Mathematics

The study of Mathematics is compulsory until the end of Year 11.

At Westminster, we structure Mathematics to give all students the opportunity to enjoy success and to develop to their full potential. The mathematics teachers are all well qualified, work as a team and focus on not just working through the curriculum but also developing a passion for and enjoyment of mathematics in their students.

Students at Westminster participate in the SA Schools Mathematics Competition; the Australian Mathematics Competition (Westpac) and the Annual MASA Maths Quiz Night which we also host.

Our students enjoy success in all these activities plus they achieve outstanding results at Year 12.

Technology is an integral part of all Mathematics courses at Westminster. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 extensively use graphics calculators and thus these are a compulsory item. From Year 9 the students have the use of a laptop which allows the teachers to make use of numerous software packages to assist the students to further their understanding of the concepts being taught.

Years 8 to 10

In Years 8, 9 and 10 the students are placed in classes of similar ability. At all levels students are challenged and provided with opportunities to improve their skills and understanding. 

The students in the Advanced classes are provided with a further, challenging enrichment program. Students who struggle with Mathematics are placed in the Recovery class where they are given opportunities to fill the gaps in their knowledge and move into one of the Standard classes. 

In Years 9 and 10, a Mathematical Applications course is offered for students who struggle with the algebraic concepts and who would benefit from a more practical approach to Mathematics. The inclusion in this course is by invitation and only occurs after consultation with the parents.

Years 11 and 12

In Years 11 and 12 courses studied are broadly determined by the SACE board. All students must achieve at a C level in 10 points of Mathematics, preferably in Year 11, in order to be awarded their SACE.

Stage 1 (Year 11)

At Westminster we offer two courses at Year 11: Mathematics (30 points) and Mathematical Applications (20 points).  Within Mathematics a further three options are available for students depending on their aspirations for Year 12 Mathematics. In Semester 2 a third course, Mathematical Pathways, is offered to those students who did not achieve a C grade or better in Mathematical Applications.

Stage 2 (Year 12)

There are four Mathematics courses offered at Westminster: Specialist Mathematics and Mathematical Studies; Mathematical Studies; Mathematical Methods and Mathematical Applications. Students choose the appropriate course in consultation with their Mathematics teacher.