Mathematics & Statistics
Mathematics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in quantities, space and time. Statistics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in data. These two disciplines are related, but they present different ways of thinking and of solving problems. Both disciplines equip students with effective means for investigating, interpreting, explaining and making sense of the world in which they live.
By studying Mathematics and Statistics, students develop the ability to think creatively, critically, strategically and logically. They learn to structure and to organise, to carry out procedures flexibly and accurately, to process and communicate information, and to enjoy intellectual challenge. This subject teaches them to create models and predict outcomes, to conjecture, to justify and verify and to seek patterns and generalisations. Students learn to estimate using reason, calculate with precision and understand when results are precise and when they must be interpreted with uncertainty.
Mathematics and Statistics offer a broad range of practical applications in everyday life, in other learning areas and in workplaces. Success in Mathematics will provide students with greater choice for future study and career options.
Years 7 to 10
Mathematics and Statistics are structured in three strands: Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, and Statistics. Classes in Years 7 to 9 are banded by ability.
Students who have completed an advanced course in Mathematics in Year 9 may be invited to undertake NCEA Level 1 in Year 10.
Our Year 7 and 8 programme includes the use of Mathletics, an online learning programme, and we continue to review resources and look at ways to incorporate new technology which will enhance the teaching and learning of Mathematics. In Year 9 and 10, students use an online learning programme, e-text books and exercise books.
Years 11 to 13
Mathematics is compulsory in Year 11 and highly recommended in Year 12. Mathematics courses are structured as per the diagram 'Maths Course Structure 2016' under Resources.
Mathematics results in 2015 were strong. External examination results were very pleasing will all courses performing at least as well as other decile 8-10 boys' schools and in most cases significantly better. Maori and Pasifika students also tend to perform above those in similar schools. It is a goal to maintain high pass rates and to continue to improve the rate of Merit and Excellence grades.
Students who are sufficiently motivated and able may choose to enter Scholarship examinations. These students are supported by Senior staff who offer additional clinics and individual assistance to support learning at this level. Ten students gained Statistics Scholarships in 2013, two of which were an Outstanding Scholarship. Two students gained Calculus Scholarships. In 2014 there were six Statistics Scholarships, one at Outstanding, and two Scholarships in Calculus, one at Outstanding. In 2015 there were five Statistics Scholarships and two in Calculus. Two students also completed university papers attaining A+ grades in 2016.
The Department runs a Maths Clinic which is held in K13 every Wednesday lunchtime. Students are encouraged to come along to receive personalised help; also they may come along and do their homework.
Selected students are entered into a range of Mathematics competitions. As a College, we run a House Mathex competition, and enter selected teams into the Auckland Mathex competition where speed and problem-solving abilities are combined.
"It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well"
Rene Descartes (1596 – 1650)
The Mathematics Department Staff
|Mrs Susan Hurring||Head of Department |
|Mrs Mary Graham||Assistant Head of Department|
Director of Curriculum and Assessment
|Mrs Rachel Vaughan ||Assistant Head of Department|
|Mr Bernard Liddington || |
|Mrs Linda van Zyl || |
|Mr Richard Knight|| |
|Mr T S Wong || |
|Ms Rachelle Roxburgh|| |
|Mrs Tiffany de Jager || |
|Br Gerard Mahony || |
|Ms Priscilla Singh||Year 8 Course Co-ordinator |
|Mrs Carol Young||Year 7 Course Co-ordinator|