Teaching & Learning

Mathematics

In following the College’s Mission to nurture the gifts of each individual, the Mathematics department caters for a variety of intellectual abilities offering Core, Extension and Advanced levels in the middle phase and Mathematics A, B and C in the senior school (Years 11 and 12). Special programs are readily accessible for gifted and talented students.

Mathematics is an integral part of a general education. It enhances both an understanding of the world and the quality of participation in a rapidly changing society. The range of career opportunities requiring an appropriate level of mathematical competence is rapidly expanding into such areas as health, environmental science, economics and management, while remaining crucial in such fields as the physical sciences, engineering, accounting, computer science and information technology areas.

Mathematics is also an excellent vehicle for the development and improvement of a person’s intellectual competence in logical reasoning, spatial visualisation, analysis and abstract thought. In following the philosophy of Edmund Rice Education, St. Patrick’s College seeks excellence in academic achievement and so all year levels at St. Patrick’s College spend up to three hours a week learning new mathematical procedures and improving their proficiency of them. Some students have the opportunity to enhance their higher order thinking skills and overall academic results by spending a further three hours a week in additional Mathematics classes.