Mathematics

The Mathematics curriculum aims to develop students' mathematical thinking, understanding, competence and confidence in the application of mathematics, their creativity, enjoyment and appreciation of the subject, and their engagement in lifelong learning.

The subjects currently offered by the Mathematics faculty include:

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YEAR 7 & 8 - Mandatory

  • Stage 4 - A consolidation of primary skills and preparation for the Stage 5 course
  • Project work in Term 4 is based on an educational excursion to Yr 8 Luna Park

YEAR 9 & 10 - Mandatory

The Stage 5 course provides several endpoints for the continuum of learning in mathematics. While all students are expected to achieve the outcomes of the Stage 5.1 level, a majority will proceed to master the outcomes at the 5.2 level and, of these, a selection will continue to achieve success in the 5.3 level.

  • Stage 5.1 Foundational mathematics for students not continuing to Stage 6 mathematics
  • Stage 5.2 Intermediary mathematics for students wishing to attempt the Mathematics General course in Stage 6.
  • Stage 5.3 A more indepth course preparing students for the Mathematics and Extension courses in Stage 6.

YEAR 11 & 12 - Higher School Certificate Courses

  • Mathematics General
  • Mathematics (Extension 1 & Extension 2)

Teaching and learning in mathematics involves technology at all stages. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their knowledge using various forms of assessment. Assessment tasks include off-site assignments, computer research projects, production of instructional games as well as formal examinations. Students are encouraged to subscribe to the Maths online program to assist them in their home learning and comprehension.

Competitions for talented mathematicians

Students are encouraged to enter a range of mathematics competitions, according to their ability.  Excellent results have been achieved in competitions such as:

  • maths_olympiad_2014UNSW ICAS competition
  • Australian Mathematics Competition
  • Australian Intermediated Mathematics Olympiad. 

Support for students who find mathematics difficult

A range of strategies are adopted to assist students who find mathematics challenging.
These include:

  • Maths Online – online learning support which includes animations to assist students. Students may subscribe for a small cost to have this available at home as well as at school.
  • Adapted curriculum – as mathematics involves a continuum of learning, students are assessed for their progress and the pace and method of delivery are adapted accordingly. Lessons may also include additional use of concrete materials and active learning strategies.

Primary school enrichment

The Mathematics faculty is actively involved in providing enrichment opportunities to visiting primary school students. Middle school students from KCAHS mentor primary school students in a range of activities both in and outside the classroom.

 

Welcome

As a smaller secondary school located in Northern Turramurra in Northern Sydney, Ku-ring-gai High School is able to offer a very personalised and individual approach to supporting student learning and achievement. Often called “the best kept secret on the North Shore” due to our size and outstanding academic results, our school is located on the edge of the very beautiful Ku-ring-gai National Park - a short 12 minute bus ride from Turramurra Station. We have a wide drawing area with the opportunity for students from outside that area to apply for enrolment. Our focus is on creativity, innovation and challenge. Ku-ring-gai is a comprehensive co-educational high school offering the same curriculum as all secondary schools in NSW and enhanced by a special structure which allows for a creativity stream. This Talent Enrichment Program (TEP) offers students who are gifted, talented or interested in creative or performing arts, sports, technology or design options, the opportunity to choose extra classes, often with tutors or coaches to engage them and further develop their skills and interests.

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Our innovative and creative approach to education has seen the school well placed to implement the educational changes needed to enable students to meet the challenges faced by 21st century learners.

Ku-ring-gai fosters strong educational connections with local primary schools through our year 5 and 6 Enrichment Day Program as well as Project Based interactive learning activities. Our partnership with the NS5- North Shore Secondary Public Schools has resulted in an increased choice of curriculum and extra curricular subjects for students including leadership days, sports gala days, Duke of Edinburgh, debating and public speaking competitions. Our P&C is active in supporting our educational programs and the updating of resources including our tennis courts and basketball courts. We have an artificially surfaced full hockey pitch with change rooms and lighting located within our grounds. Our fully flood lit soccer fields are used by the Northern District Football Association.

Addressing issues of student engagement and well-being is an important part of our culture. Support programs are offered over the year to students and parents and include such programs as the "Big Fish Little Fish" Program to assist students and parents in the transition from Primary School to High School. The “Managing HSC Stress“ has been particularly helpful to our year 12 students and their families. A strong student support team assists students with learning difficulties.

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Small personal morning teas are held a couple of times per term where families meet the Principal and have a school tour. This allows families to see the school in operation and to meet with teachers and students in an informal climate.

Ms Terri-Anne Kamasz
Principal
BA. Dip Ed. Hon. Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders

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Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School
403 Bobbin Head Rd,
Turramurra North 2074
Phone: 9144 3477 or 9144 7617
Fax: 9983 9331

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