Year 12 Biology ATAR

Here are some Y12 Biology ATAR students creating DNA profiles via gel electrophoresis.

Gel electrophoresis is a technique commonly used in laboratories to separate charged molecules like DNA according to their size.

They were investigating how this could be applied within forensics and biological conservation.

Nicola Ross

Science Teacher/Assistant Dean Timae


The rules of conduct for the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) Year 12 ATAR course examinations will be published in the Year 12 Information Handbook Part II: Examinations 2020, which will be uploaded to the SCSA website in July 2020.

Given the challenge of identifying and determining the use of mobile technologies in the examination room, please note that we have just been notified that a new rule will be implemented from 2020 for the Year 12 ATAR course examinations: no candidate will be permitted to wear or take any watch or wireless-enabled technology device e.g. Fitbit, into the examination room. These items will be considered unauthorised items.

Unauthorised items include:

mobile phone
analogue or smart watch or Fitbit or similar device
mobile device that has wifi and/or bluetooth capabilities
mobile storage device
non-approved calculator
calculator cover
non-transparent pencil case
non-approved notes or any other print material relevant or irrelevant to this examination, (for example, writing on the back of your hand or arm, or blank paper)
headphones, earplugs, earbuds or other unauthorised listening device
wallet, purse or bag
food, lollies or chewing gum
or any other unauthorised item.

The school Year 10-12 Examination Regulations will be updated to include this change, and it will be mentioned to Year 11 and 12 students in Education Plus.

Liz Criddle

Deputy Head of Secondary (Teaching & Learning)


The theatre group Poetry In Action recently visited the Duncraig campus to present ‘Words of War’ to our Year 11 ATAR English and ATAR Literature students. The presentation focused on the works of Wilfred Owen, a WWI poet, and explored the potential and power of words to capture the inhumanity of war. Not only was the performance entertaining, it will help students in preparing for their Semester 2 exams.


Teaming up across our campuses, Year 12 ATAR Biology students from Carramar and Duncraig recently worked to make transgenic organisms. Taking the GFP gene from jellyfish and inserting it into bacterium, results show that when the gene is expressed it glows! Students then participated in a debate discussing the ethics behind genetically modified organisms and the future impact the science will have on society.

ATAR Holiday Revision Course

Enrolments are currently open for ATAR Holiday Revision Courses during the July School Holidays with Academic Task Force at Perth Modern School, Churchlands Senior High School, Perth College or Rossmoyne Senior High School or Academic Associates at the University of Western Australia.

Specialist ATAR teachers will help you revise course content and prepare students for their exams. Students will learn in a small, interactive class to maximise their learning and receive feedback on their work from the teacher. Students will learn how to maximise their marks.

To enrol visit the Academic Group website at or speak with your Year Coordinator for a brochure.


  • Year 11 & 12 ATAR Revision Program with Academic Task Force – 10 hr subject revision and exam preparation courses to guide your study and help you maximise your marks. Available in week 1 and 2 of the July School Holidays at Rossmoyne SHS, Perth College, Churchlands SHS and Perth Modern School. Enrol online today at or call 9314 9500 or email
  • Year 12 ATAR Academic Enrichment Program with Academic Associates – Premium 10 hr revision courses available at the University of Western Australia in week 1 of the July school holidays for students wanting top ATAR marks and advanced insight into their ATAR courses. Enrol online at or call 9314 9500 or email
  • Skills Development Program for students in Years 7 – 10 with Academic Task Force – Programs available in English, Maths, Learning Skills and Essay Writing. Available in week 1 and 2 of the July School Holidays at Rossmoyne SHS and Churchlands SHS. Enrol now online at or call 9314 9500 or email

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Musculoskeletal System

The ATAR Y11 Human Biology students performed a chicken wing dissection to help associate the musculoskeletal system in humans. They discovered that pulling on the tendons would flap the wings.

Nicola Ross

Science Teacher

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” Thomas Berger