Mathematics is the science of quantity and magnitude, space, patterns and relationships. It uses numbers, symbols, formulae and diagrams to link knowledge together.

It provides a universal way of solving problems. Mathematics involves a range of skills that are mastered through abstract and life experiences. Higher order thinking skills are also developed by logical reasoning and lateral thinking. Mathematics is a process that continues to have relevance in our everyday lives and helps us make sense of our world


Mathematics provides both a framework for thinking and a means of symbolic communication that is powerful, logical, concise and precise. It also provides a means by which people can understand and manage their environment.

Mathematics is integral to the students’ everyday life in the present and the future. St Bede’s College provides students with the mathematical skills to be able to function in this society.


Students will work towards the following goals:

  • Acquire mathematical skills and knowledge so they can deal confidently and competently with daily life
  • Be able to interpret and communicate quantitative and logical ideas accurately
  • Recognise the fundamental importance of mathematics to the functioning of society
  • Understand the dynamic role of mathematics in social and technological change
  • Use technology appropriately and effectively to support the learning of mathematics, and in carrying out mathematical activities in context
  • Acquire skills necessary to solve mathematical problems and to continue developing and refining these skills
  • Use mathematical equipment and tools appropriately and confidently

Program Outline

The St Bede’s College Mathematics Program has been designed to engage, motivate, challenge and extend the students.

Mathematics is compulsory in Years 7-10 and is a Core subject. In these year levels, all courses are based on the Victorian Curriculum.

In Years 7 and 8, students are placed in mixed ability classes where there is opportunity for flexible grouping and differentiation of the curriculum. A Numeracy Specialist is assigned to these classes and each class is allocated time across the cycle.This model will allow flexibility in determining the students most in need at any particular point in time.

In Years 9 and 10, students will be placed in ability classes. There are three programs on offer. A Foundation course for students needing extra support with their Mathematics, Core Mathematics which caters for the majority of students, and the Enrichment program for those students identified as high achievers requiring extension in the subject. Both the Core and Enrichment program prepare students for further Mathematics in VCE.

In VCE, the full range of Mathematics courses is offered, each one of which is designed for a different career pathway including Further Mathematics, Maths Methods and Specialist Mathematics.