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Mathematics

Mathematics is deeply embedded in modern society. From the numeracy skills required to manage personal finances, to making sense of data in various forms, to leading-edge technologies in the sciences and engineering, mathematics provides the framework for interpreting, analysing and predicting, and the tools for effective participation in an increasingly complex society.

At St. Clare’s High School Mathematics is graded across all years, in which students are placed in a class reflective of their ability. This enables high-achieving students to be further challenged, while giving students that find mathematical concepts more difficult to master greater access to the necessary help required to further improve.

Stage 4 Mathematics, Years 7 and 8, provides students with knowledge, skills and understanding in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, communication, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems relevant to their further education and everyday lives.

Stage 5 Mathematics, Years 9 and 10, provides different pathways for students to study and extend the knowledge and skills they have gained during Stage 4. In order to cater for the full range of learners, three specific pathways have been identified for Stage 5 Mathematics: Stage 5.3, Stage 5.2 and Stage 5.1

The Stage 5.3 course is the most difficult and students must have achieved the syllabus outcomes, up to and including 5.1 and 5.2 outcomes to be candidates for this course. This means that Stage 5.3 includes the knowledge and skills from Stage 5.2, and Stage 5.2 includes the knowledge and skills from Stage 5.1.

Stage 6 offers courses in the Preliminary and HSC year: Mathematics General 2, Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1. During the HSC year Mathematics General 1(Non-ATAR) is available to students who wish to follow a non-ATAR pathway and Mathematics Extension 2 is available to Extension 1 students who are excelling in their course or have the desire to study mathematics at the highest level.

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