Mathematics is a core subject in the curriculum in which all students are encouraged and provided with the support and opportunity needed to develop to their full potential. The teachers in the Mathematics Department are experienced and well qualified, work as a team and focus on fostering a passion for and enjoyment of mathematics in their students.
Students at Pembroke School enjoy success at all levels, including exceptional results at Year 12 SACE and IB.
Middle School Mathematics
Australian Curriculum Mathematics courses are taught throughout the Middle School. In Years 7-9, students are placed in classes of similar ability, known as Sets. In Year 10 students choose between two Australian Curriculum courses, Mathematics 10A and Mathematics 10 or they select Mathematical Applications, an internal course that is designed for students who are seeking a more practical business related Mathematics course.
Students are challenged at all levels and have many opportunities to improve skills and knowledge. The opportunity to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition is offered to all students.
Students in the top sets are further challenged by a rigorous extension programme involving the Mathematics Olympiad, SPE Mathematics Competition and the Mathematical Challenge and Enrichment programme. The top set class in Year 9 is accelerated and takes the Mathematics 10A programme. This group then take the SACE Stage 1 Mathematics course in Year 10.
Students in Years 7-10 who struggle with Mathematics are well supported in smaller class groups. Under the guidance of their teacher they develop their mathematical skills and understandings and build their confidence to problem solve and think critically.
Senior School Mathematics
Mathematics in the Senior School offers students the opportunity to undertake either SACE or IB Diploma courses. Multiple classes are available for all SACE courses and levels. In 2016 the new Australian Curriculum courses, Essential Mathematics, General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics will be introduced into Stage 1. 2016 will also be the last year for the current South Australian Stage 2 mathematics courses and in 2017 they will be replaced by the Australian Curriculum courses.
IB students have three courses of Mathematics to choose from, depending on their skills and ability. These are Higher Level Mathematics, Standard Level Mathematics and Mathematical Studies - Standard Level. Mathematics SL Anticipated is also offered to students who have participated in the Year 10 Accelerated Programme. This enables them to complete their study of IB Mathematics at the end of Year 11 in the Diploma.
Technology is an integral part of the Mathematical courses offered at Pembroke School. All students from Year 8 to 12 extensively use a graphics calculator, and as such these are a compulsory item.