Welcome to all visitors to the Mathematics Faculty web page for 2020. This year sees the continuation of all Australian Curriculum programs from Years 7 to 11, and the first year that Year 12 will be operating under the New Senior Curriculum system in Queensland. This will see many students exit Year 12 with an ATAR score, along with their QCE, as opposed to the previous OP system. Other extra-curricula Maths events this year include the Australian and ICAS Maths Competitions, the Maths Team Challenge, the Year 7/8 QAMT Maths quiz, and the USQ Year 9/10 Maths Enrichment Days.
The Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 Mathematics courses at Centenary Heights State High have adopted the Australian Curriculum as outlined on the ACARA website. Students will complete a uniform course of study in the strands of Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry, and Probability & Statistics. There is a strong emphasis on co-operative learning activities and students taking responsibility for their learning through setting learning targets within each topic and performing regular self-evaluation and reflection. Students will be exposed to and expected to regularly use a range of computational methods from mental calculation strategies through to calculator (computer) assisted calculation using the best available technologies.
This year will see the continuation of our staff training in Yumi Deadly Maths - a program designed to help teachers develop hands-on teaching strategies and foster greater engagement in Mathematics. Already a number of these strategies can be seen across the school in a range of Mathematics classes.
There are opportunities for mathematically gifted students to extend their learning through the extension concepts embedded within each topic and participation in a range of national and regional competitions.
Extensive support is also in place to assist those students needing learning support in Mathematics. In the early part of Year 7, while we get to know our new students, that support will take the form of in-class teacher-aide support and a Maths program adapted to the student's individual needs. Identified Year 9 students can do the subject Maths Foundation where they focus on the essential skills needed to improve their confidence and performance in Mathematics. Year 10 students needing support will do Maths Foundation, as well as doing the Essential Maths Taster in Semester 2, to assist them in their work readiness pathway moving into Years 11 and 12. Talk to Ms Rachael Mayers (Learning Facilitation Coordinator) for more information if you wish your child to be considered for any of these options and they haven't already been invited.
This year sees the continuation of new Senior subjects, Essential Mathematics, and the three general subjects, General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, and Specialist Mathematics, into Year 12 for the first time.
Year 12 students in the three general Year 12 Mathematics subjects will be completing their course work and school assessment by Week 6 of Term 3. They will then undergo preparations for QCAA external exams happening mid-way through Term 4. For Year 12 Essential Maths school-based course work and assessment continues through to the end of Term 3.
In Year 11 and 12, students choosing to do Specialist Mathematics must also do Mathematical Methods as a second Mathematics subject. There are other combinations of Mathematics subjects that can be chosen if a student has a strong interest in the field of Mathematics and wishes to do more than one Maths subject in Senior, however approval needs to be granted following interview with a school guidance officer, Mr Jeff Head or Mrs Catherine Andress, and contact with myself for combinations outside the one mentioned above.
To help students prepare for these new Senior Mathematics subjects, they can opt to do Mathematics Taster subjects in the second semester of Year 10. This is an excellent way to experience what the Senior subjects will be like and to increase the chance of making appropriate subject selections for Senior, whilst still achieving the standards of the Year 10 Australian Curriculum. Year 10 students should talk more with their teachers if they would like further guidance as to which subject may be better suited to them as they move on to Senior.
Please contact me through the school office or via my email firstname.lastname@example.org should you require further information concerning Mathematics subjects, competitions, or anything relating to Maths and Numeracy.