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.
For all years, our programmes are enriched with extension activities where all students participate in activities such as collaborative problem-solving and acceleration in some topics in Stage 5 content. Interactive technologies such as DESMOS, Geogebra and spreadsheets are also used to explore concepts.
In Year 11 and 12, the study of Mathematics is optional. Courses offered include:
Mathematics Advanced – Years 11 and 12
Mathematics Extension 1 – Years 11 and 12
Mathematics Extension 2 – Year 12 only
Students are also provided with opportunities to develop their interest in Mathematics through activities such as:
The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC)
The Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads (APSMO)
The Mathematics Challenge and the Mathematics Enrichment programs through the Australian Maths Trust (AMT).
The Enrichment classes are taught by external tutors in before or after school lesson times in Terms 2 and 3 to interested students in Years 7-10.
The high level University of New South Wales Mathematics Competition is also offered to all interested students in Years 8-10.
We also offer Olympiad classes for interested students in years 7-10 which are run throughout the year by past Olympiad students. High achievers in the AMC and other interested students have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO).
High achievers in the AIMO are invited to participate in
The Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC) Senior Contest
The Australian Mathematics Olympiad (AMO)
The Asian Pacific Mathematical Olympiad (APMO).
A number of students are then able to participate in the AMOC School of Excellence, the AMOC Selection School and the National Mathematics Summer School.
One of the features of our school's student leadership programme is the use of our maths mentoring system. Our Maths mentors are highly capable Mathematics students who have volunteered to work individually with students who would like some extra help at weekly lunchtime lessons.