Elanora State School's dedicated science teaching spaces enable our team of specialist STEAM teachers to deliver the current requirements of the Australian curriculum whilst ensuring that the development of working scientifically skills are at the heart of science learning.
From Prep to Year 6, our learning environments and science program, are designed to foster the imagination and curiosity of children as they discover the world around them, while preparing them to function effectively in a scientifically and technologically advanced society.
Students from Prep to Year 6 are encouraged to participate in our annual Elanora State School Science competition, which culminates during National Science Week with judging by a panel of science experts. During the judging process, age-appropriate projects are selected to enter the Griffith University Science Competition. Elanora State School has a proud association with the Griffith University Science Competition, with entrants winning a range of categories over a long period of time.
Elanora State School has developed a strong partnership with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. For many years, the sanctuary has hosted our annual Science Conference. A select group of science enthusiasts from Years 4-6 are invited to visit to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where environmental education experts use a range of hands-on experiences and activities to encourage learning and fun. Following the excursion, students complete a project on an aspect of their visit.
The Elanora Sustainability Leadership program involves four selected Year 6 students working together to serve our school and local communities. Sustainability Leaders are fostered to follow their passions and interests in how to make our planet healthier and more sustainable for future generations.
The Sustainability Leaders program develops ideas and resources to inspire the leaders to run engaging initiatives within the school and community, such as the “Green Boot Award', Nude Food/No Waste Policy, waste management, recycling strategies and designing educational awareness programmes across the school. As a school, we are committed to the installation of solar panels within the school and incorporating more sustainable initiatives into our daily lives.
Our Sustainability Leaders are afforded the opportunity to participate in the Eco Marines program, which focuses on the environmental and cultural significance of our local area. Throughout the year, EcoMarines lead various environmental activities or 'challenges' to help conserve our ecosystems. As part of the program, our Sustainability Leaders travel to Tangalooma Island to learn about the local environment and ecosystems. A highlight of the trip is hand feeding dolphins. The EcoMarines program culminates with participants attending a day long conference in Brisbane with like minded peers.