RSV Field Trip: John Monash Science School PLUS Monash Earth Sciences Garden


We are delighted to advise we will convene our fourth field trip for the year with a visit to the exciting John Monash Science School – the high school you wish you’d attended! John Monash Science School focuses on science, mathematics and associated technologies. It is the result of a unique partnership between the Victorian Government and Monash University, and is located in a purpose-built facility on the university’s Clayton Campus.

The JMSS has been established for 640 students from across the State of Victoria in Years 10, 11 and 12 with a strong interest in science, maths and technology. It is Victoria’s first specialist science school, located on Monash University’s Clayton campus in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. Students can study emerging science electives in fields such as nanotechnology, astrophysics, pharmaceutical science and bioinformatics. Through their partnership with Monash University, all Year 10 students are able to undertake an extended science research project with guidance from expert mentors.

Our visit to Monash also provides us with a great opportunity to tour the Monash Earth Sciences Garden with outreach staff from the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, led by RSV member Dr Julie Boyce. The first of its kind in Australia and the most comprehensive worldwide, the Garden is inspired by the geology and geomorphology of our State, providing a “living geological map of Victoria.” Join us!


10.30am – Arrival at Monash Earth Sciences Garden

10.45 –     Begin guided tour of Garden

11.30 –     Conclude tour of Garden, quick break and walk to JMSS

12.00pm –     Convene at JMSS

12.10 –     Welcome and school introduction – JMSS Principal Peter Corkill

12.20 –     Begin tour of school – this will include viewing of a live Emerging Sciences Victoria lesson and several different classes

12.50 –     Tour groups return to seminar rooms

1.00 –      Curriculum and Science at JMSS – Head of Science JMSS

1.25 –      Questions for Head of Science

1.30 –      Introduction of teachers and students ahead of lunch at JMSS. This also provides an opportunity for RSV members to interact directly with staff and students

2-2.30pm – Event concludes