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Peter O’Shaughnessy Head of Faculty, Mathematics

Mathematics is a unique and powerful way of viewing the world to investigate patterns, order, generality and uncertainty. Mathematics assists individuals to make meaning of their world. The use of mathematics allows individuals to analyse events using universally true abstractions and, at the same time, to apply these abstract ideas to interpret new situations in the real world.

All students study Mathematics in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 under the Australian Curriculum guidelines. This program provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. Classes in the Middle School are organised according to individual student progress. The curriculum caters for students of all ability levels and aims to prepare them for the skills required for basic numeracy as well as the fundamentals required for senior and tertiary study. In Year 10, students study a core course for the first semester, and then specialise into one of three electives in the second semester according to their skills and possible options in the senior school.

The senior school offers Authority subjects Maths A, B and C as well as the Authority Registered Prevocational Mathematics. This range of subjects is aimed at providing students with the necessary skills outside of school life.

Students can participate in the Annual Maths Teams Challenge involving Year 8, 9 and 10 teams from schools throughout the region, and a team of Year 8 students participates in the annual Year 8 QAMT team competition. After school maths tutorials are held each week on both campuses.

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