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Mathematics is a unique and powerful
way of viewing the world to investigate patterns, order, generality and uncertainty. Mathematics assists individuals to make meaning of their world. The use of mathematics empowers individuals to distill the essence of life experiences into universally true abstractions and, at the same time, to apply these abstract ideas to interpret new situations in the real world.

Courses offered

Middle school mathematics

Mathematics for middle school is based on the Australian Curriculum ensuring strong links are made between the various components of mathematics and its application to other disciplines. The subject is composed of multiple but interrelated and interdependent concepts and systems which students apply beyond the mathematics classroom.
Noosa District State High School ensures that all students benefit from access to the power of mathematical reasoning and learn to apply their mathematical understanding creatively and efficiently. The mathematics curriculum provides students with carefully paced, in-depth study of critical skills and concepts. Our educational purpose is to encourage students to become self-motivated, confident learners through inquiry by providing opportunities for active participation in challenging and engaging experiences.

Authority subjects

An authority subject is based on syllabuses that have been approved and issued by QSA. The results of these subjects count toward the calculation of OPs which are used by the tertiary sector as selection criteria.

Mathematics A

Mathematics A emphasises the development of positive attitudes towards the student’s involvement in mathematics. This development is encouraged through the use of relevant personal and work-related learning experiences. There is also a focus on the development of mathematical knowledge and understanding through investigative and explorative approaches to learning. These approaches provide opportunities to work collaboratively and cooperatively in teams as well as individually.
By the end of this course, students should develop:
  • an appreciation of the value of mathematics to the lifelong learner
  • sound number sense and an ability to view and interpret the world from a quantitative perspective
  • the ability to recognise when situations in their everyday life can be dealt with through mathematical analysis and procedures, and be able to attempt such analysis or procedures with confidence and success
  • an awareness of the elements of chance which exist in some aspects of life and an ability to make decisions informed by this awareness
  • an ability to manage their financial affairs to empower them to make informed consumer decisions
  • an ability to visualise and represent spatial relationships in two and three dimensions
  • an ability to comprehend mathematical information which is presented in a variety of forms to become informed and critical citizens. 

Mathematics B

Mathematics B aims to provide the opportunity for students to participate more fully in lifelong learning. It is recommended for students wishing to pursue further study and training at tertiary level.
By the end of this course, students should develop:
  • broad mathematical knowledge and skills
  • the ability to recognise when problems are suitable for mathematical analysis and solution, and be able to attempt such analysis and solve problems with confidence
  • an awareness of the uncertain nature of their world and be able to use mathematics to help make informed decisions in life-related situations
  • an understanding of the diverse applications of mathematics
  • an ability to comprehend mathematical information which is presented in a variety of forms
  • an ability to communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms
  • an ability to use mathematical procedures to justify conclusions
  • an ability to benefit from the availability of a wide range of technologies
  • an ability to choose and use mathematical instruments appropriately
  • positive attitudes to the learning and practice of mathematics.

Mathematics C 

Mathematics C is a 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 (in particular in the study of vectors, matrices and calculus), and to provide further opportunity for students to participate more fully in lifelong learning. Mathematics C is recommended for students wishing to pursue further study and training at tertiary level.
By the end of this course, students should develop:
  • broad mathematical knowledge and skills
  • the ability to recognise when problems are suitable for mathematical analysis and solution, and be able to attempt such analysis and solve problems with confidence
  • an awareness of the uncertain nature of their world and be able to use mathematics to help make informed decisions in life-related situations
  • an understanding of the diverse applications of mathematics
  • an ability to comprehend mathematical information which is presented in a variety of forms
  • an ability to communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms
  • an ability to use mathematical procedures to justify conclusions
  • an ability to benefit from the availability of a wide range of technologies
  • an ability to choose and use mathematical instruments appropriately
  • positive attitudes to the learning and practice of mathematics. 

Authority-registered subjects

An authority-registered subject is has been approved by the QSA and includes substantial vocational and practical components. The results of these subjects do not count toward the calculation of an OP.

Prevocational mathematics

This subject is designed to improve student numeracy by applying mathematics to real-life applications. Students develop confidence as they successfully make meaning of mathematics. Students are required to study 5 topics - number, data, location and time, measurement and finance. Each of these topics is embedded in various learning contexts designed to have relevance to students and significance in vocation. The subject provides a supportive, enjoyable and non-competitive environment where students can develop a positive attitude toward the use of mathematics.

Mathematics competitions

Many competitions are held throughout the year and well done to those students who have participated and achieved success in them. The school is represented by many teams who compete in the QAMT, ICAS and the Sunshine Coast Mathematics competitions. 
 
 
Head of Department

 

Brad Patten​ ​ David Whittaker ​  Barry O'Sullivan ​      Luke Lanham

 

Janet Browne
Cathy Eden Katrina Holewa
Sharon Olsen

 

 

 

Luke Quinlivan   Graeme Rogers Glenn Brown
Karen Phillips
Teacher-Aide​ ​
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