The Australian Curriculum in Mathematics was officially launched in 2012, St Andrew's introduced the National Curriculum to Year 7 in 2011, and extended this to Years 8, 9 & 10 in 2012.
We are in the fortunate position of having had Year 7 as part of the secondary school since its inception; thus the changes we have had to make to existing curriculum have been relatively minor.
The Year 11 cohort in 2019 will be taking part in the new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system that sees a shift from the Overall Position (OP) tertiary entrance rank to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
One of the significant changes from this shift is that Mathematics is no longer compulsory in Year 11 (and Year 12 from 2020 onwards). As such, senior students must meet the numeracy requirements for the QCE through either completing a semester elective in Year 10 – Short Course Numeracy or completing one of 4 available Math courses.
The Mathematics subjects are outlined below.
Is an applied subject that can count towards your ATAR.
Suited to students who are interested in pathways with minimal mathematics content. May lead to employment in the fields of trade, industry, business and community services.
Designed for students who want to extend their mathematical skills beyond Year 10 but whose future studies or employment pathways do not require high level Mathematics. It incorporates a practical approach that equips learners for their needs as future citizens.
Designed for students who enjoy the challenge of higher level Math. Can establish a basis for further education and employment in the fields of natural and physical sciences, education, medical and health sciences, engineering, computer science, psychology and business.
Must be taken in conjunction with Mathematical Methods. Designed for students who have an aptitude for very high level Mathematics. Gain an appreciation of the true nature of mathematics, its beauty and its power.
All students in Year 12 must choose one of the following Mathematics courses, regardless of their OP eligibility:
Events & Competitions
Students from Years 7-12 have the opportunity to take part in competitions, both within the school and in the wider community.
We enter teams from Year 7-12 in the Sunshine Coast Mathematics Tournament, a whole day event involving around thirty schools from the region.
Year 7 & 8 Teams also compete in the Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers competition.
Many students sit the ICAS Mathematics Competition. Whilst it is a competition, our focus is on using the results diagnostically to identify trends in overall strengths and weaknesses of each cohort. This information informs and drives change to the way we address teaching each cohort.