The Science Department
Three subjects are offered by ten teachers in the Science Department: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The teaching staff is supported by three laboratory technicians.
|Teachers||Peter Ahiable||Simon Baako||Paul Ahiable|
|Michael Djan||Kwaku Boateng||Lawrence Badoe|
|Christian Schmelz||Vivian B. Essuman||Timothy Obuobi|
|Lab Technicians||Prince Godwin Kley||Agyemang K. Gyamfi||Abu Issah|
The Department operates four well equipped laboratories. There is one each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics and a general laboratory which is used by all three disciplines.
Approach to Teaching and Learning
Students are engaged in regular practical work to deepen their understanding of what is learnt in class and also to equip students with skills that they need to pursue courses in the sciences at university level. In addition to this, students regularly go on trips to familiarize themselves with what goes on in industry and Science-related companies, and to better understand the links between what is learnt in school and applications of Science in everyday life.
The places students visit include: the Everpure water processing company, Noguchi Memorial Institute, Aluworks, Tema Lube Oil, Nestle Ghana Ltd., the Ghana standards boards, the power generating plant and the National Nuclear Medicine and radiotherapy unit.
Teachers in the Science department use varied teaching and learning techniques to help students understand concepts and gain knowledge. Support lessons are organized for students who have challenges in any subject. Assessment of students’ performance is monitored to be in line with the requirements of the respective exam bodies: Cambridge for grades 9 and 10 and the International Baccalaureate for grades 11 and 12.
State-of-the-art equipment such as data-loggers, sensors, camera microscopes, and ‘smart boards’, just to mention a few, are widely used in teaching and learning to ensure that our students keep up with the developments of technology around the world.
Whilst our students initially use standard operating procedures when undertaking practical work we put much emphasis on fostering ingenuity and developing independence. This helps our students prepare for the practical work required for the Individual Investigation and the Extended Essay. The Group 4 Project, a compulsory component of the IB Diploma programme, helps our students further develop their problem-solving, diagnostic, analytical, and team work skills.
Activities and Clubs
A major activity organized by the Science Department is the Science and Technology day. There is also a Science and Environmental Club, and students in this club are engaged in an exchange programme with Sweden. A major aim of this club is to initiate innovative ways of understanding science, and to address environmental issues.