Every child attending James Ruse is gifted and talented. They will do well and achieve high ATARs, but it is the school's responsibility to do more than this. One aspect of this responsibility is to recognise each student's interests lie in different areas; all are mathematicians to varying degrees. Some have extra talent and more importantly, interest and love for Mathematics while others' interests lie in different areas. The aim is to encourage students to explore their own interest areas and to enrich and extend themselves through a challenging and engaging curriculum programmes. We encourage the students to enhance their higher order thinking by exposing them to lateral as well as extension topic areas that are not incorporated in the regular syllabii and for Mathematics in particular, we do encourage competition and the pursuit of excellence.
The staff of the Mathematics faculty is a group of very experienced teachers with a great depth of knowledge, understanding and skill level. They have a proven record of achievements not only in HSC performances but also in external examinations and competitions.
The teachers of the faculty teach the DET courses of NSW for Stage 4, 5 and 6, where for Stage 5 we complete to the level of 5.3. Our programs follow Gagne's theory on gifted and talented students using the Maker Model for Years 7-10 and we also go to a greater depth (higher order thinking style) in the many BOS topic areas as well as incorporating additional topics that are appropriate.
In Y10 we grade the five classes. In Stage 6 Year 11 there is one 2U Mathematics class and seven Mathematics Extension 1 classes. In Year 12, there is one 2U Mathematics class and up to four Mathematics Extension 2 classes.
The extra-curricular activities we offer are intended to assist the students to:
The Mathematics faculty selects students into:
There are fees associated with these activities and classes are held one morning each week in Terms 2 and 3. The programmes are greatly assisted by the University of Canberra's activities from the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT).
There are a number of other competitions which the students of James Ruse can enter:
From these competitions, students are then invited and or selected to participate in: