Maths at Lilydale High School

Students are expected to complete Mathematics as one of their core subjects up to Year 10.  In Year 11 and 12 they have the choice of completing a Mathematics course.

Junior School – Core Mathematics

Year 7

Year 8

  • 5 periods per week

Middle School – Core Mathematics & Bridging Maths

Year 9

  • 5 periods per week PLUS
  • 2 optional periods per week Bridging Maths

Year 10

  • 5 periods per week of Maths (Pathways, General,  Methods or Specialist)
  • Pathways and Specialist with teacher recommendation


Year 11

Courses available include:

  • 5 periods per week of General Maths
  • 5 periods per week of Maths Methods
  • 5 periods per week of Specialist Maths

Year 12

Courses available include:

  • 5 periods per week of Further Maths
  • 5 periods per week of Maths Methods
  • 5 periods per week of Specialist Maths


Cross-Age Tutoring Program

Students requiring extra assistance in Mathematics can attend the Cross-Age Tutoring Program.  This Program operates on Monday from 3.00 pm to 3.45 pm in the Library.  Students are tutored by current Year 11 VCE students one-on-one, or in small groups, and focus on basic skills or current areas of need. All students are welcome can attend as needed, with parental permission.

Online Resources and Programs

Year 7 and 8 students at Lilydale High School have access to Maths Pathway through personalised usernames and passwords.  The online program is a valuable resource to aid students in their understanding and individual learning.

Please click on the links below to access:

Khan Academy is another website that students may find useful.  Students can make use of their extensive video library, practice exercises and assessments.  Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available free of charge.

Homework Program

Junior School

The Homework Program aims to improve student’s problem-solving abilities by learning to work like a mathematician and applying strategies to worded problems. The Program is centered around eight weekly sheets per term (seven in Term 1), of three questions each, and assistance will be provided once a week in class. These sheets should then be completed at home and submitted.

Middle School

Students in Years 9 and 10 complete a combination of the above problem solving questions as well as relevant skills from recently learnt topics.  Students are set one sheet each week, which could take up to an hour to complete. As well as this students should spend up to another 30 minutes completing unfinished classwork or revising their notes in preparation for tests and examinations.


Students in VCE have no designated homework resource but are expected to do at least 2 hours of homework each week.  This will usually consist of completing required work tasks, revising for examinations, preparing summary notes in the bound reference or making use of resources such as StudyON, Edrolo, or additional resources given to them by their teacher.


Students in Year 10 to 12 are expected to use the TI-Nspire CX CAS Calculator.  All CATs, SACs and VCAA examinations require students to demonstrate their competence in the use of this calculator.  They are available for purchase from the General Office for $210.00.

Students in Year 7 to 9 are encouraged to use the Ti-30 XB MultiView Calculator, which are available from Lilydale Books for $28.95.


All students in Years 10 to 12 sit End of Semester and End of Year Examinations (Year 9 students sit one End of Year Examination).  VCE students are allowed to use one bound reference for assistance during these examinations.  The bound reference should consist of a collection of notes that students have written throughout the semester in class that they can then utilise if they need to.  Guidelines for ‘use of bound references’ for all Schools and VCAA examinations can be found here. Students in Years 9 and 10 can have 4 one sided set of handwritten notes for their examinations.

Elizabeth Rundell

Head of Mathematics