The study of mathematics is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.
By studying mathematics, students learn to work mathematically – developing fluency, understanding, problem-solving, reasoning and communication skills.
The syllabus consists of the following strands:
- number and algebra
- measurement and geometry
- statistics and probability.
In Year 11 and 12, the study of mathematics is optional. Courses offered include:
- Mathematics Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
- Mathematics Extension 1
- Mathematics Advanced
- Mathematics Standard 2
- Mathematics Standard 1 (Optional HSC examination)
- Mathematics Life Skills.
Mr Nick Timmins (Head Teacher)
Mr Stephen Thompson
Ms Tasha Burton
Mr Hilario Ayao
Mathematics is compulsory for students in Years 7-10, but not compulsory in Years 11 and 12. To survive in the real world all students need basic numeracy skills. Studies in mathematics equip students with problem-solving skills. These skills are in high demand in the workforce.
The Mathematics faculty endeavours to prepare all students and they are given the opportunity to study more abstract concepts and skills. For the abler, the Mathematics faculty participates in the Westpac Mathematics competition. The staff run Mathematics field days for students in Years 7-8 and 10. At the field days, students work in groups to complete practical activities with Year 10 students completing their Authentic Assessment Task. In Year 9 students can attend an excursion to Wet'n'Wild Sydney.
As Mathematics is a subject which builds on previous knowledge it is advisable for students to practise skills learned as part of their homework. In the Senior School a variety of Mathematics courses are available:
Mathematics General Preliminary (Year 11) (2 unit)
Mathematics General 2 (Year 12), ATAR
Mathematics General 1 (Year 12), Non-ATAR
Mathematics (2 unit)
Mathematics Extension 1
Mathematics Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
All of the above courses are solid and generally not suited for students with standard mathematics background in the junior school. There are alternatives on the Mathematics Line in Year 11. Some of these contain work involving everyday Mathematics.