Maths

The ethos of the maths department is one of inclusivity where possible. Our aim is to cater for both academic and social maths so that all our students may reach their full potential. This is not only to achieve results, but also to insure that students will be competent in areas such as budgeting, measuring and other social areas of daily life.

Our goal in the mathematics department in St. Joseph’s Secondary School is to provide an educational experience that helps prepare students for successful roles in an ever changing society. This is accomplished through the department’s commitment to excellent teaching, a well designed curriculum and a supportive environment for all the students. Students are challenged to develop skills in analysis, reasoning, creativity and self expression as they gain knowledge of mathematics. We maintain high academic and behavioural expectations and make every effort to direct students to realise their full potential.

It is intended that mathematics education should:


  • A. Contribute to the personal development of the students. This aim is chiefly concerned with the students’ feelings of worth as a result of finding meaning and interest as well as achieving success in mathematics.

  • B. Help to provide them with the mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding needed for continuing their education and eventually for life and work.


The objectives of the various syllabis offered at both Junior and Leaving Certificate levels are broadly summarised as follows:

  • 1. Students should be able to recall basic mathematical facts.

  • 2. They should be equipped with competencies needed for mathematical activities.

  • 3. They should develop an understanding of individual concepts and see the subject as a logical discipline and an integrated whole.

  • 4. They should be able to apply their mathematical knowledge.

  • 5. They should be able to analyse information and solve problems using their acquired mathematical tools.
  • 6. They should be able to organise and communicate their work verbally and in writing.