In Years 8 and 9, there are three different syllabuses, Course 1, Course 2 and Course 3. Course 1 is studied by the top 40% of Maths students, Course 2 by the next 40% of students and Course 3 by the next 20%. Course 3 is designed for students who experience difficulties with mathematical concepts and places emphasis on practical, life skill topics.
In Year 10 there are four courses. Course 1 in Year 9 is split into two courses in Year 10, Course 1A and Course 1B. The extra course is designed to give students greater opportunity in studying a course that meets their needs and abilities. Course 1A is designed for students who wish to study at the highest level in Years 11 and 12.
In Years 11 and 12, there are four courses, Specialist Maths, Mathematical Methods, Mathematical Applications and Maths General. The first three are tertiary type 2 courses. Specialist Maths is designed for the top 10% of our Maths students and can be studied as a double major, major minor or major. Mathematical Methods is a theoretical tertiary course while Mathematical Applications is an applied tertiary course. Both these courses can be studied as majors and are considered to be of equal academic rigour. Maths General is an accredited course which can be studied as a major.
Student assessment is varied. Besides the more traditional tests and assignments, students attempt open ended assignments, oral presentations and group work tasks.
Students in tertiary Maths courses in Years 11 and 12 must sit moderating tests so that marks from the three different courses can be equated on a common scale.
Mr Paul Maloney Tel: 6239 0639