About Maribyrnong Primary School

Science at Maribyrnong Primary

Maribyrnong Primary School is a government school in Kaleen, a suburb in the inner North of Canberra, ACT. The school has increased in size considerably over the past few years due to changing demographics and the expansion of adjacent suburbs and currently has almost 450 students enrolled.

Science is taught at every level from year 6 down to preschool. Most of the units of work taught come from the Primary Connections series or are based on the 5Es teaching and learning model. The Primary Connections program provides an inquiry-based approach which is exciting and rewarding for all age levels, it is also fully aligned with the Australian Curriculum.

Maribyrnong Primary is involved with many environmental initiatives. We participate in Clean up Australia Day and Earth Hour every year. We have been Accredited as a Waste Wise and Water Wise School by The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI)ACT and are currently working towards becoming Energy Wise accredited later this year. I have recently set up a new Science Centre at the school with a herb and veggie garden, native plants and a frog pond.

There are two science extension clubs that operate at Maribyrnong , one for the 3/4 students and one for 5/6 students. These students take part in a number of activities, challenges and competitions in addition to their regular science classes. Science club students are currently involved with the Giant Classroom Challenge, the Australian Science Teachers Association Spectra Awards and CSIRO Crest Awards. Some students are also working on projects for the ACT engineering Games and a Water Rocket competition which is an annual event for our local cluster of schools. For the past 4 years we have been involved with the Kids Teaching Kids events running workshops. Last year we were also invited to attend the International Kids Teaching Kids Conference in Perth where we did a video presentation.

Maribyrnong Primary runs its own Science Fair each year with many entries going on to the ACT Science Fair Where we have been awarded the Early Childhood Shield for the past three years.

We have a wonderfully supportive school community who help out in Science in so many ways; fund raising, working Bees, donating plants to the science centre gardens, providing assistance during science club and helping transport students to various events and competitions and just talking science at home!