Mathematics & Statistics
Mathematics underpins everyday life and is the tool which helps us make sense of what is around us, from everyday commerce through to the high tech gadgets we use each day. Without it trade could not have developed and the industrial revolution would not have happened. It helps support many career pathways particularly in Commerce, Science and Technology areas.
Through the study of Mathematics, students develop their logical thinking, problem solving skills and analytical thinking.
In Year 9 and 10 we develop the key skills that help us understand the world around us. Number skills are honed and applied to real life situations. Measurement skills are enhanced to improve students’ concepts of area and volume. Algebra skills are developed to help generalise ideas and concepts and explain patterns. Geometry helps us appreciate symmetry and develop logical thought. Statistical investigations help to hone an understanding of data and how to analyse and interpret it.
Additional help is available in Year 9 and 10 for those that struggle with key mathematical skills and alternate pathways exist in the senior school to cater for all abilities.
From year 11 there are two pathways that students can choose. One is to support students through their 10 Numeracy credits required for level 1. The other is our new course, Pāngarau Waenganui, in which students will be academically mentored to create a course that suits them and their needs to further their mathematics.
In Year 13 students have the choice of three courses, Calculus, Statistics, and Mathematics with Statistics, with many of the more able students taking both Calculus and Statistics.
Many of the more able students take Calculus and one of the Statistics courses.