Mr I Wilkinson (Subject Co-ordinator)
Dr U Budd
Mr L Carolan (Career Break)
Ms J Condell
Ms J Deacon
Mr D Fennell
Mr R Hilliard
Mr E Keegan (Career Break)
Ms C Rellis (Career Break)
Ms C Ring
Ms D Thorp
The High School has always placed a strong emphasis on the teaching of mathematics and we seek, as a department, to continue this tradition. Many of our students continue to study mathematics in various forms in third level education and with that in mind we aim to give them the best grounding possible, not just teach for the examinations at the end of the year. We view mathematics as a vital subject for all students and a way for them to learn tools for everyday life and the skills necessary to become problem solvers and critical thinkers.
All students study mathematics at a common level in First Year (unless otherwise discussed) and based on common tests in October, Christmas, and the summer they are divided into higher and ordinary level classes for the beginning of Second Year. All students continue to study mathematics at a level suitable to the individual up to Leaving Certificate.
The aims of the Junior Certificate Project Mathematics programme are to:
•To develop the mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding needed for continuing education, for life and for work.
•To develop the skills of dealing with mathematical concepts in context and applications, as well as in solving problems.
•To foster a positive attitude to mathematics in the learner.
These aims are the backbone of our mathematics teaching in The High School. The students follow the Common Introductory Course for their first year and continue in second or third year at higher or ordinary level up to the Junior Certificate.
Teachers are able to make use of a wide range of resources including laptops and data projectors in each room and more “hands-on” equipment to aid learning.
Our aims for the mathematics course in Transition Year are:
* To ensure all students are comfortable with the concepts and techniques from the Junior Certificate and to prepare them for the Leaving Certificate course in 5th year.
* To introduce the new concepts involved in the Project Maths course which have not been covered by the students up until now.
* To use everyday life problems to further the students’ mathematical skills.
Students continue to study mathematics at the level they took for the Junior Certificate. However, we generally offer a “catch up class” for those students who did well at ordinary Level or who did higher Level but need to review the Junior Certificate material at a slower pace.
In fifth and sixth year we aim to prepare the students not only for the Leaving Certificate but also for their future studies or working lives. A very large proportion of the students study the Leaving Certificate higher level course and they are encouraged to continue their study of maths in third level courses.
Applied Mathematics is also offered as an option at Leaving Certificate level and we have a relatively large uptake for this subject each year.
Students are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular mathematics activities such as the International Mathematics Olympiad (one of our students was on the Irish team for the last three years) and the IMTA annual quiz (which we have won for two years in a row), and we have organised poster competitions for Maths Week. We also have a Maths Club run by 5th year students, whose purpose is to provide a place where those who enjoy mathematics can extend their knowledge and where those who have difficulties can get some help.