“We may in fact regard geometry as the most ancient branch of physics. Without it I would have been unable to formulate the theory of relativity…” Albert Einstein (1921)
The importance of Mathematics in the school curriculum had finally been recognised by the National Department of Education with the introduction of the new FET syllabus in 2006. As from 2006, Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy became a compulsory subject from grades 10-12. In 2008 the first set of matriculants emerged from this new FET curriculum. Fortunately for us at Glenwood High School this is not a foreign concept as Mathematics has always been a compulsory subject from grades 8 -12.
There are now three examination papers in the matric final examination, viz. Paper I and Paper II which are compulsory and Paper III which is optional. At Glenwood High School Mathematics Paper III is compulsory for all learners’ in grades 10 and 11 who take Mathematics. In grade 12, the boys’ are allowed the choice of writing Paper III in the final examination.
Our boys also participate in the Harmony Gold South African Mathematical Olympiad. 100 of our top pupils are entered at no cost.
We have a Mathematics Club which meets on one afternoon a week. Here the boys are exposed to higher order Mathematics problems which will help them in the Mathematics Olympiad as well as the AMESA Mathematics Challenge.
There are extra lessons offered in the afternoon for all grades from grade 8 to grade 12 as well as for Paper III (Grade 12). The boys’ are given every opportunity to improve and excel in Mathematics. We hope that they all take up the challenge!