Mathematics

Overview

The staff of the Mathematics Department has a focus on promoting the pursuit of mathematical excellence at a level that is appropriate for individual students.

  • Specific Course Details are located in the Course Handbooks

Lower School classes are streamed to accommodate a range of student ability. With the Australian Curriculum being implemented, the use of streamed classes provides a supportive environment for students to develop mathematically. It also provides for an element of competition, which encourages the pursuit of excellence.

In Years 7 and 8 the year group covers the same program, with streaming allowing for varying levels of complexity and speed of delivery. In Year 9, high achieving students follow an Advanced program that is more academically rigorous than the Common program.

Students in Year 10 will study either the Pre-Methods, Pre-Applications or Pre-Essentials programs, based upon their achievement in Year 9. As the names suggest, the program in each of the three courses contains preparatory material for the relevant Senior School Mathematics courses.

The Core Program supplements the mainstream courses offered for those students in Year 7 through to Year 9 who experience difficulty with areas of Mathematics.

Mathematics Extension classes operate for selected and invited students in all Lower School years. This provides an opportunity for talented young Mathematicians to develop and extend themselves in a manner not always possible in an ordinary class.

The full range of Senior School subjects is offered, and in most cases there are multiple classes of each subject.

Graphing calculators (Casio Classpad) are used extensively in Senior School ATAR courses. Year 10 students in Pre-Methods and Pre-Applications have access to Classpad calculators and use them for tasks as designated by their teacher.

We have access to computer notebooks and integrate the use of computers into many topics that we cover.