Teachers: Mr David Hobson, Mrs Heather Kingston, Mr Anthony Hibbard
Mathematics is a reasoning and creative activity employing abstraction and generalisation to identify, describe and apply patterns and relationships. It is a significant part of the cultural heritage of many diverse societies. The symbolic nature of mathematics provides a powerful, precise and concise means of communication. Mathematics incorporates the processes of questioning, reflecting, reasoning and proof. It is a powerful tool for solving familiar and unfamiliar problems both within and beyond mathematics. As such, it is integral to scientific and technological advances in many fields of endeavour. In addition to its practical applications, the study of mathematics is a valuable pursuit in its own right, providing opportunities for originality, challenge and leisure.
The study of mathematics provides opportunities for students to learn to describe and apply patterns and relationships; reason, predict and solve problems; calculate accurately both mentally and in written form; estimate and measure; and interpret and communicate information presented in numerical, geometrical, graphical, statistical and algebraic forms. Mathematics provides support for concurrent learning in other key learning areas and builds a sound foundation for further mathematics education.
Students will have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of mathematics and its applications in their everyday lives and in the worlds of science, technology, commerce, the arts and employment. The study of the subject enables students to develop a positive self-concept as learners of mathematics, obtain enjoyment from mathematics, and become self-motivated learners through inquiry and active participation in challenging and engaging experiences.
The ability to make informed decisions, and to interpret and apply mathematics in a variety of contexts, is an essential component of studentsí preparation for life in the twenty-first century. To participate fully in society students need to develop the capacity to critically evaluate ideas and arguments that involve mathematical concepts or that are presented in mathematical form.
Mathematics as part of the curriculum
Mathematics is compulsory for Year 7-10 and is streamed in each class according to individuals ability levels. General Mathematics, 2 Unit, 3 Unit and 4 Unit Mthematics are offered in Year 11 and 12.
Recommended homework hours
Year 7-8 should spend approximately 1-2 hours per week on mathematics homework. Year 9-10 should spend approximately 2-3 hours per week and Year 11-12 should spend approximately 3-4 hours per week.