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Academy of Mathematics


Mathematics excellence


Mathematics at Cavendish Road SHS is delivered in-line with the Australian Curriculum requirements and QCAA expectations from years seven through ten. As a department, we offer opportunities for extension and acceleration at different junctures.

In Year 7, Mathematics is a part of the Academic Explorers Program.  We offer all students the opportunity to partake in an afterschool program which runs for 5 weeks during late Term 1. In the program, students have opportunity to work with other students to solve a succession of practical activities. The activities are designed to stretch students thinking, encourage the ability to work effectively with others and develop problem-solving skills.

The Accelerated Mathematics program begins in Year 8. The highest performing students who would most benefit from curriculum compacting are offered positions in the program. The program is designed for students who are progressing at a faster rate than their peers. Students in the accelerated program complete Years 8, 9 and 10 in a two-year period, finishing their Year 10 studies by the end of Year 9. Students would then complete Mathematical Methods one year ahead of their peers.

Students will complete Mathematical Methods by the end of Year 11. In Year 12, students will have the opportunity to study a university subject of their choice during Terms 1 and 2 and then may use the in class time to devote to other subjects during Terms 3 and 4 in preparation for their external exams. An option to repeat Units 3 and 4 of Mathematical Methods to improve student’s contribution to their ATAR may also be given to selected students.

During Year 10 we also offer a preparation course for students who wish to study Specialist Mathematics in Year 11 and 12. The aim is to give opportunity to student to become familiar with the mathematical concepts studied in in Specialist Mathematics during Year 11 and 12.

Between Year 7 and 12 there are also multiple opportunities for students to be involved in excursions, listen to invited guest speakers and be involved in both intra and interschool problem solving competitions.