Mathematics education is an integral part of career and personal development. It can enhance understanding of our world and is essential for informed citizenship and all career pathways.

Through a deep understanding of mathematics, individuals can learn about economics, society and politics in a mathematically oriented society.

The aim of the Mathematics course at Bray Park State High School is to provide students with a pathway to success by achieving their maximum potential.

## Junior Secondary

The Year 7, 8 and 9 mathematics courses at Bray Park SHS High have adopted the Australian Curriculum as outlined on the ACARA website. Students will complete a course of study in the strands of Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry, and Probability & Statistics.

There is a strong emphasis on co-operative learning activities and students taking responsibility for their learning through setting learning targets within each topic and performing regular self-evaluation and reflection. Students will be exposed to and expected to regularly use a range of computational methods from mental calculation strategies through to calculator (computer) assisted calculation and problem solving techniques.

## Senior School

Students studying Year 10 Mathematics will have 2 pathways. Most classes will study the core ACARA program with a select group of students undertaking 10 Math Extension, and study additional materials in class to prepare them for a future pathway in Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and tertiary studies.

In years 11 and 12 this faculty offers 4 subjects designed to cater for the range of abilities and interests of our students. The general (ATAR) subjects are General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics (elective). It must be noted that it is not possible to study Specialists Mathematics without also studying Mathematical Methods.

The other subjects offered is Essential Mathematics which is an essential subject (non-ATAR) which caters for students wishing to enhance their numeracy skills but who are not seeking tertiary studies in Mathematics.

## Faculty Enrichment Programs

Supportive Mathematics tutorials are available for students on Wednesday afternoons in the Resource Centre from 3-4 pm. The tutorial sessions are supported by dedicated Mathematics Teachers volunteering their time to support our students.

Numeracy Week is celebrated each year, in collaboration with Literacy Week. Various numeracy activities are offered, including the annual Number Facts Bee.

Students are offered opportunities to be involved in National Mathematics competitions, including the Australian Mathematics Competition, and the International Mathematical Modelling Challenge.

## Contact

Head of Department

Wayne Prout

wprou1@eq.edu.au

or 3881 6666