Curriculum

Mathematics

Mathematics at The Cathedral College is an integral part of a general education. It can enhance understanding of our world and the quality of our participation in a rapidly changing society.

The Mathematics Department is an innovative and motivated team which recognises the need for meaningful inquiry and discovery learning. Studying Mathematics subjects can lead to careers in Engineering, Meteorology, Radiology, Optometry and many more.

In Year 7, 8 and 9, Mathematics assists young people to be active, thinking citizens interpreting the world mathematically and using Mathematics to help form their predictions and decisions about personal and financial priorities.

Students in Year 10 may select from Mathematics B which is geared to prepare students for Mathematics B and C in the Senior School or Mathematics A which will allow students to select Prevocational Mathematics or Mathematics A in the Senior School. Students who have studied foundations are able study Year 10 Prevocational Mathematics which is a direct pathway to Senior Prevocational Mathematics.

The Mathematics Department is involved in a number of competitions throughout the year. These include the QAMT Problem Solving competition, Mathematics Teams Challenge and the Year 8 competition.

In the Senior School (Year 11 and 12), the Mathematics Department currently offers Prevocational Mathematics which is designed to help students improve their numeracy by building their confidence and success in making meaning of Mathematics. Mathematics A relates to the Mathematics used in personal and work situations. There is a focus on knowledge and understanding through investigation and problem solving based learning. Mathematics B provides the students with unique and powerful ways of viewing the world to investigate patterns, generality and uncertainty, use inductive and deductive reasoning or create an activity with its own intrinsic value, involving invention, intuition and exploration. Mathematics C is the companion subject to Mathematics B. It aims to extend the competency and confidence of students in Mathematics beyond the scope of Mathematics B, to build on and combine many of the concepts introduced in Mathematics B and to provide further opportunities for students to participate more fully in lifelong mathematical learning.

Across all year levels, the Mathematics Department is committed to providing inspiring, active and relevant educational opportunities in the challenging learning environment.