Killarney Heights High School

Respect Connect Aspire

Telephone02 9451 7005

Emailkillarney-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Mathematics

Learning mathematics is fun, it forces your brain to grow - maths education is about connecting with students and teaching real skills that are significant, engaging and meaningful.

Faculty Goals

1.      make learning maths exciting and fun

2.      maximise student learning and potential

3.      high achievement in a team environment

 

“The value of a problem is not so much coming up with the answer as in the ideas and attempted ideas it forces on the would be solver.”

I.N. Herstein

 

The study of mathematics is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10. 

It is the goal of the mathematics department that we:

  • reflect compassion in our dealings with students and staff in order to promote the dignity of each person
  • promote an environment in our classrooms where students feel a sense of belonging and a sense of control and responsibility for their learning
  • help develop our students ability to think critically, objectively and creatively
  • provide our students with the necessary skills, or give them a foundation which can be built on, to solve mathematically based problems they may encounter now, and later in their lives
  • adequately prepare our students for the further study of mathematics by making sure that we follow programs and that the programs cover all board os studies syllabus outcomes and content
  • encourage our students to value learning.

Courses offered

The courses offered at our school are:

  • Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8) mathematics
  • Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) mathematics: Pathway 5.1, Pathway 5.2, Pathway 5.3
  • Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) mathematics: Standard Mathematics, Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2

 

7-12 Mathematics progression flow chart

Investigations

Students studying all mathematics courses complete an investigation assessment task that allows their teachers to provide opportunities to gather evidence about the achievement of a range of outcomes, the students ability to work mathematically and the demonstrating of knowledge and skills in different ways. In our investigations students use technology to investigate, organise and interpret information in a range of contexts. Our students prepare reports and communicate using mathematical language, notation, diagrams and graphs.

 

 

 

Staff Members

Mrs. Faye Belson

Mr. Patrick Lomax (Head Teacher)

Mr. George Morkos

Mrs. Paula Morris

Mr. Kurt Schwab

Mrs. Meenakshi Sharda

Ms. Lisa Trafford

Mr. Sam Willard (2IC)