By the time students leave school they need to be able to recall basic
addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts and know the metric
units of length, area, volume, mass and capacity. This is the minimum
standard. The Mathematics Department at the school aims to expand on
their basic requirement through a wide range of learning options that cater for
the needs of all students.
Nitish Lobo and Mr Harper, HOD Mathematics
Mathematics is a compulsory subject in Year 9, 10 and 11, thereafter it becomes a choice for the students. These first three years prepare students for their first qualifications which can be gained with Achievement Standards or Unit Standards.
Year 12 Achievement Standards courses prepare students for higher levels of learning at either Year 13 or in a tertiary institute. The unit standards courses lead onto the completion of a certificate qualification and onto further Year 13 studies in Unit Standards. The Level 3 Unit Standards are accepted as University Entrance qualifications.
The Secondary Numeracy Project has been introduced to Year 9 students. Initially students have been tested to determine their knowledge and skill level. It is a process based programme in which students will be learning a wide range of strategies that can be applied in all areas of mathematics. Along with our school philosophy, we aim to have "engaged active learners" in all of our mathematics classes.
Mathematics as an academic subject has undergone some substantive changes in 2010. We have fully moved into the new curriculum and have been preparing to introduce the revamped NCEA programme into 2011. Through these dynamic times the Trident Mathematics department has continued to deliver education of the highest quality to our students.