ka titiro ki ngā rerekētanga o te raruraru. Nā roto i te wharuarua, e manukanuka ana te mātakitaki, te whakaaro arohaehae a te kaipūtaiao. Ka whai tonu i te urutau, te whakakotahi, me te whakamahi i ngā whakaaro. Mā te Putaiao ka huakina nga tatau ki a rātou e hiahia ana te whai.

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by Ella Mitchell - Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 3:35 PM

The ICAS Science Test IS COMING UP...

The International Competitions and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) Science test will be held at PNBHS on 30 May 2017.  Entries for this need to be in by 15 April 2017.  If you are interested in doing the test, please let your Science or specialist Science teacher know. Alternatively, contact Mrs Reid to register. Year 9-13 are welcome to have a go at this test.  The cost to register and have your test marked is only $9.50.  So have a go and register NOW!!



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