Congratulations to the class of 2016 who successfully navigated their study of senior Mathematics to achieve some outstanding results. Some highlights were:
- Sophie Ramsay placing equal 14th in the state for Mathematics General with a mark of 98.
- In Mathematics General 71% of the students achieved a result in the top two bands compared to 26% of the state.
- In Mathematics (2 unit) 75% of the students achieved a result in the top two bands compared to 52% of the state.
- 85% of the Year 11 Accelerants achieved a Band 6 in Mathematics.
- Mathematics Extension 1 and Extension 2 students achieved results that contributed very positively towards their ATAR.
It is important that students continue to challenge themselves and attempt the higher mathematics courses in their senior years. The calculus based courses: Mathematics (2 Unit), Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 involve the development of deductive and inductive reasoning skills and understanding of proof, the ability to interpret and use mathematical models, and the ability to make more advanced generalisations, with increasing levels of communication and literacy. These courses are a good foundation for many university courses. The University of Sydney has made the decision that for 2019 admissions and beyond, students applying for a number of courses will be required to have achieved at least a Band 4 in HSC Mathematics (2 Unit). This will directly affect students currently in Year 11 and all subsequent cohorts. For a full list of courses impacted by the change, please visit here.
Students in Years K-12 will continue to have access to the website www.mathletics.com.au, students from 3-10 have access to the website www.hotmaths.com.au and students from 7-12 have access to the website www.mathsonline.com.au. Year 11 and 12 Mathematics General also have complimentary access to Hotmaths. These websites are of great support to students, particularly for revision and students have been given their logins for these sites. These sites have tutorials, interactives, worksheets, worked examples and questions on each of the topic areas. The students will be able to access these sites at home and at school and are encouraged to use them regularly.
This year students in Years 7-10 will again use online Mathematics textbooks via Learning Field. This will enable students to access a variety of texts and will allow teachers to personalise learning plans for their classes. We will continue to offer assistance to students at our Maths Help Room which is open every day from 1pm in J9. The room will be staffed by a different Maths teacher each day and all students are welcome to come along and ask about a homework question, a concept they are struggling with or for some assistance in preparation for assessments.
The mathematics staff will be focusing on using feedback to improve students’ critical thinking and communication of mathematics. There will be emphasis placed on the analysis of information and students will be encouraged to express their mathematical ideas in a precise and concise manner. The mathematics staff are looking forward to working with your daughters this year, and hope that they enjoy their study of Mathematics.
Jo Meagher (Mrs)