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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Antonine College has committed to developing the STEM skills of our students across all year levels in science, maths and digital technology, to pave a way to careers in these fields. The students at Antonine College are provided with amazing opportunities to experience STEM applications in the real world, through inquiry-based investigations, use of technology in classes and participating in a wide range of incursions and excursions that provide engagement and extension for students.

Our engaging and inclusive curriculum is designed to meet the needs and interests of all students. It focuses on developing students’ depth of understanding of core concepts and interdisciplinary knowledge and the skills needed to be adaptive, to transfer learning to new contexts and to prepare for long-life learning.

In inquiry-based learning students learn specific skills, such as

  • Research, inquiry and design
  • Planning, questioning, predicting and conducting fair tests
  • Processing, analysing data and information
  • Evaluating and communicating findings
  • Providing solutions to real life situations
  • explanations or evaluations
  • comparing and contrasting
  • compare information sources for accuracy and relevance
  • analyse findings and draw valid conclusions
  • establish cause-and-effect relationships
  • assess areas for improvement or further research
  • present data and information using multimodal texts

Our Integrated Inquiry program draws on the curriculum areas of:

  • Humanities – History and Geography
  • Science
  • Technologies – Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Ethical Capability
  • Intercultural Capability

In addition, The Victorian Curriculum, which sets out what every student should learn, supports improved achievement in STEM. It includes a strong focus on the STEM skills and capabilities students will need to succeed in their lives and careers. This includes relatively new areas of digital technologies. Digital Technologies provide students with the opportunity to acquire and apply specific ways of thinking about problem solving to create innovative, purpose-designed digital solutions.

Extension Classes

  • Year 3 - 8 STEM extension
  • Year 9 - 10 Maths Extension

External Competitions

  • UNSW Science Competition
  • Australian National Chemistry Quiz
  • Australian Mathematics Competition

Excursions and Incursions

  • Melbourne Zoo
  • Science Works
  • Victoria University – building design
  • Forensic Science
  • Latrobe University – genetics workshop
  • Latrobe University – ecosystems
  • Latrobe University – water
  • ArtVo


  • In2Science Program (University mentors attend classes once a week for ten weeks to increase the enthusiasm and interest of our students in science and mathematics)
  • STEM weeks
  • Experiments, challenges, games and fun for two weeks