The study of mathematics is an integral part of a student’s education and helps to develop a range of 21st century skills such as problem-solving, investigation, data interpretation, design and budgeting. Comet Bay College recognises the connection between mathematics and other disciplines and offers a comprehensive range of mathematics courses so that all students have the opportunity to learn at a level which best suits their ability. The desired outcome is for all students to become confident and creative communicators of mathematics with a love of learning and investigation.
Mathematics in a key part of Comet Bay College’s STEM Academy and staff strives to deliver real-world problems for student to make the discipline both relatable and enjoyable. Students can enjoy engaging design competitions and innovative business planning, while learning about finance, superannuation, budgeting and pay schedules. Demonstrating mathematics using real personal and work scenarios ensures a greater appreciation and deeper understanding of key concepts. Algebra, measurement, geometry, and statistics and probability are also integral in mathematics.
Comet Bay College is well resourced, and uses a range of state-of-the-art tools to deliver interesting and hands-on learning. Text books are complemented by the College’s interactive whiteboards, which are available in every classroom, plus iPads and mathematical and graphing software, which further enhances students’ technical skills.
Lower School students learn with like-minded peers ensure every student can achieve success in mathematics. Students benefit from the College’s strong focus on successful outcomes and Direct Instructional Learning Program which helps close the gaps in learning. Advanced preparation for OLNA testing has seen the Comet Bay College increase the median level of students’ mathematics results, which opens doors for greater pathway selections in upper school.
Students are exposed to a range of opportunities through the College’s active participation in regional, state and national mathematics competitions. Comet Bay College annually competes in the Australian Mathematics Competition, Maths Enrichment Program and the Statistical Society of Australia National Schools Poster Competition. Participation is encouraged to help students gain confidence in their delivery of mathematical concepts and promote healthy competition.
Year 11 and 12 students have five mathematics courses to choose from – the largest selection available at secondary schools in WA. Students with a sophisticated understanding of mathematics and looking to sit the university entrance exams can choose from three ATAR courses – Mathematics Specialist, Mathematics Methods and Mathematics Applications. Mathematics Essentials and Mathematics Foundation are available to students who wish to attend other teritiary education or enter the workforce at the completion of their schooling.