Life Sciences

Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.

Jeffrey Eugenides

Life Sciences Details

Life Sciences allow students to develop an interest in, and passion for, the study of organisms and their organisation, life processes and relationships to each other and their environment. This discipline is dynamic, interesting and stimulating, and teaches a wide range of skills that can be employed in many different careers.

Our state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment enable us to prepare our students for the rigorous demands of tertiary education. The curriculum and the style of teaching have been adapted to cope with increasing knowledge and advances in technology, giving our learners the ability to consider these latest advances.

The study of life sciences is vital for any learner wishing to move into a Science or Medical degree at University, and we are confident that Wynberg Boys’ receive an education which provides them with a strong foundation for these courses.

A Word from the Head of Life Sciences

Mr Gareth Searle

Life Science is the scientific study of living things from molecular level to their interactions with one another and their environments. By the end of Grade 12, students should have acquired a thorough understanding of important life processes in plants and animals, the ability to use the correct methodology required in proper scientific investigation, research skills, an understanding of the major issues confronting our society, and the role that they can play in solving many of society’s pressing problems.

A very strong argument can be made that by addressing and solving these problems (for example the spread of viral diseases, starvation, under-nutrition, global-warming, over-population, loss of natural resources, type II diabetes, obesity) will largely be solved by research in areas as biotechnology, virology, ecology, marine biology, and genetics — all of which are inextricably linked to Life Sciences. Much of the current Life Science Syllabus from grades 10 – 12 focuses on these fields of study providing the students with a taste of future career interests.

Numerous practical approaches are used in our teaching such as model-building, dissections, pupil presentations, computer research, plant experiments, field work, simulation games, microscope investigations, group presentations, and computer enrichment and assessment.