Bankstown Girls High School

Semper Optime (Always the best)

Telephone02 9709 6788

Emailbankstowng-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Mathematics

The study of mathematics is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10. 

In Year 11 and 12, the study of mathematics is optional. Courses offered include:

  • Mathematics Extension 2 (Year 12 only)
  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Mathematics Advanced
  • Mathematics Standard 2
  • Mathematics Standard 1 (Optional HSC examination)
  • Mathematics Life Skills.

By studying mathematics, students learn to work mathematically – developing fluency, understanding, problem-solving, reasoning and communication skills.

The syllabus consists of the following strands:

  • number and algebra
  • measurement and geometry
  • statistics and probability.

An exciting year is planned for our Mathematics students with the continuation of Mathletics in Years 7 to 10 and the introduction of the problem solving activities in the refurbished Maths Lab (Room 38). All students will be issued with their 2011 Mathletics Username and Password and will be allocated time in class to work on these internet-based interactive activities. Students have the option of reinforcing skills taught in class by engaging in Mathletics at home.

I would like to welcome Mrs Rounis and Miss Haselden who will be teaching a number of mathematics classes in our faculty, along with Mr Mustapha, Mr Yilmazlar, Mr Karrim and Mr Carthew.

Most students have started the year off well, however it is essential that all students are prepared for their maths lessons. Students require a mathematics exercise/grid book, a scientific calculator, which may be purchased at the front office, pens, pencils, ruler and a geometry set. We advise that exercise books are covered for extra protection.

Textbooks are in the process of being issued, and once again I ask for your assistance with students returning textbooks issued in 2010. If your daughter has not returned her textbook from last year or previous years, please take this opportunity to return these textbooks to the maths staff room.

Homework is an essential component in reinforcing and consolidating course work taught in class. Students will be allocated homework either as assigned exercises from their textbooks or worksheets. Homework is checked by the class teacher and all students are expected to complete this work.

Staff will be focussing on literacy in mathematics, particularly with students in Year 7 and 8. Wordlists and topic specific activities will be integrated into the teaching of all courses.

Assessment tasks, class tests, projects/assignments and problem solving tasks will commence shortly. Students have been issued with assessment schedules for each course and should follow school policies and procedures for these.

I look forward to a productive year.

Mrs Vicky Saisanas

Head Teacher, Mathematics