2015

The Maclean High School Mathematics Department has been implementing a series of innovative practices over the past few years. I would like to take this opportunity to talk about a few of these so that you are able to clearly see what we offer that you will not find at another school in the region.The Maclean High School Mathematics Department has been implementing a series of innovative practices over the past few years. I would like to take this opportunity to talk about a few of these so that you are able to clearly see what we offer that you will not find at another school in the region.The Maclean High School Mathematics Department has been implementing a series of innovative practices over the past few years. I would like to take this opportunity to talk about a few of these so that you are able to clearly see what we offer that you will not find at another school in the region. We have recently implemented the Australian National Curriculum. Our department organised and implemented this curriculum in 2014. This means that each of our teachers have been developing resources and preparing learning activities for over two years. Other schools however have only been implementing the complete national curriculum since the start of 2015. We have supported this implementation by developing an innovative assessment strategy.  This strategy: assesses students on the outcomes that have been presented in class; builds confidence and promotes success in all of our students; provides you with feedback at the end of each term on how your child is going in each unit of work; provides your child's teacher with ongoing information on areas that require additional remediation, consolidation, and support; and, allows us to liaise with the learning support team to maximise your child's access to this team. This assessment strategy, combined with our schools size, commitment to differentiating the curriculum and our ability to adjust your child's mathematics class regularly allows us to group students based on their: individual strengths and weaknesses; their level of ability; and, their individual progression through the curriculum. Whilst most schools in the area don't have the ability to structure their classes from Year 7, the ones that do are not large enough to provide between five and six different class ability groupings. Unfortunately in these cases the majority of students are not catered for. At Maclean High School there is a class that suits every child's needs and we are committed to finding it and providing the necessary support and or challenge to ensure your child is performing to the best of their ability. We are able to offer classes to support our high performers, students who require additional support, as well as classes to support most of our students who fall somewhere in between. We make these classing adjustments at the end of each term. As a result the teachers in my department are able to: provide targeted learning activities to differentiate the curriculum to maximise your child's growth in number and algebra, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability, as well as numeracy; and, by the end of Stage 4 we will have a clear picture of your child and be able to offer the best curriculum options for your child in Stage 5 and 6. 2015, Term 2, Week 6: Over the past three weeks the Mathematics Department have made some major updates to our website. We have also been receiving a significant increase in the number of visitors logging into our website. Some of the more recent changes have included the addition of specific programs and activities we have in place to support both our gifted learners as well as students who require adjustments to their learning. Out of these programs we are most excited about the introduction of the Maclean High School Mathematics League.

This league is a competition that aims to enhance and increase achievement of outcomes in participating students. This league provides varied levels of access depending on each child's ability and will benefit all involved both academically and socially. We encourage you to keep an eye out for more information both here, in the school newsletter, and under Mathematics League in Programs and Support on this website.

In Week 5 these programs and activities as well as other innovative mathematics practices and pedagogies that we have in place at Maclean High School were explained by the Head Teacher of Mathematics, Mr S Boon, to parents of students enrolling in Year 7 in 2016. For those parents who were unable to attend a transcript has been provided below. This night was a great opportunity to connect and network with parents and teachers. We would like to thank Mrs Kane for her organisation of this information night.

Parents and Carers of students in Years 11 should also be aware that if their child is studying Mathematics or General Mathematics they will be sitting their second assessment task this year in Week 9. This assessments type is an Open Book Examination and they will receive notification of this task in Week 7. Students studying Mathematics Extension will be sitting the same type of task in Week 10 and will receive notification in Week 8. Students are able to bring in hand written notes into this task to support students who suffer from exam anxiety. As a result we encourage all students to use this time to revise their class notes, consolidate their learning by completing practice questions from their texts, and preparing and organising their notes for their exam. As always the teachers in the Mathematics Department are more than happy for students to seek additional support and guidance at any time.

 

[Transript from Year 6 Parent Information Night - 2015: S Boon]

[tratttttThe Maclean High School Mathematics Department has been implementing a series of innovative practices over the past few years. I would like to take this opportunity to talk about a few of these so that you are able to clearly see what we offer that you will not find at another school in the region.

We have recently implemented the Australian National Curriculum. Our department organised and implemented this curriculum in 2014. This means that each of our teachers have been developing resources and preparing learning activities for over two years. Other schools however have only been implementing the complete national curriculum since the start of 2015. We have supported this implementation by developing an innovative assessment strategy.  This strategy: assesses students on the outcomes that have been presented in class; builds confidence and promotes success in all of our students; provides you with feedback at the end of each term on how your child is going in each unit of work; provides your child's teacher with ongoing information on areas that require additional remediation, consolidation, and support; and, allows us to liaise with the learning support team to maximise your child's access to this team.

This assessment strategy, combined with our schools size, commitment to differentiating the curriculum and our ability to adjust your child's mathematics class regularly allows us to group students based on their: individual strengths and weaknesses; their level of ability; and, their individual progression through the curriculum. Whilst most schools in the area don't have the ability to structure their classes from Year 7, the ones that do are not large enough to provide between five and six different class ability groupings. Unfortunately in these cases the majority of students are not catered for. At Maclean High School there is a class that suits every child's needs and we are committed to finding it and providing the necessary support and or challenge to ensure your child is performing to the best of their ability.

We are able to offer classes to support our high performers, students who require additional support, as well as classes to support most of our students who fall somewhere in between. We make these classing adjustments at the end of each term. As a result the teachers in my department are able to: provide targeted learning activities to differentiate the curriculum to maximise your child's growth in number and algebra, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability, as well as numeracy; and, by the end of Stage 4 we will have a clear picture of your child and be able to offer the best curriculum options for your child in Stage 5 and 6.

 

The Maclean High School Mathematics Department has been implementing a series of innovative practices over the past few years. I would like to take this opportunity to talk about a few of these so that you are able to clearly see what we offer that you will not find at another school in the region. We have recently implemented the Australian National Curriculum.Our department organised and implemented this curriculum in 2014. This means that each of our teachers have been developing resources and preparing learning activities for over two years. Other schools however have only been implementing the complete national curriculum since the start of 2015.We have supported this implementation by developing an innovative assessment strategy. This strategy: assesses students on the outcomes that have been presented in class; builds confidence and promotes success in all of our students; provides you with feedback at the end of each term on how your child is going in each unit of work; provides your child's teacher with ongoing information on areas that require additional remediation, consolidation, and support; and, allows us to liaise with the learning support team to maximise your child's access to this team.This assessment strategy, combined with our schools size, commitment to differentiating the curriculum and our ability to adjust your child's mathematics class regularly allows us to group students based on their: individual strengths and weaknesses; their level of ability; and, their individual progression through the curriculum.Whilst most schools in the area don't have the ability to structure their classes from Year 7, the ones that do are not large enough to provide between five and six different class ability groupings. Unfortunately in these cases the majority of students are not catered for.At Maclean High School there is a class that suits every child's needs and we are committed to finding it and providing the necessary support and or challenge to ensure your child is performing to the best of their ability.We are able to offer classes to support our high performers, students who require additional support, as well as classes to sup2015, Term 2, Week 3: The Mathematics Department has been busy preparing and finalising our half yearly reports for each of the years and will be doing so over the next few weeks. Please be aware of our reporting policy on our school's website.

In the senior school all marks reported are moderated. These are not raw marks. These marks demonstrate each of our student's performance in assessment tasks in accordance with the performance band descriptors set out by the NSW BOSTES. These descriptors can also be found on our website. The exam mark refers to specifically to their performance in their half yearly examination and the progressive mark refers their performance across all assessment tasks to date. For example if the range of marks for Band 3 is from 60 to 69. If a student scored 68 this can be interpreted as that student performing at a high Band 3 for this course.

In the junior school we do not report using marks and ranks. We do however provide you with student performance across each of our strands as well as for numeracy using the descriptors: Outstanding; High; Sound; Basic; and, Limited. These refer to grades A to E respectively. Refer to our reporting policy on our school's website. For example, if your child has received a Sound for their overall performance, this indicates their performance mark in assessment tasks was in the range of 70 to 79. You child's performance is a comparative performance of your child to students across their age cohort and not a comparison to students in their class.

This is a busy time for our Year 12 students also. These students are completing their fourth assessment task for their Higher School Certificate (HSC). This task is a project. The project consists of students completing questions from a question bank, liaising with their teachers to receive feedback and support, and then, after two weeks they complete an examination on a selection of these questions. These questions range from most of the topics they have studied to date and this will assist in students in commencing their revision and study of the Preliminary and HSC courses for their Trial HSC Examinations. This is both a busy but important time for all these students.

River of Learning is right around the corner and all students in Year 7 will participate in learning the Counting System of the Yaegl People. Mr Boon, Ms Naughten, and Mrs Rumford will be facilitating these learning activities. They include: listening to stories on counting and the Yaegl peoples number system; problem solving; physical manipulation of counting processes; and, each student reflecting on what stories they can now tell others about these systems. The Mathematics Department would like to encourage everyone attending the River of Learning day to participate in our learning display and share what they learn with others. This learning display has been constructed by students from Year 7 in 2013, 2014 and from the contribution of Year 7 students in 2015.

At the start of this term all students were re-classed across junior cohorts based on their academic performance in our internal assessment tasks. This will encourage students to consolidate their learning by completing set work and also to ensure they have completed sufficient revision prior to any assessment task. In addition to this we would like to commend all students who have received faculty award for first to for consistently demonstrating outstanding diligence and sustained effort. This will occur at the end of each term and we look forward to handing out commendations as well at the end of each semester for outstanding academic performance for our high achievers.

 

2015, Term 1, Week 10:This week signals the end of the first term of study in mathematics for 2015. Our department would like to thank all of the students who have consistently demonstrated our expected behaviours throughout this term. In particular, we would like to acknowledge those students, who have been outstanding ambassadors for Maclean High School's FRESH motto and applied themselves with diligence and sustained effort in all set tasks, by presenting them with Faculty Awards. These will be presented to students during class time by the Head Teacher of Mathematics, Mr S Boon, and their classroom teacher(s).

During Weeks 9 and 10 our Year 11 students studying the Preliminary HSC courses: General Mathematics, Mathematics, and Mathematics Extension have completed their first assessment tasks. These assessment tasks were classroom examinations weighted at 20% of their final mark. Our department has been very busy marking these assessments, along with our Year 12 students HSC Half Yearly Examination's. Students studying some courses may receive their results in these courses by the end of term; otherwise they will receive them early in Term 2.

This week our department also assessed the numeracy skills of all our students studying Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8). These numeracy assessments, The MRNT's, have been implemented by our department to: make comparisons between students; measure student growth over time; assist in programming effective learning activities; and, provide important information to our Learning Support Team. Students will sit an MRNT each term and feedback will be provided as part of their individual termly progress report. A reminder to all parents – if you did not receive your child's progress report they may not have received it as we are working towards perfect our administration of this new and innovative process. If you have not received the report by the end of Week 5 next term please contact our department.

 

2015, Term 1, Week 9:The Mathematics Department has been analysing assessment results from students study Stage 4 and Stage 5 to determine appropriate class placements for students entering Term 2. In particular this term we have been rolling out our innovative assessment strategy for students in Stage 4 and are pleased with how informative our data has been. All assessment data is used to evaluate our teaching programmes, plan for future units of work and determine appropriate class placement.

One of our goals this year is to encourage more communication between students, parents and teachers. As a result students will receive a progress report by the end of each term to take home. We encourage all parents to discuss their child's progress and future learning goals prior to commencement of term 2. If your child's results have not met your expectations rather than focusing on results already achieved we recommend focusing your discussion on working with your child to plan for future growth and approaching their teacher for remediation. Please use our Grade Descriptors document on this website to interpret your child's results. Remember that these results are comparative to your child's year cohort and not to their class.

We are also interested in providing assistance to parents who support their child outside of school time or access tutor services to interpret what outcomes and contents are delivered within the units of work your child has/will study. We hope this will help parents and tutors better structure any extra study for our students. As a result, we have uploaded parent friendly teaching and learning programmes to this website and encourage you to access these at any time and if you would like to discuss any aspect in further detail to contact your child's teacher.

Finally, we would like to wish all our students studying for their Higher School Certificate well as they prepare for and complete their Half Yearly Examinations this fortnight. If any students need assistance or support throughout this period, please come to us whenever you are free and we will be happy to help.