Mathematics can be challenging, beautiful, powerful and fascinating. Wherever problems need to be solved, mathematics is involved. It is fundamental to the study of engineering, economics, virtually all science subjects and is useful for many other subjects.
WHY? More and more careers need some knowledge of mathematics or statistics. If you are interested in becoming a linguist, geographer or psychologist, a share-broker, architect or market researcher, a computer programmer, engineer, physicist or biologist – mathematics will open doors.
THE MATHS DEPT- HGHS Mathematics department has a strong team of teachers who are passionate about teaching Mathematics to young women. They actively seek exciting and inclusive ways of engaging students
NOTE - It is important to understand that students need to do the best they can in Year 9 and 10 Mathematics. How well they do will dictate which course they can enter at Year 11 (NCEA level 1). Good mental arithmetic is encouraged at junior level. The bridge between this and other mathematics, such as graphing or algebra, is a challenge for our girls and they are assisted every step of the way.
With BYOD being new to the school, we are in the process of locating websites or apps that operate on the many and varied devices. Some are already up and running, many links are on Moodle. Moodle is used as an access point for students to work independently in their own time.
Entrance Testing for Incoming Year 9 Students - We use this opportunity to identify those students who would benefit from being in an Extension Mathematics class. There are two Extension classes in Year 9. A Learning Assistance Programme, the LAP course, is also available for students with special needs. The other Year 9 classes are mixed ability classes, and teachers are able to extend any student who shows special ability and interest.
- Regular lunch time tutoring in M1.1 for different levels on different days of the week. This programme begins after the start of the year.
- HGHS runs an afterschool tutoring programme where senior students meet in the library with younger girls who request assistance.
- A good place to start if your daughter starts to show concerns is to approach her teacher. We want all of our students to be successful and we do care about their progress.
Maths Week - In Term Three the whole school gets excited about doing Maths and 'Thinking outside the Square', with prizes galore! The Maths Week is run in conjunction with National Maths Week.
The Australian Maths Competition - Students can enter the competition and coaching is available from teachers and senior students. All extension classes do the competition and prepare for it in class time.
The Waimaths Quiz - At the end of term 2, Quiz teams are selected for Years 9, 10 and 11 to represent the School at the Waimaths Quiz Evening (August) to compete against other schools - it is a busy, loud and frantic experience!
The Maths Department is a supportive and busy one!