Mathematics

Mathematics is a broad and challenging intellectual pursuit. It is also the universal language that helps us to describe and make sense of the world. Students who are numerate - those who possess well-developed mathematical skills and the confidence to apply them – are best equipped to engage in all aspects of modern life. Indeed, good numeracy has been described as “the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health.”    Andreas Schleicher, OECD

Learning Opportunities:

All students from year 7-10 study the Australian Curriculum in year level classes. Each class is taught by a teacher with University training in Mathematics and/or Science. The collaborative approach of the Mathematics Department ensures that all students enjoy the same high quality pedagogy, learning tasks and assessment opportunities.

Technology is used strategically in these classes to enhance instruction and investigation, stimulate student interest, individualise tuition and expedite feedback. The computer–based training system, Maths Online, is a key support to classroom teaching across the College. In addition to providing content mapped to the Australian Curriculum, it contains video-audio lessons perfect for home study.

Students in Year 9 and 10 are also introduced to the Casio Classpad Graphing Calculator. Aside from being a valuable aide to classroom learning, familiarity with the graphing calculator is advantageous for any student intending to study a pre-tertiary mathematics subject in year 11 or 12.

Students who are particularly able or conscientious have the opportunity to further develop their problem-solving and algorithmic abilities using the Australian Mathematics Trust GetSet training programme, and ultimately test their abilities in the Australian Mathematics Competition.

Students of all ages who require extra assistance - be it of a remedial nature, extension or consolidation - are able to attend a weekly tutorial after school. These sessions are always staffed by Mathematics teachers and are free of charge.

Elective courses in Years 9 and 10:

 9/10 Numeracy:  Students who opt for this course are intending to become better and more confident Mathematicians. They will be given opportunities to improve their computation skills, review areas of difficulty and extend / consolidate their year level mathematics study.

 9 Extended: This course is designed for students who intend to study a pre-tertiary Mathematics Course in Year 11. It consolidates and extends the Year 9 Australian Curriculum, enabling students to cover key content from Year 10. It has a particular focus on practical mathematical investigations.

 10 Mathematics Methods:  This is a senior secondary subject, designed and administered by The Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification. It is a pre-tertiary level 3 subject, and as such, students who choose this elective will have their internal assessments moderated against an externally assessed and administered examination. It is a fantastic opportunity for capable mathematics students to experience the full rigours of a pre-tertiary subject, prior to Year 11. It is also a pre-requisite for the study of Mathematics Methods (level 4).