Ambition: Learning for Life, more students excel in maths
Education State Target: By 2020 for Year 5 and 2025 for Year 9 students, 25 per cent more students will be reaching the highest levels of achievement in mathematics.
Lunch time activities have a new meaning at Braybrook College, as students brush up on their numeracy skills.
School principal Kelly Panousieris and Numeracy Coordinator Morag Brennan set up the maths centre at the end of Term 1. The centre gives students a space, outside of the classroom, where they could seek additional support to help them achieve their best.
The centre is seen as a collaborative space for students to complete activities, and their maths homework, with a maths teacher on hand to answer any questions.
Ms. Panousieris said the maths centre operated on a daily basis, with about 50-75 students a week now willing giving up their lunch time to spend time in the centre and brush up on their maths skills.
She said students had nothing but praise for the centre and thought it was a wonderful resource. “They tell me they now feel more confident going into tests.”
Ms. Brennan said a number of gadgets for hands-on problem solving were available within the centre and as well as the Mathletics program.
She said having the Mathletics program in the centre meant students who didn’t have a computer at home could complete their homework and not fall behind.
“I also work closely with the school’s maths faculty to provide data analysis for teachers so they can tailor their lessons to suit all students, and I also train every maths teacher to set up maths exercises in the Mathletics program to suit individual student needs.”
Braybrook College’s maths centre is one example of the great initiatives underway across the State to support the achievement of the Education State targets, including that more students excel in mathematics.
Video: Principal Kelly Panousieris, Numeracy Coordinator Morag Brennan and Year 9 students – Kim NYUGEN & Paw K’Pru SAY KAW and Year 7 students – Jade LENNIE & Bailey CAMPBELL