The study of mathematics can help a person make a more significant contribution to the demands of an ever-increasingly technological society. It is essential that students leave school enthused by, and confident in, the use of mathematics.
Years 7 - 9
To develop and build their capabilities in the study of mathematics, all students study a common course at years 7 – 9. The course is fully differentiated with students pre and post tested for each topic and provided with work at their level. Based on individual student abilities and progress, extension work within the classroom is provided, and support is available at Year 7 by a Numeracy Aide.
All students undertake mathematics study in Year 10, and there are multiple pathways for divergent student interests and abilities. Students all complete Semester 1 of Core Mathematics and then can choose in Semester 2 to either continue with Core Mathematics or undertake Workplace Mathematics, depending on their interest and skills. A whole year subject, Extension Mathematics, is available and designed for students who plan to undertake Maths Methods in VCE.
The TI-Nspire CAS calculator is introduced to students at Year 10 and then continually used in Years 11 and 12.
VCE / VCAL
At VCE, Units 1 & 2 General Mathematics and Maths Methods (CAS) and Units 3 & 4 Further Maths, Maths Methods (CAS) and Specialist Maths are offered. VCAL students complete Foundation Maths Units 1 & 2.
The Maths program aims to enable students:
to gain the mathematical skills and knowledge required for daily life, employment, further study and interest
to interpret and communicate ideas involving logic and quantity
to appreciate the importance of mathematics in a technological society