Mathematics at Aquinas is fun and fulfilling with all levels catered for, so that all students get the opportunity to improve their mathematical skills in an enjoyable environment.
For our more able students the top classes are streamed to give them the best opportunity to be challenged by their peers. They will also be exposed to external competitions such as the Australian Maths Competition, Maths Challenge and Enrichment programs as well as World of Maths, combining both fun and academic prowess.
A range of computing skills are explicitly taught in the Years 7-10 Mathematics Course. Areas of study related to space, time and measurement lend themselves to the use of the extensive computer facilities in the College. Students build on these skills in their junior years and apply them in Years 11 and 12 when they study higher level algebra and trigonometry.
Mathematics is used to identify, describe and apply patterns and relationships. It provides a precise means of communication and is a powerful tool for solving problems both within and beyond mathematics. In addition to its practical applications, the study of mathematics is a valuable pursuit in its own right, providing opportunities for originality, challenge and leisure.
The aim of Mathematics in K–10 is to develop students’ mathematical thinking, understanding, competence and confidence in the application of mathematics, their creativity, enjoyment and appreciation of the subject, and their engagement in lifelong learning. For the more able students we have enrichment programs and competitions to fully explore their mathematical potential. For the students who are struggling with their Mathematics there are always plenty of willing staff to offer help and guidance. As our classes are streamed across the entire range, all students will have the chance to work alongside students of similar ability.
What will students learn about
Students study Number, Patterns and Algebra, Data, Measurement, Space and Geometry. Within each of these strands they will cover a range of topics including:
What will students learn to do?
Students learn to ask questions in relation to mathematical situations and their mathematical experiences; develop, select and use a range of strategies, including the use of technology, to explore and solve problems; develop and use appropriate language and representations to communicate mathematical ideas; develop and use processes for exploring relationships, checking solutions and giving reasons to support their conclusions; and make connections with their existing knowledge and understanding and with the use of mathematics in the real world.
In 2018 Aquinas Catholic College is undertaking a new student information system called Compass.
Aquinas Catholic College Menai is a co-educational, Years 7-12, Catholic High school, established in 1993. The present accommodation includes the Administration Building, College library, general classrooms and the full range of specialist rooms.
College Dux Jimmy Arfanis
HSC subjects above state average
Band 6's / E4's
Band 5's / E3's
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