Faculty of Mathematics
Years 9 and 10
The Mathematics Programme utilises the Achievement Objectives set at Levels 3 to 5 of The New Zealand Curriculum, building on work already achieved at intermediate school level. Running through the course are the key competencies: thinking, using language, symbols and texts, managing self, relating to others, participating and contributing.
Asttle Testing is done in Years 9 and 10 to identify what curriculum levels students are at, and then used to develop programmes that address learning gaps in each class.
The course develops students' Number, Measurement, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Probability skills.
Students will be encouraged to develop their numeracy skills by being introduced to, and engaging with a range of mathematical problems. Students will have opportunities to develop their thinking skills; understanding of language, symbols and texts; self management; ability to relate to others and participate and contribute with the issue affecting the world around them.
Senior Mathematics and Statistics (NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3)
A range of courses are available at the senior level catering for differing interests and ability levels.
Mathematics is compulsory at Year 11, as 10 Numeracy Credits are required to reach Level 1 NCEA. We offer both an external and an internal course.
Most students will also do Mathematics in Year 12, as it is a requirement for most tertiary courses, and its concepts and skills are fundamental to many science courses. Again Saint John's offers both external and internal courses.
In Year 13, mathematics is split into two different specialised areas: Statistics and Calculus.
A background in Statistics is a requirement for most of the courses offered by tertiary institutions these days, while studying Calculus is necessary for those students who want to pursue engineering or medicine as a career.
Each year we compete in the annual WaiMaths competition, in which teams from around the region compete in a Maths-based quiz against the clock. This year was our most successful ever, with two first placings for our Year 9 and Year 11 teams.
Mr Justin Harris (Head of Faculty)
Mr Mark Plant (Assistant Head)
Mr Harnesh Prasad
Mr Kyle Jackways
Mr Bradley Edmondson
Mr Campbell Till
Mr Malcolm Barr
Mr Timothy Sadumiano