Extending Our Girls in Maths

This week we chatted with Dr Chrissie Fossey, about the Maths Extension Program offered to students in Years 5 & 6.

How are students identified for the Maths Extension class?

At the start of Term 1, Years 5 and 6 teachers identify students who have strong maths skills based on their work in class and also from in-house testing results. These students then attend Maths
Extension lessons in place of their normal maths lessons. The girls attend these classes four times a week. We regularly do pre-tests for each new topic. When we see students are particularly strong or weak in an area, we move them between our classes so there is movement in and out of classes throughout the term. 

Who is the class aimed at?

The class is aimed at students who have strong maths skills in the topic we are studying and who enjoy a challenge. I aim to make sure all students work outside their comfort zone and feel regularly challenged. I don’t want the work to be easy, I want students to learn to persevere in maths even if they don’t get the final answer correct. It’s the progress they make and the feeling of working through a difficult problem that we want to familiarise them with. This will help prepare them for their future learning experiences.

What makes this class different to a regular Maths class?

This class is different in that we will often cover the main curriculum faster than in the normal class allowing us time to complete enrichment work on the same topic. This leads to a deeper understanding and also to experience the discomfort and enjoyment of difficult maths. Most importantly, I want them to really enjoy doing maths.

Below is an example of an extension question on perimeter and area, that our Year 5 students worked on in class. 

Maths Challenge Competition

Currently I have 32 students across Years 5 and 6 completing the Maths Challenge competition, organised by the Australian Mathematics Trust. This competition runs over three weeks. Students have to answer four different problems. Each problem consists of four parts and may take an hour or more to work through.

The girls can work on their own or in groups of up to three students. Many are using their recess time to work on these problems together. All students in Years 5 and 6 were invited to participate and its fantastic that so many have chosen to spend their free time both in and out of school to do some extra maths. The buzz in the room and the conversations they are having about maths when they are working on the problems is so exciting to hear.

Alexa Teixeira’s Journey from Santa Maria College to the screen

From a gap year adventure in California to working alongside Hollywood stars in Western Australia’s thriving screen industry, Alexa Teixeira’s journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. Graduating from Santa Maria College in 2015, Alexa deferred her sports science degree to explore a newfound passion for filmmaking. Her experiences, from Warner Brothers Studio tours to assisting renowned actors like Daisy Ridley, highlight a remarkable career shaped by spontaneous decisions and a deep love for the arts.

Read More »

Equipping Our Year 10 Students for the Future

Santa Maria College’s Future10 Program empowers Year 10 students with comprehensive guidance for academic and career planning. Through personalised course counselling, resources like the Learn Curriculum Handbook, and interactive events such as the Course Expo, students gain clarity and confidence in their subject choices. The program fosters a collaborative approach involving parents, teachers, and external representatives, ensuring students are well-prepared for their future pathways.

Read More »
the Winter Appeal and Outreach Mass at Santa Maria College.

Term 2 – Empowering Students and Community – Jennifer Oaten

As we conclude another remarkable term at Santa Maria College, we celebrate the myriad achievements and growth of our students. Term 2 was filled with empowering opportunities, from faith-based activities and learning innovations to social awareness projects and community engagements, embodying our Mercy values and commitment to excellence.

Read More »
Scroll to Top