A highly experienced and dedicated staff is committed to providing all students with a quality education in this important subject area, with a focus on developing the skills and confidence to work accurately on number-related everyday and Mathematics-specific problems.
Teaching programs based on the national curriculum are used to help develop the knowledge and skills appropriate to each student's level of ability, with curriculum differentiation employed where appropriate. Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their learning and use all available resources to improve their understanding. They are offered ongoing feedback, encouragement and challenge from their teachers, and are expected to persevere and strive to achieve to the best of their ability. Homework is given regularly for the purpose of consolidating the work from each lesson, while regular revision and study are encouraged to help achieve a consistent level of success in assessment tasks.
All students in Mathematics are required to bring a grid exercise book and a scientific calculator (pdf 44 KB) to every class. We recommend the Casio fx-82AU Plus II, which can be purchased for $20 from the front office. Students may also be requested to bring in a geometry set. Calculators and geometry equipment will not be lent to students during examinations.
In year 7, mixed ability classes give all students the opportunity to achieve to the best of their ability, with the aim of bringing all skills up to the stage 4 level as soon as possible. Talented students are given the opportunity to develop their skills further through extension activities in the classroom, and the
Pinnacle class undertakes extension tasks and the Mathematics Competition. Students who need further development of their basic skills are identified early and offered intensive assistance.
In year 8, classes are graded, with 8M1 given further extension opportunities, including select students participating in a talented students day. For those students who still require assistance to keep up with the main cohort, a modified curriculum is available.
In Year 7 & 8 we utilise an on line learning system to supplement classroom teaching, revision for exams and homework tasks. This system is called HotMaths. To access hotmaths follow this link: www.hotmaths.com.au. All students in Year 7 & 8 should be accessing Hotmaths to complete any teacher scheduled tasks on a weekly basis.
In years 9 and 10, classes are divided into 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 levels based on year 8 assessment. However, students are given regular opportunities to move between both classes and levels based on current performance.
In 2017 we have 30 students who are undertaking an accelerated program, whereby they will be completing Years 9 & 10 Mathematics in one year. The ultimate aim is to complete the HSC Mathematics examination in Year 11 in 2019.
In years 11 and 12, the Mathematics General 1 (non-ATAR), General 2, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 courses are all available, with a focus on thoroughly preparing students to achieve their best possible result in the HSC exam(s). Over an extended period of time, our students have achieved consistent success in all courses, with many making use of their skills and knowledge in this subject area in post-secondary education. In 2016 our Extension 2 class performed exceptionally well with the majority attaining the highest band.
In 2017 we will be trialling an online learning system for our senior students, this will give them access to an electronic textbook and a variety of revision and practice questions for the HSC.
Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC)
Over 100 MHS students take part in this non-mandatory competition, with a significant number achieving results at distinction level. In our opinion, the AMC is a strong measure of mathematical and problem-solving ability, as well as the level of student and staff motivation to achieve to the best of their ability no matter how high the challenge.
In 2017 we are again offering an elective Mathematics choice for our Year 10 students. Students with a particular interest and ability will have the opportunity to study different topics to the mandatory coursework. Including- Coastal Navigation, Matrices, Linear Programming, Functions and Mappings, Surveying. Students undertaking this elective will enhance their knowledge and skills in Mathematics in preparation for senior study.
Our MATHEMATICS / COMPUTING faculty for 2017:
N. Brennan (Head Teacher)