Maths, Science & Technology

Maths, Science & Technology


Creative and innovative thinking, intellectual curiosity and academic rigour underpin mathematics teaching and learning strategies at John Curtin. Students are encouraged to engage in analytical, investigative and problem solving strategies.

Students participate in competitions and enrichment tasks and use computer technology. Students are consistently awarded prizes in recognition of outstanding results in the Have Sum Fun Mathematics Competition, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Informatics Competition and Australian Mathematics Competition, Mathematics Challenge Competitions and Mathematics Enrichment. In 2015 and 2016 the college won the Leadership Award in the Governors STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Awards.

The Australian Mathematics Curriculum focuses on:

  • applying digital technologies and providing access to new tools for continuing mathematical exploration and invention;
  • developing increasing sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills; and
  • ensuring that the links and relationships between the various components of mathematics and other disciplines are made clear.

In Year 7 and 8 all students follow a general program for the whole year (those selected for AEP follow a different stream). Students are encouraged to perform well throughout the year as they will be placed into specialised pathways in Year 9. These pathways are designed to prepare students for upper school courses. This diagram shows the mathematics courses and pathways operating across the years of lower secondary schooling leading to particular combinations of upper school subjects.

Mathematics is also offered as part of our Academic Excellence Program  (AEP) in Years 7 to 10. This program provides special, discrete classes for students who have been selected on the basis of their academic performance and potential.  AEP students are offered a variety of learning experiences designed both to develop skills and competencies while providing challenging and motivating learning experiences.


Our science teachers believe it is vital that all students receive grounding in current scientific processes, knowledge, values and skills for them to function in our complex, changing society. Science at the college also provides students with the opportunity to gain a level of understanding sufficient to pursue tertiary studies in any major scientific discipline.

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are placed in non-streamed classes (unless they are selected for inclusion in the respective AEP class) where they are offered a generalised course designed to give them an overview of the major scientific disciplines and a solid foundation in scientific problem solving methods and scientific communication. In Year 10 students are streamed into pathways leading to particular combinations of upper school subjects. This diagram shows the science courses and pathways operating across the years of lower secondary schooling leading to particular combinations of upper school subjects.

Our Year 7 and 8 students are also involved in the Thinking Science project. A collaborative project with the University of Western Australia that aims to accelerate the cognitive development of students through the targeted development of higher order thinking skills and is closely aligned to the requirements of the new Australian Curriculum.

Year 12 WACE subjects on offer include Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Human Biology. In Year 11 Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Human Biology are offered. These lead to the WACE examinations. Integrated Science at a lower level is also offered. All courses are designed to match closely with the Curriculum Council guidelines on assessment and content.

Science is also offered in our Academic Excellence Program.

Technology and Enterprise

This dynamic learning area encompasses the four subjects of Computing, Business Education, Design and Technology and Home Economics and is one of the most exciting learning areas for the 21st Century.

  • Business Education includes legal studies, records management, accounting and finance.
  • Computing includes digital literacies and digital technologies including but not limited to web design, animation and programming.
  • Design and Technology including computer aided design, 3D design and printing, material design, metalwork, woodwork and applied art.
  • Home Economics includes textiles, costume design, food science including hospitality, personal grooming and child development.

These course options provide life skills to take students confidently into their futures.
Students across all years are immersed in the technology process, and undertake design projects which are either information or materials based across the four subject contexts.  Students are encouraged to be enterprising by using innovative strategies and to pursue and realise them by developing organisational, operational and manipulative skills.

Technology and Enterprise represents more than 25% of all the courses offered at the post compulsory (Year 11 and 12) level.

The learning pathways delivered are directed towards diverse careers including engineering, information technology, accounting, hospitality, marine and maritime technology, materials design and technology and aviation.

Exciting Vocational Education and Training (VET)  course options are offered, providing life skills to take students confidently into the future including CUA20715Certificate II in Visual Arts: Design context. In partnership with VETiS Consulting (52499) the certificate course is run over two years.  Students commence in Year 11.

Advanced technology

At John Curtin College of the Arts, every student has access to new media technologies and support which allows them to investigate and engage with subject matter and develop essential literacies for the 21st century.

The college encourages all students to engage the use of modern computer technology as an integral part of their learning. Students are encouraged to purchase iPads to access the college intranet, allowing sharing of resources and email.