Our key academic objective for Mathematics students is that they are challenged, but not overwhelmed. At St. Joseph’s College, we use PAT testing and NAPLAN data to determine entry points for students, allowing us to design curriculum pathways which meet the needs of students based on where they are at. These analytical tools are also used to measure growth over the course of the year. Students track their own progress against the Victorian Curriculum standards using their Personal Learning Passport.
In Year 7 a core group of teachers work in teams to better meet the needs of students. From Year 8 to 10 students choose the level of Maths they want to work at, to ensure they are working in their zone of proximal development. Students have the opportunity to develop problems solving skills and enter national Mathematics competitions. All year 7-10 students use Cambridge Hotmaths, which includes a variety of interactive online Maths learning allowing for increased student engagement.
At the VCE level St. Joseph’s offers Further Mathematics, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics allowing students to study a Maths commensurate with their ability and interest, whilst preparing them for a wide range of vocations and university courses.