Mathematics & Statistics
Mathematics is the means of looking at the patterns that make up our world and the intricate and beautiful ways in which they are constructed and realised. Numeracy is the means of making that knowledge useful.
Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly in Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making. As a subject in its own rights, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity, and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden connections suddenly manifest.
It enables pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships. These mathematical forms are widely used for modelling situations; a trend accelerated by computational technologies.
The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognized. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the World.
‘By studying mathematics and statistics, students develop the ability to think creatively, critically, strategically and logically. They learn to structure and to organize, to process and communicate information, and to enjoy intellectual challenge’. NZC p. 26
Girls involved in the maths mind competition as part of the annual Maths Week that runs in August each year.
Helpful Messages for Learning Mathematics
There are currently six members of the Maths faculty:
Christopher Niles, Curriculum Leader
Kylie Hill, Assistant Curriculum Leader
MATHS AT RGHS
|Year 9||Year 10||Year 11||Year 12||Year 13|
|Maths||Maths||Maths for Living||Maths B||Calculus|
|Maths with Statistics||Maths A||Statistics|
|Maths with Algebra|
The Junior Programme: Foundation Certificate in Educational Achievement (FCEA) and Junior Certificate in Educational Achievement (JCEA)
All Year 9 and 10 students follow a common programme of work and a series of common assessments. Students are assessed at Achieved, Merit and Excellence level.
The Senior Programme: NCEA Level 1 to Level 3
11 Maths with Living
This is a basic maths course that enables students to gain the 10 credits needed for the NCEA Level 1 Numeracy component, and the University Entrance Numeracy requirement. Some achievement standards may also be offered, on an individual basis. There is no future pathway in Mathematics from this course, unless students also successfully complete a number of the achievement standards.
11 Maths with Statistics
This is a standard Level 1 Maths course that offers one external examination. It contains elements of Mathematics and Statistics. It leads on to the 12 Maths B Course in Year 12.
11 Maths with Algebra
This is an academic course offering three external papers. It is suitable for students with an interest and flare for mathematics and leads on to higher level mathematics via the 12 Maths A course in Year 12.
12 Maths B
This is a standard Level 2 Maths Course that offers one external examination. It contains elements of mathematics and statistics. It leads on to the 13 Statistics Course in Year 13.
12 Maths A
This is an academic course offering three external papers. It is suitable for students with an interest and flare for mathematics and leads on to the 13 Maths and Calculus Course in Year 13.
This is a course of statistics and probability. There are two external papers in probability and four internal statistical reports. It is a university approved subject and is a useful course for future study in the Sciences and Social Sciences
This is a rigorous academic course of study with three external papers worth a total of 17 credits. It is a university approved subject and is a pre-requisite for mathematics, engineering and many science degree courses.