When studying Mathematics, students learn to use the concepts of number, measurement, chance and data, space and algebra to describe and understand their social and physical world.
Mathematics teaches students to become observant, interpret results and to draw general conclusions, all skills that are required in everyday life. Mathematical ideas have evolved across all cultures over thousands of years and are constantly developing. Digital technologies are facilitating this expansion of ideas and providing access to new tools for continuing mathematical exploration and invention.
The St Mary's Mathematics Department seeks to foster inquiring minds and enhance the students’ appreciation of the many benefits of studying Mathematics. Students who are talented in Mathematics have opportunities to participate in various enrichment activities. These include Mathematics Challenge, Have Sum Fun, Maths Olympiad and the annual Australian Mathematics Competition.
Years 7, 8, 9 and 10
Mathematics is a compulsory subject in Years 7 to 10. The content is divided into three content strands to reflect the Australian Curriculum. They are Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. We encourage students to solve problems within the context of these strands, as well as becoming proficient in mathematical understanding, and developing fluency with basic skills and calculations together with logical reasoning and analytical thought. Each year level is divided into courses and students are placed into courses that best suit their ability.
Years 11 and 12
In Years 11 and 12, students may choose courses that are relevant to their career aspirations and their interests.
Year 11 Mathematics Essential Units 1 & 2 (non-ATAR course)
Year 12 Mathematics Essential Units 3 & 4 (non-ATAR course)
Year 11 Mathematics Applications Units 1 & 2
Year 12 Mathematics Applications Units 3 & 4
Year 11 Mathematics Methods Units 1 & 2
Year 12 Mathematics Methods Units 3 & 4
Year 11 Mathematics Specialist Units 1 & 2
Year 12 Mathematics Specialist Units 3 & 4
Note that Mathematics Specialist must be taken in conjunction with Mathematics Methods and is not a stand-alone course.
Although Mathematics is not compulsory in Years 11 and 12, there are very few students who do not choose to further their mathematical knowledge.