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Staff

  • Mr P Quinn
  • Mr M Doyle
  • Mrs H Doherty
  • Mrs S O'Hare
  • Mr P McLoughlin
  • Miss C McSorley
  • Mrs L Grant
  • Ms L Martin
  • Mr M McLoughlin

Mathematics is a subject which is rich in opportunities for developing careers and acting as a doorway into third level education. It is all around us; in the places we live and in the things that we use. Its study develops an array of problem solving skills and reasoning which people utilise in many different walks of life. People recognise that it provides the foundation for much of the work carried out in science and engineering but it is found in many other disciplines as well including medicine, design, computing, accounts, business and economics to name but a few.

KS3

Students follow the Key Stage 3 revised curriculum experiencing mathematics in the contexts of Processes, Number, Algebra, Shape and Space and Data Handling. Throughout the Key Stage students are assessed and given opportunities to demonstrate their abilities in each of these areas.

Practical work

All students perform accredited CCEA tasks using ICT to solve mathematical problems and carry out mathematical investigations in Using Maths.

Extra-Curricular

Lasco Maths Challenge

LASCO is the Latin American Street Children Organisation, a registered charity formed in Northern Ireland in 1985 to help provide education and healthcare to some of Latin Americas estimated 40 million street children. Not only is this annual challenge aimed at supporting less fortunate children but is also intended to bring schools closer together and provide an opportunity for pupils to both collaborate and compete, extending their experience both academically and pastorally.

Last year three Year 11 classes participated in the challenge in February. This required students to work in groups to solve a series of mathematical problems. Doing so gave rise to discussion and debate. The three classes competed against each other as well as other schools across Northern Ireland in order to determine which class could solve the greatest number of problems accurately. In addition to providing an opportunity to explore the use mathematics and communicate ideas each student also made a donation with all proceeds being sent to the LASCO charity.

John Hooper Medal for Statistics

The John Hooper Medal for Statistics was launched by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on the first World Statistics Day on 20th October 2010. 256 student groups in total registered for the competition from the whole island of Ireland. 101 posters, both Irish and English language entries, were received in the CSO.

The purpose of the competition is to improve students' abilities to describe their world with the help of statistics and to use statistics as a tool for making sense of daily life.

Last year a team of 3 Year 12 students entered the competition using the theme of the environment within geography to set the context for designing their poster entry for the competition.

World Maths Day & European Maths Day

Students compete in school against other students around the world or across Europe in live games of mental arithmetic. Each game lasts for 60 seconds and students can play up to 100 games, earning points for their personal tally. Students can play beyond 100 games during the event, but points will only count to the World Maths Day (or European) Mathometer, not their personal point score. The students who answer the most questions correctly will appear on the Hall of Fame. There are 5 levels of play, 20 games on each level.

In 2010-2011 Juniors maths students had the opportunity to participate in both competitions on-line which students found exciting and challenging.

 

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