Our aim is not simply to instil mathematical knowledge and skills, but to allow students to develop an appreciation of, and enjoy Mathematics as a discipline. In doing this, our horizons are never set by the series of assessments, but always beyond these to where students are headed. In preparing students for the IGCSE, we look to the skills required for the IB, and in preparing students for the IB, we look to the skills required for tertiary education.
In Grade 7 we do the ground work for the IGCSE course that starts in Grade 8. In Grade 9 and 10, our students complete the Cambridge IGCSE course in Extended Mathematics with approximately 50% of students also taking the Additional Mathematics paper. Students in Grade 11 and Grade 12 study the IB Diploma course and have the choice of doing one of three Mathematics courses. Students will have the opportunity to apply for a new set of courses from 2020 onwards. The course on offer are:
2019 - Mathematical Studies Standard Level, Mathematics Standard Level and Mathematics Higher Level.
2020 - Grade 11. Applications and Interpretations Standard Level, Analysis and Approaches Standard Level and Analysis and Approaches Higher Level.
2020 - Grade 12. Mathematical Studies Standard Level, Mathematics Standard Level and Mathematics Higher Level.
Our Approach to Learning
Our emphasis is on building skills in Mathematics based on a thorough understanding of mathematical principles and their application. Students are encouraged to undertake their own investigations under the guidance of their teacher, devise their own strategies for problem-solving, and to raise questions relating to mathematical concepts and methods. Students are mathematically active: mathematics-based investigations, which develop their skills as well as their mathematical initiative and problem-solving, give students the opportunity to explore their mathematical curiosity.
Our students may work individually, in groups or work collaboratively in problem-solving tasks and these occur in many different contexts such as competitions, projects, presentations, as well as more traditional group and individual tasks. Students are encouraged to use technology – as well as computers and web-based mathematical activities, Graphic Calculators are used from Grade 8 because their use allows students to explore mathematical relationships more efficiently and transparently.
In this way, the conventional content of Mathematics is used as a basis to help students achieve the outcomes noted above. Our students will, of course, become proficient in the traditional topics in Mathematics, but these are vehicles for promoting mathematical thinking rather than being laboured over for its own sake.
Beyond the Classroom: Waterloo University Mathematics Competitions May 2018 & May 2019
We have taken part in the University of Waterloo Mathematics Competition (Gauss, Pacal, Cayley, Fermat & Euclid) again this year. A group of over 150 students have taken part in these completions over the last two years. The aim of these competitions is to help students to reach their mathematical potential. We are delighted to have the following top performers in each grade:
Grade 7 - Two Outstanding Achievement Awards (the highest possible award for this age group) and four Distinction Awards
Grade 8 - One outstanding Achievement Award Distinction Award (the highest possible award for this age group) and one Distinction Award
Grade 9 - Twenty Distinction Awards
Grade 10 - Nineteen Distinction Awards
Grade 11 - Twelve Distinction Awards
Grade 12 - Four Distinction Awards