Head of Department:  Mr G Hendricks
Additional Teachers: Ms E Meyer,Ms  A Janse van Vuuren,Ms M van der Watt

Why Is Mathematics Important?

Mathematics, in one form or another, is an inescapable part of life. Every day, we must calculate, measure, or make choices based on numbers, and to be capable in this area gives us a distinct advantage. Even if only that we are able to avoid being cheated or conned!

Importantly, good results in Mathematics open many doors, especially if pupils want to further their studies in areas such as Engineering, Medicine, Science, and Technology.

A Time To Master The Basics

In the GET Phase, the foundation is laid for the work which follows in the FET Phase, and an emphasis is placed on learners mastering vital skills associated with mathematical processes, problem solving, and logical thinking. These basics are not revisited in the FET Phase.

Currently, the Grade 8 pupils are not streamed, and they are taught in their register classes. The Grade 9 pupils are streamed, as far as subject combinations allow.

Syllabus

  • Algebra
  • Graphs
  • Geometry
  • Data Handling
  • Measurement
  • Probability

Annual CASS (Continuous Assessment) Requirements

  • 1. Project
  • 2. Investigations
  • 3. Assignments
  • 3. Control Tests
  • 5. June Examinations

These are mainly done in class and make up 40% of the final mark. The final examination in November counts 60%. In Grade 9, the November examination is a Departmental one.

Pass requirements

A pupil must achieve at least 40% in Mathematics to be promoted to the next grade. A Grade 9 pupil who wants to take Mathematics, rather than Mathematics Literacy, in Grade 10, must achieve at least 50% in Grade 9.

Equipment Needed

Each pupil requires a Mathematics set in Grade 8 and 9, and anyone planning to continue with Mathematics, from Grade 10 onwards, will also need a non-graphical, non-programmable calculator. Preferably the CASIO FX 82ZA Plus Scientific Calculator.

The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.