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James Ruse Agricultural High School

James Ruse Agricultural High School

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Telephone02 9871-7126

Emailjamesruse-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Mathematics

The study of mathematics is mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10. 

The mathematics faculty at James Ruse Agricultural High provide an academic, supportive environment sharing their passion for mathematics to allow students to achieve to their highest level. By studying mathematics, students develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical concepts and their use within the classroom and beyond.

In Year 7 to 10 students follow the mandatory Mathematics syllabus with Year 9 and 10 completing the stage 5.3 advanced course which consists of the following strands:

  • number and algebra
  • measurement and geometry
  • statistics and probability.

In year 7 and 8 we provide enrichment activities during class time where students participate in activities such as Geogebra, Mathematics and Reading, spreadsheets, problem solving, project based learning and build team work in the maths relay competition in Year 8.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of mathematics is optional. Courses offered include:

  • Mathematics Advanced (from 2019)
  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Mathematics Extension 2

Students are also provided with opportunities to develop their interest in Mathematics through activities such as the Australian Mathematics Competition, the Australasian Problem Solving Olympiad, the Mathematics Challenge and the Enrichment Stage of the Mathematics Challenge. For the high achievers we also offer Olympiad classes run by past Olympiad students and the opportunity to participate in the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad, the Australian Mathematics Olympiad as well as the University of New South Wales Mathematics Competition. A number of students are then able to participate in the Olympiad schools and the National Mathematics Summer School.

Peer Mentoring

One of the features of our student leadership program within the school is the use of our peer mentoring system. Our peer mentors are highly capable mathematics students who have volunteered to work individually with students who would like some extra help.