Maths For Life And Maths In Life

The Mathematics department is passionate about learning and value excellence both in our teaching and the achievements of our students. We encourage students to persevere in their problem solving. All students are encouraged to reach their potential in mathematics and to develop a curiosity about their learning. Students are encouraged to think critically about their own work. Teachers foster an environment where students are not afraid to offer their own solutions to problems and evaluate possible solutions.

Junior School

Most of our topics are introduced in Year 9 and developed throughout Year 10. The Year 10 extension class works through the Cambridge curriculum and spends time preparing themselves for examinations. Anyone that has been identified as having difficulty with basic mathematics can opt into an extra support programme focusing on numeracy to enhance their general understanding.

Senior School

There are different options for Mathematics:

  • Streamed NCEA courses (Level 1, 2 and 3)
  • IB Mathematics Standard and Studies Levels


Weekly after school tutorials are offered at all year levels. Boys are able to come along to a supportive environment to get assistance on any problems they have encountered in their work. These are run by all the mathematics staff and are well attended.

Competitions and Extra-Curricular

Several competitions are offered to the boys during the year:

  • OMAthalon
  • Junior Mathematics Competition 
  • ICAS Mathematics Competition
  • Senior Eton Mathematics Competition

Ainslie Anderson
HOD Mathematics

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