The Mathematics Department at St Francis Xavier College oﬀers the full range of curriculum courses as outlined in the Australian Curriculum.
Maths courses aim to create conﬁdence and enjoyment in doing mathematical activities. Students develop an awareness of how maths can be used to solve problems in everyday life. They also learn of its contribution to the development of society.
Students in Year 7 and 8 are placed in integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classes.
Students in Year 9 and 10 are placed into classes for Mathematics based on their performance the prior school year. Classes are taught in either the Extension or Mainstream mathematics courses.
There is a strong emphasis on Algebraic concepts in the Extension courses to study the full Year 10A Australian Curriculum in preparation for the Specialist Mathematics and Mathematical Methods courses in Years 11 and 12. These courses require a high level of understanding of algebraic concepts in preparation for Calculus.
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The Mathematics faculty works closely with the Inclusive Education team to meet the learning needs of all students through extra support and diﬀerentiated programs.
Students are oﬀered opportunities to participate in many enrichment activities including the Australian Mathematics Competition, the Computational and Algorithmic Challenge, Australian Mathematics Olympiad, ICAS Mathematics and Australian Informatics Competitions.
We have recently had teams participate in Maths Days for Year 10 and the ANU Maths Day for Year 12. Students in recent years have been selected to participate in the ANU Enrichment maths program and the ANU College Specialist Mathematics Extension course.
We also oﬀer additional support to students who struggle with Mathematics or would like to extend their understanding at Maths tutorials. Maths tutorials are currently oﬀered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.