Mathematics

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Staff

Subject Head
Janice Bell: BA (UNISA), HDE (UPE)
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Teaching Mathematics at Grey since 1989 (30 years experience includes Higher Grade Maths; Geometry; Grade 9 and 10 AdMaths; OBE; NCS; NCAPs; marking of external matric maths papers). Current Academic Portfolios: Subject Head: Mathematics; Gr 8 – 12 maths ; Gr 8 Support; Grade 11 Support; Intervention Programme; Homework Help.

Lucille Mather: BA, HDE (UPE), DipData (UNISA), B Ed (Stell)
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Teaching Mathematics at Grey since 1998 (37 years’ experience includes 15 years lecturing at a Teacher’s Training College training maths teachers, Higher Grade Maths; AP Maths for 15 years; lecturing maths for the Advanced Course in Education and BED for NMMU, master trainer for ABET, co-ordinating Maths Winter and Spring Schools for 20 years, written material for Maths revision supplement that was published in the Weekend Post, facilitator for maths workshops run by NMMU to improve mathematics in the schools). Current Academic Portfolios: Grade 9 Grade Head; Gr 8 – 11 maths ; Grade 12 ADMaths; Maths Competitions and Olympiads; Outreach Programme ; Grade 12 AP Support.

Darrell Wicht: BSc (UPE), HDE (UNISA)
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Teaching Mathematics at Grey since 1999. Current Academic Portfolio: Grade 8– 12 Mathematics. Qualifications: B.Sc (Mathematics lll ; Applied Mathematics lll and Computer Science lll) – UPE, HDE – UNISA

Louis du Plessis: BA (Ed), Phys Ed (Hons) (UPE)
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Current Academic Portfolios: Grade 8-12 Math

Linda Carr: BSc, HDE (Wits)
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Current Academic Portfolios: Grade 8;9;12 Maths; Grade 9 AccMaths ; Grade 11 AccMaths; Grade 10 Maths support;Grade 11 AccMaths support; Grade 12 Maths support. Grade 11 Grade Head; Teacher Head of Academic Support. Qualificatiohns: B.Sc (Mathematics lll and Psychology lll) – University of the Witwatersrand. H.Dip. Ed (Maths teaching methodology Cum Laude; Guidance Teaching Methodology Cum Laude)- University of the Witwatersrand

Teaching Experience (29 years): Collegiate Girls’ High 1990 (Mathematics Gr 8 to Gr 10 HG); Biology (Grade 8). Maths Tutor – Jeffreys Bay 1991 (Grade 8 to Grade 12). Pretoria Boys’ High School 1992 (Mathematics Grade 8 to Grade 12 SG and HG) Sandringham High School 1993 – 1994 (Mathematics Grade 8 to Grade 12 HG). Maths Tutor – Johannesburg 1995 – 1997 (Top HG students Grade 11 and Grade 12) Marked IEB Grade 9 external papers, marked ABET exams and wrote material for ABET textbook. Selborne College 1998 – 2009 (Mathematics Grade 8 to Grade 12 HG; Introduced Math Lit Curriculum – Grade 10 to Grade 12; Founded and established Maths Academic Support; Head of Maths Department in 2009) Grey High School 2010 to present (experience includes Grade 9 Admaths)

Beän van Eeden: BEd (Hons) (NMMU)
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Teaching Mathematics at Grey since 2014. (6 years of experience). Current Academic Portfolio: Grade 9;10;11 Maths | Grade 8 – 9 Subject Head: Technology | Gr 12 Business Studies

Tyler Botha: BEd (NMMU)
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Grade 8 and 9 Maths ; Grade 10 -12 Maths Literacy (Subject Head)

Michelle Miles: BSocSci (Rhodes), PGCE (UNISA)
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Current academic portfolios:

Grade 8-12 Maths; Grade 10 AccMaths ; Grade 11 AccMaths; AccMaths co-ordinator

Qualifications:

BSc, HDE cum laude (University of Port Elizabeth) ; QTS (United Kingdom)

Maths Teaching Experience:

2001-2004: Selborne College (also Kip Magrath part time tutor during 2002-2004)

2005-2009: Carshalton High School for Girls (UK) I became the Deputy Faculty Leader of Maths in 2008.

2010-2013: Graeme College

2014-2015: DSG & St Andrews College

2016: Miles of Maths tutoring

2017-present: Grey High School

Rebaone Gabanakgisi: BSc MATHS (University of Pretoria); PGCE (with distinction) University of Johannesburg

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Maths Teaching Experience:

2017 – 2018: Pinagore High School (North West province) : taught maths; natural science; life science

2019 – 2020: St John’s College (mathematics teacher intern)

2021 – present: Grey High School

Current academic portfolios:

Grade 8 – 11 Core Maths; Grade 12 APMaths; Mathematics competitions and Olympiads

What does the Maths Department Offer?

Qualified and experienced staff

Refer to qualifications and experience above.

The Grey Staff are exceptionally passionate and hard-working. Teaching practices are continuously re-assessed and adapted to suit the classes passing through each teacher’s hands and the entire Maths staff attends at least one subject-specific teacher’s seminar per year. Assessment is on-going and exceeds departmental SBA requirements.

State-of-the art teaching environment

The maths department is blessed to have the privilege of teaching in modern classrooms with access to many technologically advanced teaching aids which help to clarify and focus the pupils attention on the desired outcome without the distracting and mind-numbing influence of old-fashioned teaching practices. Chalk and talk still has its place but our data-projectors and programmes such as Geometer’ Sketch-pad, Autograph and Geogebra have, along with access to Power-points, YouTube, visualisers and Schoology have made the teaching/learning experience more exciting and relevant for both educators and lear

Accelerated Maths for selected pupils in Grades 9 -11

The Accelerated programme allows pupils with an aptitude for maths, a good attitude and a sound work ethic the opportunity to cover the Grade 9 -12 curriculum in 3 years. The accelerated pace keeps the more capable pupils on their toes and prevents them from getting bored with the subject. Pupils need to develop good time-management skills and a sound work ethic in order to deal with the extra load. The skills thus developed go far beyond the content but develop life-skills which will make the pupils self-reliant, responsible and highly employable. It is common for pupils to struggle to adapt in the first few years of the programme and there may be a decline in the pupils’ core maths results initially.  The Core results are carefully monitored and if we feel that a pupil is not coping with the programme, they will be advised to change to Core Maths. The positive spin-off seems to “kick-in” during Grade 11 and it is at this important stage that the pupils’ marks (particularly with respect to Grade 11 Core Maths) start to climb rapidly upwards.

APMaths for elite Grade 12 pupils

APMATHS is a recognised IEB subject which will shortly be gaining international recognition (on par with A-levels). Pupils who follow this course will find themselves at a distinct advantage when they reach tertiary education, particularly those who intend following courses requiring pure mathematics (Engineering, Actuarial Science, etc). Pupils who have completed the Accelerated course and choose not to do APMaths have the advantage of 9 months of revision of Grade 11 and 12 core maths, and the opportunity for extensive exposure to the higher level questions that separate the men from the boys in the final exams.

SCHOOLOGY

Schoology has proved to be an easy-to-use and highly accessible app for maximising the pupils’ access to both teaching and revision material without the enormous waste of paper so prevalent in the past. Past papers, revision documents and memoranda are continuously uploaded to assist the pupils with preparation for tests and exams. Recorded video lessons and power-points are available for pupils who have missed lessons due to sport or illness, and are a valuable resource for revision and support.

Grade 8 Information

Curriculum

As per CAPS DOCUMENT

Textbooks

PRACMATHS GRADE 8

Stationery requirements

1 x 196 page hard-covered A4 notebook
30 page flip-file
All students are expected to own an approved scientific calculator and a geometry set.

Grade 9 Information

Curriculum

As per CAPS DOCUMENT

Textbooks

PRACMATHS GRADE 9

Stationery requirements

1 x 196 page hard-covered A4 notebook
30 page flip-file
All students are expected to own an approved scientific calculator and a geometry set.

Grade 10 Information

Curriculum

As per CAPS DOCUMENT

Textbooks

MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 10 Textbook
MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 10 Geometry Workbook

Stationery requirements

1 x 196 page hard-covered A4 notebook
30 page flip-file
All students are expected to own an approved scientific calculator and a geometry set.

Grade 11 Information

Curriculum

As per CAPS DOCUMENT

Textbooks

MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 11 Textbook
MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 11 Geometry Workbook

Stationery requirements

2 x 196 page hard-covered A4 notebooks
30 page flip-file (Grade 11 students may work in a file if preferred)
All students are expected to own an approved scientific calculator.

Grade 12 Information

Curriculum

As per CAPS DOCUMENT

Textbooks

MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 12 Textbook
MIND ACTION SERIES MATHEMATICS 12 Geometry Workbook

Stationery requirements

2 x 196 page hard-covered A4 notebooks
30 page flip-file (Grade 12 students may work in a file if preferred)
All students are expected to own an approved scientific calculator and a geometry set