Sydney Technical High School’s Mathematics Faculty follows the NSW BOSTES Syllabus for the Australian curriculum. Our students are challenged and enriched in their studies of mathematics, rather than accelerated.
Years 7-10 (Mathematics)
We offer a differentiated curriculum that covers all content in the Stage 4 to Stage 5.3 NSW Syllabus. Students have access to all knowledge required to study any level of the senior courses.
The school offers a ‘Moving Forward in Mathematics’ program to students identified in Year 7 as needing further consolidation. This is done in small groups with an experienced and qualified mathematics teacher.
Years 11-12 (Mathematics)
Sydney Tech currently offers three levels of senior study:
- Mathematics (2 Unit) – On average 25 students currently study this level
- Extension 1 – 75 students
- Extension 2 – 65 students
On average half our students obtain the highest band and a further 47% achiever the next highest band. This is well above the State’s averages.
Teachers use a variety of resources, including, but not reliant on, the Cambridge textbook series.
Revision material is available through the school’s intranet site.
Enrichment and Competitions
The Mathematics Faculty at STHS prides itself on its continued successes in external competitions. The school continually scores highly in terms of Prizes, High Distinctions and Distinctions in the Australasia-wide Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), whilst it has been successful in winning the past two annual Australian National University Mathematics Competitions. While the latter competition represents the best five ‘lateral thinkers’ in Year 12, all students in the school enter the AMC.
On an internal basis, the school runs a Year 10 Talented Mathematics Students’ Day each year, and provides fortnightly mathematical quizzes, challenging all levels.
The top Year 11 students in 2015 participated in the first talented students’ day, hosted at Tech. The day involved challenging and enriching questions and team work, and schools from across the local area participated with their top talented young mathematicians.
The school provides entry to the state-wide Number Crunchers Competition for Year 7 students who are interested, and who have advanced arithmetic skills. We currently have two Year 8 students who were the past two years’ winners.
Canberra Maths Day
Each year the top five students, and accompanying teacher, head to Canberra to participate in the talented students’ day held at ANU.
They interact with the best mathematicians from Canberra and the surrounding area. They have the opportunity to see the campus of ANU, one of the leading Universities in mathematics in the country.
We have always performed well and have won the prestigious competition on several occasions.
Trevor Trotman (Head Teacher)
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