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Mui Ne IGCSE Geography Residential

IGCSE geography: connecting our students to the world around them

The Geography Department firmly believe that learning outside of the classroom plays a fundamental role in our students building a deeper understanding and a stronger connection with the world around them, along with the challenges and possibilities that may impact their lives and communities in the future.  Our recent IGCSE residential to Mui Ne proved this.

Mui Ne IGCSE Geography Residential

This term, Ms Archer, Ms Kerr, Mr Cowen and myself had the pleasure of taking the Year 11 IGCSE geographers on a geographical fieldwork trip to Mui Ne. On this adventure the students were able to collect huge amounts of river and costal data to help them with their IGCSE “Alternative to Coursework” paper, which they will be sitting this coming June. In addition to this, the students gained valuable contextual knowledge in relation to coasts, rivers and tourism which will ensure they are able to maximise their potential in their Geographical Themes IGCSE paper.

The students worked incredibly hard over the 3 days and the Geography department would like to congratulate them on the efforts and positive attitudes they displayed over the field trip. They certainly deserved their free time in the evenings as demonstrated in the thoughts of our Year 11 Geography subject ambassador, Holly Van Zwanenberg, below.

“The past long weekend, we spent jam-packed with geographical fieldwork. It was unique to put into practice the theory that we have studied in class for the first time - and more taxing than, I think, any of us had considered. Everyone got involved in the fieldwork, varying from; sketch maps of the Sand Dunes to the Fairy Stream's corrosion and Mui Ne's coastline; to calculating depth, a cross section and velocity of the river; as well as introducing new practices such as the slope of a beach.

When we first arrived in Mui Ne, we completed a 500m transect of the main road referring to a land use survey and conducted our own questionnaires and surveys to local shop keepers and tourists. Not only physically did we work hard, but mentally too, as each evening we had sessions of data analysis and display to fully comprehend the day's successful productivity. However, not all of the trip was spent solely on geography as we had free time to spend with our friends and people we, admittedly, wouldn't have spent the time to get to know otherwise!"

Mui Ne IGCSE Geography Residential

The nature of these trips encourages students to work collaboratively as independent groups, think critically and be open minded as they reflect upon a range of contemporary tourism issues and river/coast theory. Stuart Elliot, Trip Leader

The nature of these trips encourages students to work collaboratively as independent groups, think critically and be open minded as they reflect upon a range of contemporary tourism issues and river/coast theory. It was not only a delight to see the students rise to this challenge during the trip, but also how their mind-set has changed back in the classroom. The quality of work they produced late into the evening was truly amazing. 

I would like to thank the parents for supporting the department in running this trip, and for all the time that our brilliant staff gave up to provide this opportunity for our geographers.

Stuart Elliott, Geography Teacher and Trip Leader

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