In the Mathematics Faculty, a shared language of learning is used to discuss the students’ learning and higher order thinking skills are promoted through teaching practices which develop deeper student understanding of mathematical concepts. The teaching of mathematics is enhanced through problemsolving contexts and enquiryoriented environments. The Australian Mathematics Competition is available for all Year 7 – 12 students to extend themselves.
The Year 9 Mathematics course includes a variety of learning experiences to support students to make connections between mathematics and its applications in a realworld context. Students will consolidate and expand their mathematical skills, extend reasoning and problemsolving skills, as well as be introduced to a variety of techniques to prepare themselves for assessment.
The course follows the Australian Curriculum and includes the following topics:
Throughout the year, major assessment tasks are varied, so that students develop a range of skills in the application of Mathematics to reallife situations. Assessments include tests, assignments, and application tasks. Classroom learning is structured to cater for students of varying strengths in mathematics and has planned components to support or extend students, as necessary. Student laptops are utilised in Mathematics and students are also introduced to the use of the TINspire CAS calculator. Students are expected to become proficient at using a variety of Mathematics programs and accessing resources.
Year 10 Mathematics has the following aims:
In Year 10 there are three options offered to students.
Year 10 Mathematics includes linear relations, geometry, indices, trigonometry, quadratic equations, measurement, parabolas and other graphs, probability, and statistics as per the Australian Curriculum.
Year 10 Advanced Mathematics is for students requiring extension in Mathematics. It includes all of the Year 10 Mathematics concepts plus Advanced content including geometry of circles, surds, trigonometry involving non rightangled triangles and logarithms and polynomials as per the Australian Curriculum.
General Mathematics is designed for students who do not require a high level of Mathematics for their future career paths. General Mathematics is an ideal preparation for General Mathematics, Units 3 and 4 in Year 12.
Areas of Study
Areas of Study
Mathematical Methods Units 1 and 2 may be taken alone or in conjunction with General Mathematics or Specialist Mathematics. Mathematical Methods, Units 1 and 2 contains the assumed knowledge and skills for Mathematical Methods, Units 3 and 4 which is usually attempted in Year 12. In Mathematical Methods, students are introduced to simple elementary functions of a single real variable, algebra, calculus, probability and statistics and their application in a variety of practical and theoretical contexts.
Areas of Study
Areas of Study
Specialist Mathematics is designed for more able students who want to study Specialist Mathematics in Year 12 or who want to develop a broader mathematical band as a preparation for Mathematical Methods Units, 3 and 4 in Year 12. Students choosing Specialist Mathematics must also choose Mathematical Methods Units, 1 and 2 in Year 11. In Specialist Maths, students take a course of study that with a focus on the indepth study of mathematics, with an emphasis on concepts, skills and processes related to mathematical structure, modelling, problem solving and reasoning.
Areas of Study
Areas of Study
In Foundation Maths there is a strong emphasis on the use of practical contexts encountered in everyday life in the community.
Areas of Study
Areas of Study
The following table gives some possible combinations of units for students who choose to continue with Mathematics at Units 3 and 4 level.
Year 10 
Year 11 
Year 12 
Year 10 Standard 
Foundation 1 & 2 
Foundation 3 & 4 
General 1 & 2 
General 3 & 4 

Year 10 Advanced 
General 1 & 2 
General 3 & 4 
Maths Methods 1 & 2 
Maths Methods 3 & 4 

Maths Methods 1 & 2 
General Maths 3 & 4 Maths Methods 3 & 4 

Maths Methods 1 & 2 Specialist Maths 1 & 2 
Maths Methods 3 & 4 Specialist Maths 3 & 4 