Mathematics

The purposes of teaching mathematics should be to develop those powers of appreciating, understanding and analysing relations of quantity and space which are necessary to an insight into and control over our environment, to lead the student to an appreciation of the progress of civilisation in its various aspects, and to develop those habits of thought and of action which make these powers effective in the life of the individual.

The Mathematics Faculty at St Paul’s is dedicated to improving the mathematical skills of all students. We provide opportunities for extension and enrichment activities as well as providing support for students with special learning needs.

Our aims are:

  1. To develop the student's ability to think logically - to analyse a complex situation, recognise the logical relations among interdependent factors, and be able to discover and state a generalisation that describes the relationship among objects under study.
  1. To teach appreciation of the beauty in the geometrical forms found in nature, art and industry.
  1. To teach appreciation of logical structure, precision of statement and thought and logical reasoning.
  1. To teach appreciation of the power of mathematics, the part it has played in the development of civilisation and in particular, that of science.

Our classroom practice is characterised by:

  1. Placing high value on :
    • recognising differences within and between individuals.
    • learning and the attainment of skills and knowledge.
    • inquiry as a learning strategy.
    • logical reasoning.
    • reflection and the pursuit of excellence.
  1. Encouraging achievement and enjoyment in learning.
  1. Rewarding achievement, encouraging positive self-esteem and ensuring that all students are treated in a manner which reflects their equal worth.
  1. Ensuring that opportunities exist for all students to participate in acquiring knowledge and skills.
  1. Encouraging critical thinking and collaborative learning.
  1. Establishing a non-prejudicial learning environment through gender inclusive language and learning materials, and avoiding gender and/or racial stereotyping.
  1. Providing varied and constructive activities which engage the variety of backgrounds existing within the student group.

Courses Offered:

Years 7 – 10         Mathematics
                           Mathematics Life Skills

Years 11-12          Standard Mathematics (1 & 2)
                           Mathematics (Advanced)
                           Mathematics Extension 1
                           Mathematics Extension 2
                           Mathematics Life Skills