Maths

A big welcome back to the year from the St John’s Anglican College Mathematics Department. By way of introduction, my name is Miles Ford and I am the Head of Mathematics. Please feel free to contact me by phone or email (mford@sjac.qld.edu.au) if you have any queries or concerns relating to mathematics. There are a number of things happening in the Mathematics Department this year that I’d like to draw your attention to from the beginning.

Mathematics tutoring has already started and will be on twice a week throughout the year. They are on every Tuesday and Thursday at lunch in M5. There are weekly reminder notices about them in the Student Notices. These are provided for all students who are seeking support or extension with whatever level of mathematics they are undertaking.

Students in Years Seven to Nine are undertaking a new maths program, utilising Maths Pathway. This will allow us to deliver personalised learning to all mathematics students targeted at their level of understanding. Accounts have already been activated for this so students should have their login details. Please contact their class teacher if there are any issues.

With all students across the College having a laptop computer there is a high level of IT incorporated within the learning environment. Students will be expected to utilise Maths Pathway, their online texts, the College’s Moodle portal and other applications, such as Mathematica, depending on their year level and subject.

Students in Year Seven and Year Nine will also be involved in the national testing process and we will be dedicating considerable time to preparing for the Numeracy elements of the NAPLAN test. If you have any concerns about this please contact me or your child’s teacher.

There are a number of mathematics competitions held throughout the year. More details on these competitions will be made available through Student Notices and Ripples as we get closer to those events.

Finally, I’d just like to wish your children an enjoyable and successful year.

Kind regards

Miles Ford
Head of Mathematics